Southern California | Member Since 2012
I have a weakness for post-apocalyptic fiction and this was the very book that started it all 12+ years ago. Over the years I often thought of this book so I decided it was time to revisit it as a listener. I don’t usually go for abridge since I am one of those people that want it ALL! I just don’t get who decides which parts of a story should be cut out and why? However it was the only version available at the time so I went for it.
The story is about two sister’s survival in a changed world. The changes start slowly with rolling electric blackouts and then one day the electricity never comes back on and things you depended on slowly disappear. It’s told in the perspective of the oldest sister and has an almost poetic tone to it.
I did have a couple gripes!
My first one being the music! There are these little tunes that just pop out, sometimes it’s a harmonica others times it’s a piano and I swear once I heard an accordion. There were a few times when they started it scared the bejeebies out of me. Maybe they put it there to make sure you were awake and listening… not sure.
My second gripe … these sisters did some things that sisters just don’t do or even think about doing and anyone with a sister would know this. I am thinking the author in no way had a sister.
I still think this book is worth a listen and I would listen to the story again.
On a final note -The father in this story was hilarious! I can’t help to think had it been told in his perspective this book would have been a major hit because he was a hoot!
I enjoy hiking tales and heard about this book from another hiker. My past reads have been about hikers and their trail events. This book is about a man who bought an outdoor gear/ hostel establishment called Mountain Crossing. His store is a well known rest stop on the AT and has quite the following (I checked out their website & Facebook pages).
This was a great "welcome to my world" book. He shares encounters he has had through the years with hikers and employees. I found these stories funny & captivating. The narrators voice made this an easy listen. You don't have to be a hiker to like this one - it's a great read!
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Shaun is a Brit day trader who comes to the USA to seek his fortune. He ends up dealing drugs in the Arizona rave scene landing him in one of the worst jails - Maricopa run by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
I had seen Shaun's story on 20/20 and read about it in People magazine which peaked my interest. I had also done some research on Maricopa inhumane conditions several years ago so getting the insight on what it was really like from an inmate intrigued me.
The book provides real insight to life behind bars. I thought Shaun's story was honest and forthcoming. Intimates have to deal with beyond horrific conditions at this jail. I cannot imagine having to live off green bolonga for years (that alone would of kept me on the right side of the law).
I was not a fan of Peter Batchelor the narrator. His voice was very scratchy & rough. I found it a bit hard to stay tuned in because of it. I feel like this is one of those times I wished I had bought the book and read it myself then going with the Audio book.
It's a decent prison story, not a favorite but a good one.
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I love reading about the challenges of through hiking on long trails like the AT & PCT. The wilderness, animals, weather and characters you meet along the way always pull me in. This story had it all. It was as if I was hiking right along with Jeff. He gave great detail of the Appalachian Trail and his experiences along the way.
You could tell this book was written by a first time writer and there were some misspellings but I didn't care. Jeff is a good guy trying to do something great for someone he loves. I felt his story was interesting and heartfelt. It's worth the read /listen.
If your looking for a super great book on hiking I recommend "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson (read it 3 times) or "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed, a fantastic book!
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This was an interesting book and I quite enjoyed it. The story is based on the lives Ozark mountain people. These are people who live by their own codes and backward ways. The writer really captured the people and the setting. All the characters were spot on. The dialect was bit hard at first but I got used to it as the story went on. I am a huge fan of Emma Galvin and I thought her voice was perfect for this story.
It's a Great book......now I want to watch the movie to see if it's just as good.
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This is the story of a thirty year old woman who is serving fifteen months in prison for a decade old crime transporting drug money for a friend. She transported the money one time but because of US mandated laws on drug trafficking she had to serve the time.
This story was way to nice to be a prison story. If I am reading a prison story it needs shanks, fights and drama. This was like summer camp with a lot of heavy rules or like living in a college dorm with less freedom. There was no drama whatsoever! I was very disappointed!
I wasn't aware this was a TV series until after I finished this book. I selected this book due to all the positive reviews from previous readers. After reading it I cannot get over why there are so many positive reviews. I am thinking maybe the TV series influenced some of them. I'm sure the screenwriters probably did a lot for this story for the series to have such high ratings, to bad they weren't around for the writing of the book.
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A Beautiful true story by Anthony Larwence who runs a conservationist game reserve. He takes on a misfit herd of elephants and bonds with them saving their lives. I was completely captivated by this story it kept me at the edge of my seat, so much so that I have added visiting Tula Tula to my bucket list.
The narration was 100% perfect! His voice was soothing and easy to listen to. I am always so pleased when the right reader is chosen for audio books. I am very pleased to have come across this story it made me laugh and cry. You don't have to love elephants to love this book there is so much more to this story... it's worth the credit!
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This is a coming of age story, set in the cold winter of 1942 during the Nazis brutal siege of Leningrad. The story is about an unlikely frienship between two young men.
I was afraid this book would be bleak considering the subject, but there was a wonderful balance with the story of war and humor. I loved the way Lev and Koyla interacted with each other and how their friendship unfolded. Koyla was my favorite with the way he could find humor in the most dismal of times.
Benioff brings this story to life as if I was standing right there. I literally could not stop listening. This book would be a great movie!
A couple years ago I watched a PBS documentary on Richard Proenneke and was blown away by his story. He followed his dream by giving it all up to live in the Alaskan Bush.
The book is written as a journal, yet very captivating. I enjoyed his outlook on nature and found it interesting how he built his cabin with hand tools. He was a true adventurer.
I fell in love with this man as well as his book, story and lifestyle. I know I will revisited this book many times in years to come. A true classic, must read!
The story is a childs tale of survival after her parents are killed by a bear on a camping trip. The story puts you in the mind of a child for its written from a child's perspective. The book is also read by a child which I did find hard to follow at times. As with five year olds their train of thought jumps all over the place, so does the story. I really had to hang on to each sentence which was a bit donting.
There were several parts of the story which threw me for a loop, like how throughout the entire book the child called the bear "a big black dog". What 5 year old who carries her favorite stuffed teddy bear everywhere doesn't know what a bear looks like? Yet she knew of Jesus and that he was a carpenter, what plants were ediable and how to canoe.
It was a gripping tale and I am glad I bought it. People magazine had recommended it and it had been on my list of reads for a year or more. It was somewhat enjoyable, but not a favorite and I would never reread it.
I hesitated to read this book because of the subject matter, but this is not the typical Holocaust story. Its the story of a Lithuanian family exile to Sibera by Stalin. The story is told by Lina a fifteen year old girl.
I connected to this emotionally it reminded me a bit of The Diary of Anne Frank. Although the story was heartbreaking it was exceptionally written. There was a nice balance between sorrow, survival and bravery. Its a very gritty story of a time in history I wasn't even aware of.
Great reader/voice very easy to understand and pleasant to listen to. Once I started I couldnt put it down. So glad I found this book, its going on my favorite list.
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