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Caryl

SPRING VALLEY, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Haven Kimmel
    • Narrated By Haven Kimmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    When Haven Kimmel was born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was a sleepy little hamlet of 300 people. Nicknamed "Zippy" for the way she would bolt around the house, this small girl was possessed of big eyes and even bigger ears. In this witty and lovingly told memoir, Kimmel takes readers back to a time when small-town America was caught in the amber of the innocent postwar period - people helped their neighbors, went to church on Sunday, and kept barnyard animals in their backyards.

    shopgirl says: "Beautifully written, beautifully read."
    "Definitely a fun read, great story"
    Overall

    Enjoy the author's humor. It was real read but it did not have any reality that took the story dark. A story with a good outlook on life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1017)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "Better children read X rated novels then this."
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    What disappointed you about Patriots?

    This is not the worst book I ever tried to read, because I hooted with laughter over the ignorant scenes and reasoning. I mean really, when it comes to choosing the final things to bring and you are running out of room a person should choose the "family bible", not the First Aid Kit? I mean with the faith in God these folks were supposed to have you wouldn't think they needed so much in way of guns and ammunition.A can of beans costs over $100 but the heroes have enough money to stockpile gas at over $50 a gallon, while their neighbors starve? One could go on and on, and I could only handle about an hour of listening. I did do a lot of followup on the author's education, who first published this book and read many reviews pro and con. I really need to do more research before I buy a book, shame on me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Wesley Rawles again?

    NO


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Maybe....


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness, that so many thought this is a book worth reading. I sure hope children before they are college graduates don't read this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The writer has not done his homework, or research on so many topics. Oh my goodness, with 135,000 blog followers, John Rawles made it to a position on the NY Times bestseller list. That is a list of sales made, in a week nothing else. Less then 60,000 of these books have actually been published.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (880)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Lots of interesting information"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Packing for Mars to be better than the print version?

    Wouldn't know. However, the reason I love audiobooks is for the sound/sounds sometimes used and of course the narrators voice.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I agree with the philosophy, but there is so much playing on earth to be done.


    Which character – as performed by Sandra Burr – was your favorite?

    She simply narrates the authors information, no other characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some information got a chuckle, and some a smile, mostly the mind went "oh that's how they did it".


    Any additional comments?

    This writer is good at collecting the interesting details of a topic, the type that is not normally written about. The facts unless you are curious, the general public simply does not want to think about. For this reason I very much enjoy Mary Roach's novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1809)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (777)

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "History is so Interesting"
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    What made the experience of listening to John Adams the most enjoyable?

    The narration, and detail of history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Adams?

    His thoughts in later years about himself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any where he and his wife are in conversation alone together.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The political tumult of yesterday so much like today!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4301)
    Performance
    (3838)
    Story
    (3857)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Fables are still a strong tool to teach with."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) again? Why?

    Maybe, because there are so many nuances to grasp.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)?

    The revelation of the towns murderer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not at all, way to much to digest all in one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    The end of the book becomes a bit bewildering and could have ended better I believe; however it is a long topic to cover with enthusiasm enough to cover such a long story. The writer did well, hence I gave it 5 stars, pretty heavy stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (855)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Teddy says: "Excellent Book All Over"
    "Well researched documentation"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as there is so much to learn about ourselves as humans and the result is so hopeful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Better Angels of Our Nature?

    There were so many, almost every study described was an enlightenment.


    What does Arthur Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice and diction.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Civilization comes to middle-age and maturity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1719)
    Performance
    (1366)
    Story
    (1351)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Well told about ordinary life in NY late 1930's"
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    If you could sum up Rules of Civility in three words, what would they be?

    Bright intelligent women


    What other book might you compare Rules of Civility to and why?

    Fall on Your Knees, a picture of a life for a woman in her times.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Lowman – was your favorite?

    None in particular.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The imagine of Eve and Teddy and his shock at her news leaving him so adrift he runs the boat they are on ashore.


    Any additional comments?

    There were likely lots of women in this age who did not live up to the culture of a the women of that day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1345)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (998)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Can fiction ever be better then life?"
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    What did you love best about A Stolen Life?

    This is not a story I loved. It is a fascinating story of a piece of life that actually happened to someone. Fortunately, the author has excellent verbal abilities and the ability to analytically think. She describes the details very well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course the victim of the story Jaycee Dugard.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this is another book that is good paced.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing example of a young child using her innate human intelligence to survive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1776)
    Performance
    (1496)
    Story
    (1483)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Just had to follow the family into the War"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of War and Remembrance to be better than the print version?

    I consider all audio editions of books better than print version, due to voices and sound effects (occasionally used).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The long devoted, lover (albeit celebrate) of the forever stable stoic Colonel Henry.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the younger brother stumbles into his sister's apartment to find she is truly a modern woman.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I savored both books and every part.


    Any additional comments?

    This story by the time you get to it after the "The Winds of War", is not as interesting but only by a little. The multiple characters and each ones reaction to the war years keeps the interest going. This is best ascribed to the pattern of the writing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1763)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (355)

    Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

    JoAnn says: "Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm""
    "It's a Grisham novel Great"
    Overall

    This author writes an entertaining novel that causes you to be into the story to the very end, pick up every book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steve Wiegand, Erik Sass
    • Narrated By Johny Heller
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (135)

    About 60,000 years ago, the first Homo sapiens were just beginning their move across the grasslands and up the ladder of civilization. Everything since then, as they say, is history. Just in case you were sleeping in class that day, the geniuses at mental_floss magazine have put together a hilarious (and historically accurate) primer on everything you need to know---and that means the good stuff.

    A. Hochberg says: "This was just great!"
    "You will reread this one over and over"
    Overall

    Told with so much spunk and wit, so much to grasp as the info flies by. I keep it open just in case I am in between stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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