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Mary

Hudson, MA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Giving Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilts novels are as lovingly crafted and heartwarming as the homemade quilts featured prominently in each story. The milestone 20th entry in this charming series, The Giving Quilt chronicles the week after Thanksgiving- Quiltsgiving- as residents of Elm Creek Manor find creative ways to answer the question, ''Why do you give?''

    Mary says: "The Giving Quilt - Political book vs Quilting book"
    "The Giving Quilt - Political book vs Quilting book"
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    To say I was extremely disappointed in the latest Elm Creek quilt novel is an understatement. Had Ms. Chiaverini followed previous formats this may have been an enjoyable book. Under the guise of introducing us to new quilters as we revisit Elm Creek Manor, Ms Chiaverini misleads purchasers by instead presenting a book in which she can expound her political views of outrage against elected officials trying to reign in expenses and balance budgets. One of her story lines was of a California librarian who fears the loss of her job, painting a negative picture of anyone who would dare support the need to curtail library services in favor of other vital service as being ignorant and selfish. The taxpayers who voted against a tax increase to save the librarian’s job are portrayed as uninformed even though a millage increase might negatively affect their ability to actually stay afloat. She even takes a swipe at private schools whose libraries are staffed by parent volunteers as being ineffective as a resource to students when she laments that some public schools have cut back on library services. The story even included of all things a book burning demonstration against the library to show how intolerant are those who do not subscribe to Ms. Chiaverini’s political point of view.

    I loved the Elm Creek Quilter series and had purchased every novel and the quilt instruction books..........until this book. I had even discussed with other quilters at a quilt shop one day how badly I felt when Ms. Chiaverini wrote the Wedding Quilt as I thought it was the end of her series. Now I am sorry it wasn't.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1828)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (812)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Way too technical"
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    Love her book on James Garfield. Liked the information on Roosevelt and the other men in who expllored the River of Doubt with hiin. But she got carried away on the technical detail regarding the plants and animals of the Amazon. I was not reading this for technical research regarding the rain forest but for the story of the men who explored the river.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1927)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1673)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Fantastic Book."
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    We mostly know Garfield as one of the Presidents who was assassinated in office...a name on a list. This book lets us know Garfield the man beloved by the people who was elected to the presidency. The author weaves together so much unknown history not only of James Garfield but also of Alexander Bell, Joseph Lister and Willard Bliss. It has you thinking "what if" well after you have finished the book!!!

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone not just the history buffs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas in Cedar Cove

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Drop in at 5-B Poppy Lane, where you’ll get a chance to visit with Helen Shelton; her granddaughter, Ruth; and Ruth’s husband, Paul. They’ll offer you a cup of mulled cider and the story of how they met – and they’ll share Helen’s breathtaking adventures during the Second World War.

    Mary says: "REISSUED BOOK WITH NEW TITILE"
    "REISSUED BOOK WITH NEW TITILE"
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    This was a complete rip-off. It is a Cedar Grove Christmas!!!! When I contacted the Debbie Macomber web-site, I was told that 8 Poppy Lane and a Cedar Grove Christmas were reissued as a paperback because some people will not buy a hardback and if I had read her newsletter I would have known so.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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