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Photographer and High School Art Teacher. I crave the enchantment of a good book. It's like sipping on a fine glass of wine, only lasts much longer.


  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    What did you love best about Wild?

    This book kept me interested, despite the fact that it was a long story about a long walk. The author did a nice job of weaving personal life experiences into the back story giving motivation and rationale for taking on such a grueling adventure as a solo female hiker.

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

    It was hard for me to put this down.

    Any additional comments?

    This is one I'll pass along to friends.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"

    You think you know all there is to know about a historical figure, having studied them through school. This book gave me a different view of Einstein, the eccentric scientists, but also a man, husband, father, and advocate for humanity. He was a unique human with amazing insight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "wonderfully woven"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book kept me engaged. I like a story that is cleverly organized. This is one of those stories, weaving from present time to earlier times in the lives of the characters. Really nicely crafted.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The book also gives a little insight into how Hollywood runs, now and in decades past. Interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This American Life, 1-Month Subscription

    • Abridged/Unabridged (1 hr)
    • By This American Life

    "Its mission is to document everyday life in this country. We sometimes think of it as a documentary show for people who normally hate documentaries. A public radio show for people who don't necessarily care for public radio. What we look for in putting the show together are stories that we love, truly love." Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Martha says: "My favorite part of!!"
    "My favorite listen"

    These pieces are always entertaining and personal. They make me laugh and cry. I am really impatient for the next edition, something that does not usually happen with me. Just a great listen!

    65 of 69 people found this review helpful

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