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Round Mountain, NV, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 75 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts

    Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

    colleen says: "Another Pine Cove winner"
    "Not your usual holiday tale"

    If you like the warmth of the holiday season, the smells, the deep sense of contentment, the feeling of peace on earth and goodwill toward men, a heartwarming serious read, then listen to another book. You'll find none of those things here. No miracles, no baby jesus, no sacrificing martyrs.

    What you will find is "off the wall" comedy, characters that are so quirky they are hysterical, a tale that seems written straight from the hip. A psychotic former movie star who hears voices, a sex-crazed man with a pet fruit bat, a cop who grows and smokes marijuana, a wrinkled up old bartender that wants to sleep with everyone, a 7 year old who speaks only in terms usually used to descibe wine, an inept angel - where does this writer come up with this stuff? There's sex, profanity and murder here. And those are the dull parts.

    I love all things holiday oriented and probably wouldn't have picked this title if it weren't for the holiday theme. I usually don't read or listen to books of this type. This story has taken me by surprise. I have even laughed out loud. I'd never heard of this author and Audible only seems to have this one title written by him. I did find plenty of his other material on book sites.

    This work is National Lampoons Christmas, a corny Columbo movie, Scary Movie and Night of the Living Dead all rolled in to one.

    Don't listen to this one around the kids and if you listen on the PC at work, definately get headphones. People will think you're cracked if they hear only bits and pieces of this.

    Hilarious at times, imaginative always. Four stars because it was funny and I liked it; not five because it isn't a piece of world class literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Northern Light

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Hope Davis

    Mattie Gokey has a word for everything. She collects words, stores them up as a way of fending off the hard truths of her life, the truths that she can't write down in stories.

    Mark Grannis says: "Well written fiction for adults and adolescents"
    "Great story!"
    What did you love best about A Northern Light?

    The main character of Mattie kept me enthralled.

    What other book might you compare A Northern Light to and why?

    Fair and Tender Ladies for believable, strong female characters in a time period book.

    Which character – as performed by Hope Davis – was your favorite?

    I loved them all.

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

    It made me so sad for Mattie and her circumstances at times. At others I was so happy for her and especially when Royal gave her butterflies.

    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to find other works by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ava's Man

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Rick Bragg
    • Narrated By Rick Bragg

    Journalist Rick Bragg has built a soaring monument to the grandfather he never knew, and in the process created a powerfully intimate piece of American history as it was experienced by the working people of the deep South, a glorious record of a life of character, tenacity and indomitable joy, and an unforgettable tribute to a vanishing culture.

    Kate says: "Deeply moving"
    "I could listen for hours"

    This book is read by the author, which is definately a plus when it comes to this book! I could happily listen to his easy southern drawl for hours on end. Mr. Bragg uses great variety in his words and his phrases are never cliche, or overused. I have listened to this book 3 times in the past year. On a long car trip with extended family I made them listen, when it was over, they all thanked me. I can't wait to get a hold of his book about his mother. The first time I heard this story I was impressed, the second time was better, the third actually had me crying (hard to do). I pick up something new every time. This is definately not a chick lit story. A supurb tale about family, the depression era, and love. Gives me shivers every time. Thank you, Mr. Bragg, for sharing your family with us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam's Letters to Jennifer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Anne Heche, Jane Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dear Listener,
    Have you ever gotten a letter that changed your life completely? It happened to me once. I still can feel the urgency that overtook me as I opened the envelope and the hunger I felt for whatever that letter would say. It seemed as if my entire life hung in the balance as I read.

    Julia says: "Too Sweet for Me"
    "Sadly disappointing read"

    I give two stars because I was curious enough about the letters to stick with the story til the end. Otherwise I'd give 1. This story was so transparent, you could see what was coming all the way through. I wished he would have written the story about Sam and just left Jennifers out. Although I found the telling of Sams story to not be all that I wanted it to be. I found Brendans illness to be thrown in just to give some type of conflict to Jennifer's story, otherwise she would have none. Her past is sad, but that was all her story line really had going for it. I prefer stories with more meat on them! I expected this tale to be the type I prefer. I was sadly disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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