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Kendall

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Littleton, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 111 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    In 1944, the big top of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford caught fire during the middle of an afternoon performance. Nine thousand people were inside. In seconds, the big top was burning out of control. The toll of the fire, and its circumstances, haunt Hartford to the present day. But it is the intense, detailed narrative - before, after, and especially during the panic under the burning tent - that will remain with listeners long after they finish this book.

    P. M. Morris says: "Harrowing and brilliantly detailed"
    "Wow! A brillian way to convey this tragedy"
    Overall
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    There is no way something this tragic could be relayed in all its detail but the way the author maks this a story including back stories and history of similar events really captures a bigger picture. The details, the descriptions of mangled bodies, and the human reaction to such an event is far more than interesting or educational. The amount of research and quality of this book is amazing. If you read anything on human behavior, American or Circus history you need to hear or read this book. The narration is also well done and I can't give this author, narroter or anyon who came in contact with producing this book enough praise. So much goes unsaid, so much history of the circus era becomes forgotten, and this is one piece that really stands out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4758)
    Performance
    (1993)
    Story
    (2006)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Die Laughing"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to A Dirty Job again? Why?

    Yes, I have. Read and listened, twice, once on a road trip with a friend wanting to share it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagery, humor, characters. Who wouldn't want to imagine the "squirrel people"? I'm inspired I'd like to make my own army.


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

    An adventure to die for! (Imagine... Tim Burton could do wonders with this, plus isn't there already that Disney connection?)


    Any additional comments?

    Moore books are the best to turn on while doing a mundane task, suddenly something like a long road trip flys by or cleaning the house turns into fun. I'm about to do just that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thor Hanson
    • Narrated By Andy Ingalls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Feathers are an evolutionary marvel: Aerodynamic, insulating, beguiling. They date back more than 100 million years. Yet their story has never been fully told. In Feathers, biologist Thor Hanson details a sweeping natural history, as feathers have been used to fly, protect, attract, and adorn through time and place. Applying the research of paleontologists, ornithologists, biologists, engineers, and even art historians, Hanson asks: What are feathers? How did they evolve? What do they mean to us?

    Chris Reich says: "Fantastic Science and Fun"
    "Flight of fancy, Love this book."
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    What did you love best about Feathers?

    The author's amazing ability to deliver information in such a delightful way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    First person, information delivery, he's delightful.


    What about Andy Ingalls’s performance did you like?

    His performance is alright, but the voice in my head when I originally read the title had a bit more lighthearted humor to it, more excitement. It is a non-fiction science type book, but would have enjoyed a bit more expression in it.


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

    It is pretty much my favorite book, but than again I really like feathers, and for there to be a book that is such a joy on the subject I've read and listened to the whole thing twice.


    Any additional comments?

    Ever since I picked up the printed version I kept looking and checking and submitted request for audio version and it came out at a perfect time where I was in a time crunch prepping a presentation and wanted to review the book, it was great. Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1209)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (500)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "A Grand Time!"
    Overall

    So, there's a disclaimer at the end of this book, pretty much a reminder that it is fiction, but what great fiction it is! The main character is suppose to be too like-able, he's got edge. This is what a good book should be, an adventure, it's own world, great lines that make you laugh out loud and make you comment to yourself how well written those lines are. This book with its vivid detail still makes me cringe thinking about it, and that is a complimant to the book after my macabre interest in horror and gore anything. I picked this up being that it was on sale, and not my usual read, but oh my gosh did it quickly become my favorite book yet!
    It's not realistic nor should it be, it's an addicting adventure not for the faint of heart so if you're looking for a book to relax to or somthing warm and fuzzy keep looking... this one with it's epic ending will stick to your bones, and you probably will look at your bones differently after it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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