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Carole Pivarnik

Watercolor Explorer

Virginia, USA


  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "Outstandingly Funny!"

    Written with a perfect blend of insightful facts, droll sarcasm, and superlative wit. I was ready to book passage to Australia to go on my own quirky tour after listening to this account of Mr. Bryson's trip across that continent. Not to be missed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword in the Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason

    This is one of the most popular re-tellings of the story of King Arthur. Like The Lord of the Rings, this fantasy novel has been equally popular among younger readers and adults. White takes an inventive approach that involves animals who speak and Robin Hood! A true Arthurian classic.

    Shelly M. Felton says: "I've been waiting for this..."
    "Most delightful story & narration EVER!"

    I can't say enough good things about how enjoyable this book was. The writing is imaginative and superb; the narration mesmerizing and delightful. I will listen to this again many times in the future. Can't recommend this book highly enough. Would have given it 10 stars if it had been possible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Frightening and compelling"

    As an IT worker, I thought the author did a great job making the Daemon scenario plausible. The characters and story were very enjoyable...I wanted more more more at the end, so I'm glad there is a sequel.

    Nitpicks: Whoever edited the book missed a few things; every once in awhile, I heard some improper grammar. There is something annoying about the narrator, although I can't quite figure out what it is. However, he does voices very well and the story is so good, I was willing to put my unquantified annoyance aside.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny

    There is a world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse. Such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organization with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers?

    Kurt says: "Finally an Iain M. Banks book on audible..."

    Took some time for the story to unfold--as is often the case with Banks' books. But he is one of my top 5 favorite authors and I knew it was worth being patient and allowing the story to unfold. I was not disappointed. This is a great story. The narrator is fantastic.

    How I wish there were more Iain Banks novels on Audible.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Grittily Scary"

    A terrifying tale, full of the darkness of human souls and the power of love in a gritty, modern setting. Found this book to be absolutely riveting. The narrator does a superb job with the accents and voices for the major characters. Contains mature language and content.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Robert says: "Wondrous Book!!!"
    "Wow. Not to be missed."

    Modern, realistic, gritty, sensuous writing. I loved the layers, rich detail, and superb characterization in this story. A fabulous bittersweet story...I could relate to Oscar Wao on many levels....but also to his college roommate--the one telling the story. The narration is excellent. I know I'll listen to this book again. Well worth the price and the time.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Princess and Curdie

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By George MacDonald
    • Narrated By Ian Whitcomb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this sequel to The Princess and the Goblin, Curdie has returned to his life as a miner and has dismissed the supernatural happenings of the past, believing them to have been a dream. When Curdie callously wounds a pigeon, his conscience leads him to Princess Irene's mystical great-great-grandmother for help. She has him plunge his hands into a pile of rose petals that burns like fire. Extraordinarily, this grants him the power to see what kind of "animal" a person is at heart.

    Tom says: "Another wonderful George MacDonald book"
    "An Enduring Favorite"

    I've loved this book since I was a child. The tale centers on being honorable, choosing to do right, and learning to have faith in what you believe in--presented in the most delightful Victorian style prose which demands that you think and pay attention to the narrative. I'm sure I will listen to this audiobook at least as many times as I have read the book--which is a great many times indeed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "A Delight"

    Rambles up and down the history of science in an entertaining and informative way, bringing to life the personalities and human frailties of science celebrities past and present.

    I liked this audiobook so much, I'm listening to it again only a month after the first listen. There is a LOT of information presented, so I'm not surprised I'm hearing things I missed the first time around. Highly recommended for anyone with even a casual interest in the sciences.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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