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maryann vanDrielen

Flagstaff, Az. United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Carlos Castaneda
    • Narrated By Luis Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (178)

    Carlos Castanada was a student of anthropology when he met Don Juan Matus, a Yaqui shaman and the inspiration for Castanada’s The Teachings of Don Juan. In this controversial work, Castanada relays his experiences being challenged by his mentor on his perception of the world and all living things in it.

    Curtis says: "Journey To Ixtlan"
    "Well done"
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    Would you listen to Journey to Ixtlan again? Why?

    I had read it years ago. This performance was very well done and I might


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naoki Higashida
    • Narrated By Tom Picasso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (561)

    Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Janice says: "Cracking the code"
    "It was well read but became too religious for me."
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    What would have made The Reason I Jump better?

    it became too religious for me


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

    I was unable to listen to it. It just seemed thin and became religious.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5502)
    Performance
    (3695)
    Story
    (3700)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Another gripping book in the Outlander series"
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    What disappointed you about An Echo in the Bone?

    There is nothing disappointing. Every minute is wonderful.


    Has An Echo in the Bone turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Davina Porter?

    I can't imagine a better narrator


    What character would you cut from An Echo in the Bone?

    Not one should be cut


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to the whole Outlander series 3 times over a period of years. I will probably listen again in a year or 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (3932)
    Performance
    (3427)
    Story
    (3404)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    B.J. says: "Another terrific listen."
    "Wonderful I have listened 3 times over some years"
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    What did you love best about A Breath of Snow and Ashes?

    never a dull moment


    What other book might you compare A Breath of Snow and Ashes to and why?

    Gabaldones other books All the Outlander books are equally good


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    interesting without being alarming perfect


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

    no all good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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