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Amy

Muncie, IN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 407 titles in library
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  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1457)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1256)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Fascinating!"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I tried to listen to it in all one sitting. I hated to stop it for anything. It was fascinating. I spent the entire book trying to figure out how reality and fairy tale would intersect. The characters were so real and vivid, as was the setting. I was completely swept up. I even felt cold when the frigid setting was described. This is a fabulous book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (1333)
    Story
    (1334)

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

    Jennifer says: "Not sure if fault lies in performance or story"
    "I inhaled this book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Scarlet the most enjoyable?

    I really like this series, but I have to say that this one tops the first. This is mainly due to the fact that the world has built, the stage set. So you can easily slip back in and enjoy the ride.

    I love the way Meyer takes the traditional Fairy tale elements and turns it all on it's head. The female characters are not weak. They are not waiting for their prince to come save them. And I love that.


    What other book might you compare Scarlet to and why?

    Even though it's set in the future this book has a steam punk feel. Maybe it's the overlap of the fairy tale tropes......


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

    I went through this book in two days and nearly cried when it was done. I wish I had paced myself better. It was over too quickly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Blizzard

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    A wealthy and depressed man (thanks to the economy, he's not quite rich enough to expand his cache of paintings by Vincent Van Guy, the famed Dutch realist) bound for Christmas in the tropics is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota to visit an ailing aunt. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. The electricity goes out, and when it does, figures from his childhood appear, and historical figures too, for a festive candlelit holiday.

    Eileen says: "True Meaning of Life not just Christmas"
    "I laughed and I cried"
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    Would you listen to A Christmas Blizzard again? Why?

    I will probably listen to this again next year. I really laughed so hard that I was tearing up!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I LOVE Keillor's dry sense of humor. I'm so glad that he read it because he delivers it so well!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10290)
    Performance
    (7733)
    Story
    (7778)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "All my favorites"
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    Would you listen to A Discovery of Witches again? Why?

    I have listened to this audio book three times. I love vampires, wine and genetics, so this is book strikes a very strong chord in me. But the characters are what really make it a joy. Diana and Matthew are so well drawn and complimentary to each other. Listening to them fall in love never gets old, well not yet anyway.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Harkness build a very tangible and authentic world. Even though it is fantasy it meshes well into the real world, and I find myself lost in that world.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I would love to hear more from Jennifer Ikeda. This is my first that she narrated. But if I like a narrator I will try anything she/he reads!


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

    I was listening to this at work one day during a boring data entry day, and became so engrossed that I jumped when a friend came to my desk for lunch. I had fallen in completely. I gasped out loud at parts and urged characters to not put themselves in harm's way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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