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Blythe

Longmont, CO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 8 reviews
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  • Olive Kitteridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (380)

    At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

    BeckyC says: "Absorbing collection of linked stories"
    "Life as it is captured unerringly"
    Overall

    As I looked through the reviews and saw the strong positive and strong negative range (with little in between), I knew I was in for a treat. Anything that draws such feelings is written with true power and emotion I find. This is not escapist reading or especially light, but it is incredibly rewarding in the wise, sometimes even elegiac, light Strout sheds on the lives of ordinary people struggling through the challenges of outwardly unexceptional lives. As is true in life itself, these folks are often frustrating, silly, misguided, and, yet, all too real. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this book as much twenty years ago . . . I think you have to have been seasoned by life a bit to appreciate the challenges we all face as the 'seasonings' of life are applied and acquired . . .

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2063)
    Performance
    (1369)
    Story
    (1370)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Best dog book ever!"
    Overall

    I'm not usually one to lavish praise or load on superlatives, but this book makes me want to break that rule! This was, hands-down, the best dog book I've ever read . . . I can hardly say anything without spoiling some critical plot elements, but I recommend this hands down to anyone who knows and loves dogs. If you loved Marley and Art of Driving in the Rain, you will adore this one. It does have a few moments that will bring you tears, both sad and happy ones (I was a bit embarrassed at points as I often listen to books while commuting on the bus!), but the overall experience is one of profound joy. All I can say is get it!!

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1417)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (647)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "Worth it, overall . . ."
    Overall

    A good narrative with many fascinating moments--and very well read! But, as often seems to happen with authors who have acquired sufficient reputation and recognition, the novel needed some serious editing. There are many long, long passages that add little to the narrative and seem to speak only to Mitchell's fascination with various topics. While I appreciate his erudition and research, it often became a struggle to keep going through some of the more turgid digressions. . . Do try to hang in there, though, it is a worthwhile story overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1865)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1148)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Will keep trying . . ."
    Overall

    OK--I was about to stop after listening to it for over half of the narrative, and, looking at the existing reviews, decided to plunge back in to see if I could finish. With that said, it does have some very good moments and it is indeed fascinating, but some of the long passages of dialogue become much like being forced to overhear long and boring conversations . . . I kept losing the thread and wishing there was more detail and more variation of the pace and the structure. But, I'm going 'back in.' I'll add to this review when I finish it to say if the entire experience seemed worth it, overall . . . But, not for the faint of heart!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22822)
    Performance
    (9478)
    Story
    (9551)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Wonderful Experience"
    Overall

    I really loved this book. It took me a little bit to get into it, but, by the 3rd or 4th chapter I was hooked! Both Salander and Blomquivst are great characters and very engaging--and it is a lot of fun to get a real feel for Sweden today and to realize it is not all that different from the US today! This is especially true in some of the core issues brought to light in the book. The next one in the series is downloading to my iPod as I write this review!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1997)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (1012)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Wonderful, wonderful experience"
    Overall

    I think this one really spoke to me because I have a mixture of French and American backgrounds and also because I have spent too many years amongst the philosophers and hypocrites of academe. I think it may work best for people with some understanding of the vagaries of French culture and class obsessions. Or, it could be a wonderful eye opener for someone who would like to understand French culture better.

    In any case, it is one of the best books I've experienced in a long time . . . and the reader was tremendous. I think I may listen to it a second time soon . . . And I hope the movie, which has recently been released in France, comes to the States!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26603)
    Performance
    (13249)
    Story
    (13291)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A wonderful experience"
    Overall

    I literally could not put down my iPod while I listened to this one. Perhaps it is because of my own life experience, half in the North (NYC) and half in the South (NC), and the fact that for my first six years, I was largely raised by a black housekeeper who gave me more love and guidance than my disorganized and stressed parents could provide. I have read much that deals with the often strained relations between blacks and whites, and I have written some as well, but I rarely have seen it so pitch-perfect and so balanced and engaging. I have been recommending it to many of my family and friends with great enthusiasm . . . .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Intervention

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    New York Times - best-selling author Robin Cook returns with another ripped-from-the-headlines medical thriller, where DNA science, biotechnology, and religion collide.

    Kirk says: "Intervention"
    "Not the same Robin Cook I once knew"
    Overall

    Cook can still pace a narrative to keep you listening even as you realize it is more and more implausible and absurd. He clearly is using it at least in part as a polemic against alternative medicine--he is particularly scathing about chiropractic. His message about the Catholic Church is also mixed and bizarre. The plot is strange and disjointed, and I don't think I remember ever reading a hastier and more slapped together and implausible ending. I kept going, because it was Robin Cook and moments were interesting, but the overall effect was deeply disappointing . . . .

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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