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Christine

Santa Clarita, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • When the Killing’s Done: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist who is spearheading the efforts to save the Channel Islands’ endangered native creatures from invasive species like rats and feral pigs, which, in her view, must be eliminated. Her antagonist, Dave LaJoy, is a dreadlocked local businessman who, along with his lover, the folksinger Anise Reed, is fiercely opposed to the killing of any species whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert the plans of Alma and her colleagues.

    A User says: "Worth the effort"
    "Not a temporary obsession..."
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    With all respect to Audible's reviewer Ms. Chouinard (above), I did not find that "Heald’s tempo and energy keep When the Killing’s Done constantly bounding forward. Boyle’s writing is so crisp and Heald’s delivery so exuberant that listening to the audiobook will be a temporary obsession." Her review mirrors Heald's breathless narration, actually.

    I'd never read T.C. Boyle, but heard of this book through several interviews he gave with local NPR stations. The plot sounded intriguing, the issues are important, and fiction is a great vehicle to explain issues. Yet the characters in this story are flat (and I wanted to hear more from Alma, but didn't) and the narration irritating (albeit Mr. Heald can do accents, and definitely characterized LaJoy well). I probably disagree with what "crisp" writing means - Mr. Boyle's narrative describes settings in great detail, but without Victorian embellishment. Perhaps this is crisp?

    Also, novels written in the present tense just annoy me. I suppose it's a stylistic device intended to create more suspense, placing the reader in the subject's position, not knowing what will come next, but the technique feels artificial to me - I'm reading a story, not watching a movie.

    Still, a novel based on a setting that's local will get me out to explore and appreciate the Channel Islands more than I have so far. Perhaps that's what the author fundamentally wants the reader to do.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gate: Mithermages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4441)
    Performance
    (3237)
    Story
    (3258)

    Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different - and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an "outself"....

    joshua says: "Card doing what he does best."
    "Interesting premise - another Card thought-piece."
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    Husband & I are looking forward to the continuation of this series. Card hasn't disappointed us yet. However - I would not recommend this book for pre-adolescent readers, nor adolescent readers who can't or shouldn't be exposed to certain adult - read: sexual - themes. This said, it's going to be quite fun to see where Card takes the parallel stories introduced in The Lost Gate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Randy O. Frost, Gail Stekeete
    • Narrated By Joe Caron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (362)

    What possesses someone to save every scrap of paper thats ever come into his home? What compulsions drive a woman like Irene, whose hoarding cost her her marriage? Or Ralph, whose imagined uses for castoff items like leaky old buckets almost lost him his house?

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "Fascinating explanation of hoarding behavior."
    Overall

    I grew up in a house next to a pair of hoarders. Oddly, I now live in a house that shares a rear property line with another pair of hoarders. Both tended to derelict automobiles. This book offers the layperson tremendous insight into such behavior while at the same time admitting that hoarding is simply not a great way to live. The case studies are illuminating and fascinating. I too now look at my messy desk and sigh in relief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Hollis, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    Taking a fresh look at the concept of happiness, Hollis uses a warm, accessible tone to encourage listeners to learn to tolerate ambiguity, embrace growth rather than security, respect the power of Eros, engage spiritual crises, and acknowledge the shadow of mortality. Providing inspiring wisdom and personal reflections to address our deepest worries, What Matters Most yields far more than mere self-help clichés.

    EC says: "Leaves Other Self-Help Books In the Dust"
    "Insightful, but screams for editing."
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    If one has some background in Jung, Freud, psychoanalysis generally - there's helpful material here. I found the numerous quotations from other thinkers particularly interesting, and might purchase an e-edition to refer back to them more easily. But Dr. Hollis's style is so bloated and wordy it's hard to absorb the substance. Had the publisher reined in Dr. Hollis's enthusiasm for alliteration and adjectives, not to mention multi-multisyllabic words it would be a better book. Listening to alliterated phrase after alliterated phrase almost had me screaming in agony. A good dose of copyediting would have reduced the length of this book without reducing its substance. Then again, I might not have got as much weeding done as I did while listening.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Terminal Freeze

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (263)

    In this riveting new thriller, Lincoln Child weaves together a stunning Arctic landscape, a terrifying mythic creature, and a pervasive mood of chaos and fear. With Terminal Freeze, Child demonstrates why he has become a major best-selling author, and why his novels electrify and enthrall so many.

    Lee says: "a gourment meal for us lovers of horror fiction"
    "Entertaining brain candy"
    Overall

    What Barbara in Elgin said although not everybody dies, and there's an entertaining twist at the end. Borrow this from your local library for free - probably not worth the $$ to own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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