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Barbara

Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 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
    Overall
    (3654)
    Performance
    (3221)
    Story
    (3234)

    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"
    "Heartbreaking, inspiring, great travelogue."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wild to be better than the print version?

    Bernadette Dunne brought the story to life. I've finally, after several tries, learned to love audio versions, although if it's a great book, I'll still buy it for my library. Don't think I'll buy the hard copy of this but I sure loved the audible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild?

    The end of the trail.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several, the party in the Ranger's cabin was hilarious; the first time she tried to put on Monster; the trip to the beach.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This story was about so many things. Loss of parents, loss of self, the kindness of strangers, the strength of determination to complete a goal, letting go, listening to our inner voice. The way she was so alone and then could step off the trail and be in civilization reminds me of the thin wall between ourselves and others. If i were in a book club I think this would be a great book to discuss!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (739)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "So so story, awful narration!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    My first Cornwall audio book, bought because of interesting TV interview, but it was just so badly narrated and so full of meaningless detail that it was a turn-off.


    Has The Bone Bed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I won't waste my time on this kind of mind anesthesia again.


    How could the performance have been better?

    All ways.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't even think she is a very good cook...


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (912)
    Story
    (908)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "Breathtaking in it's detail and historical sweep!"
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    Where does The Swerve rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author brings to life characters about whom very little is known unless one reads the classics. My favorite might be Hypacia, or perhaps Bruno, who both were burned at the stake, but the man who hunted for lost Latin texts Poggio rescued an obscure poem, the philosophy of which runs through time all the way to our Declaration of Independence. It took my breath away.


    Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never, but he was excellent. I especially enjoyed the facility he had with the Italian language and Latin.


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

    In the sense that I wanted to listen whenever I had a moment.


    Any additional comments?

    No surprise it won the Pulitzer. I loved it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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