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Griffin

Mount Horeb, WI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 13 reviews
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  • 84 titles in library
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  • The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (144)

    For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

    Roy says: "Do the Wave"
    "most excellent!"
    Overall

    In the same genre as "Shadow Divers," this is a fun, gripping and informative read. The writing is fresh, and the narration is perfect. Highly recommended.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3250)
    Performance
    (2287)
    Story
    (2287)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Not epic. Not very good."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It's just not a good story. I didn't like the violence in the early part of the story. it seemed overdone. Also, the author goes to great pains to make sure we understand how gross everything is, every smell, texture, etc. And then he just creates fanciful scenes that bypass the reality he forces on us. An example is when Ike is magically transformed from his street self into a wealthy banker in a matter of minutes. It would work in a movie (you know when they play a great song and all kinds of things happen fast), but not in a novel. I mean the guy never bathes ( really never), yet the stick him in a suit and he passes for a wealthy man in an office with a real banker. Now, if he suggested that the banker noticed it and ignored it, that is one thing, but he just passes it by because he needs the scene to work. Another one is that Mary keeps the abacus throughout the book. Nice symbolism and sentiment, but there are so many people who hate her who that could have (and in reality) would have destroyed it. Once again, either shoot straight or don't, but half-way is just weak.


    What could Bryce Courtenay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have no idea. I really enjoyed the book,


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was very good.


    Was The Potato Factory worth the listening time?

    No. 22 hours only to make you interested in hearing the backstory of the in the sequel of the kidnapping that takes place at the end. By then, I could care less about the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually don't write negative reviews, but I bought it based on all the good reviews and was quite disappointed so I felt obligated to let people know that this is no epic.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Radleys: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Matt Haig
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    The Radleys is a moving, thrilling, and radiant domestic novel that explores with daring the lengths a parent will go to protect a child, what it costs you to deny your identity, the undeniable appeal of sin, and the everlasting, iridescent bonds of family love. Read it and ask what we grow into when we grow up, and what we gain - and lose - when we deny our appetites.

    Cheryl says: "Don't waste your money"
    "what fun..."
    Overall

    I generally don't like fantasy stuff, especially series like Twilight, but I decided to take a chance on this book based on some reviews I read. I was suprised by how much I liked this book. The writing style was fun, the characters interesting and the story solid. This summer I listened to Freedom: A Novel and absolutely hated it. It's ironic that this one is similar in story, but just so much more. Too bad though, I'm sure it won't be an Oprah book club choice.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sarita Mandanna
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    As the first girl born to the Nachimada family in over 60 years, the beautiful Devi is adored by her entire family. Strong-willed and confident, she befriends the shy Devanna, a young boy whose mother has died under tragic circumstances. The two quickly become inseparable, until Devi meets Machu the tiger killer, a hunter of great repute and a man of much honor and pride. Soon, they fall deeply in love, an attraction that drives a wedge between Devi and Devanna.

    DIANE says: "A sweeping saga"
    "Good, but could have been great"
    Overall

    A very well written novel with a few shortcomings in character and story development. The protagonist just doesn't develop beyond a certain point, which is frustrating because she is the center of the story. The story is a family saga, which carries well but lacks originality. What carries the novel is the wonderful description of the landscape and culture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call Me Irresistible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (443)

    Call Me Irresistible is the book Susan Elizabeth Phillips's readers have long awaited. Ted, better known as "little Teddy," the nine-year-old heartbreak kid from Phillips's first best seller, Fancy Pants, and as "young Teddy," the hunky new college graduate in Lady Be Good, is all grown up now—along with Lucy from First Lady and Meg from What I Did for Love. They're ready to take center stage in a saucy, funny, and highly addictive tale fans will love.

    "unknown" says: "SEP is Back In The Game!! Loved It!"
    "Good, if you keep the bar low"
    Overall

    If this was just listed as SEP Lite, then it would be a good book. Like other reviews, this book was perhaps a bit more lazier and thinner than some of the other books by Susan. When I say lazier, she used a cast of characters from older books not because they added anything to the new story, but because it let the reader fill things in, instead of the author coming up with interesting and valid characters to support a new story. And that's where thinner comes in... The story is a repeat of Natural Born Charmer, but not quite as good. Meg is no Blue Bailey...
    Keeping that in mind, if you like SEP, and it's still winter out there--it's not a bad read. Got me throught the weekend, it was -10 F out there! Just lower your expectations!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • I Still Dream About You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (139)

    Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect - she’s lovely, charming, and a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up in her present condition....

    J. S. says: "Another Winner . ."
    "Love the characters, but story is lacking"
    Overall

    I have read all of Fannie Flagg's books and enjoyed the characters and narration of this one, but the story falls short. However, if you like a happy ending like in the movies, you won't have a problem with this one. I'm just not someone who likes to invest themselves in a story/characters only to have it all magically work-out at the end. Just leaves me flat....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Russian Winter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daphne Kalotay
    • Narrated By Kathleen Gati
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    In Russian Winter, the beautiful debut novel by critically acclaimed writer Daphne Kalotay, a famed ballerina’s jewelry auction in Boston reveals long-held secrets of love and family, friendship and rivalry, harkening back to Stalinist Russia. Russian Winter is a perfect choice for fans of the novels of Debra Dean (The Madonnas of Leningrad), Ann Patchett (Bel Canto), and Ian McEwan (Atonement).

    Griffin says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is one of those gems you find, not on a bestseller list, but completely by accident! Solid story, great narration and historical accuracy wound up nice and tight, just like a good ballerina!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Vintage Affair: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isabel Wolff
    • Narrated By Violet Mathieson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    Her friends are stunned when Phoebe Swift abruptly leaves a plum job at the prestigious Sotheby’s auction house to open her own vintage clothing shop in London—but to Phoebe, it’s the fulfillment of a dream. In the sunlight-flooded interior of Village Vintage, surrounded by Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves, Vivienne Westwood bustle skirts, cupcake dresses, and satin gowns, Phoebe hopes to make her store the hot new place to shop.

    Laura says: "A Sweet, Leisurely Stroll, but Ultimately Dull"
    "Very good!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed both the story and the narration. It isn't deep, but very enjoyable and intelligent. Like many stories in this genre, happy endings abound, but this one doesn't overdo it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2065)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1372)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Falls Short"
    Overall

    I felt obligated to post a review since I purchased it based on its 5 star sweep. I love dogs and dog books (Merle's Door, Through a Dog's Eyes, etc.). This book fell short in so many ways. I found the stories predictable. The dog and people characters stereotypical. And the narration (although the narrator's voice is fine) cliche. For example, the dog character goes through detail to explain things like snow, humans, etc., but then mentions things like sidewalks, sleds without having to describe them in excrutiating detail. I know that it would make for a boring book, but the Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spencer Quinn do it so much better that it makes this book seem like it was written by a sixth grader. Which by the way, this book might be very suitable for kids, but then there's the horrible neighbor kid (who is such a rip-off of the neighbor kid for Disney's Toy Story movie, right down to the little sister).
    I won't go on and on because it's obvious that some people love this book, but I don't think it's for everyone who likes dogs and dog books.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3412)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1145)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Just OK"
    Overall

    The last book I listened to was "The Thousand Autums of Jacob de Zoet.", so I'm not writing this because I like happy endings. Although this novel is written using contemporary characters and issues, it was just a story about some people and their problems. Nothing new here, wealthy people have issues, ambitious people get in over their heads, all kinds of people have affairs and disappointing relationships. Wendy Wasserstein's "Elements of Style" was a much better book about the curse of wealth, and Ruth Ozeki's "All Over Creation" hit current issues with better insight than Franzen.
    Sorry, but this one tries too hard (24 hours worth!) to be the great American novel, and it shows.

    37 of 48 people found this review helpful

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