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Rae

Sedgwick, KS, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Navigating Early

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Clare Vanderpool
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond, Mark Bramhall, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    At the end of World War II, Jack Baker, a landlocked Kansas boy, is suddenly uprooted after his mother's death and placed in a boy's boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as a story and collects clippings about the sightings of a great black bear in the nearby mountains. Newcomer Jack feels lost yet can't help being drawn to Early, who won't believe what everyone accepts to be the truth about the Great Appalachian Bear, Timber Rattlesnakes, and the legendary school hero known as The Fish, who never returned from the war.

    Julie says: "Great Character Study"
    "Strong Imagery and Amazing Colloquialisms!"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Navigating Early to be better than the print version?

    Great word choice and delightful characters!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Navigating Early?

    "If you don't like how it is, then fix it!"

    How many times have we heard that, only to begrudgingly choose to live with the situation rather than change it? When Early offers the advice to Jack we begin to understand how Early's view of the world is influenced, not by what he can't control, ---but rather by the things he can. His fearlessness is admirable and his sense of determination even more so.


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

    This narrator has a wonderful way of making you feel like you are a part of the story --rather than someone who is just being read to.


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

    I loved how this book transported me to a time and place from my own childhood where the words of adults didn't always make sense ---until given the opportunity to observe those words in action.

    If you loved hearing the colloquialisms, metaphors, similes, and "ways" of the adults who empowered you as a child, then you will love this book. The tried and true sayings and the words of wisdom resonated on a deeper level for me. They reminded me of the people who shaped my own thinking.




    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of Clare Vanderpool's first book and loved this one equally as much. While I am no longer a classroom teacher, I do know that students love being read to. This book would be an amazing read aloud. It offers strong imagery, great descriptions and fun colloquialisms that help add color and depth to the story.

    The use of Pi as a character, rather than just a math reference, offers a parallel reflection for how Early is really feeling. It helps the reader both understand what has happened and the foreboding of what is coming.

    I appreciated the way the two main characters both searched for what they had lost, ---Early for his brother, and Jack for the loving memory of his mother and the pain of a disconnected father. Watching both characters grow as the story unravels helps the reader understand their respective sense of loss and how they each grapple with it.

    Do yourself a favor --give this book a chance. You won't be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Manifest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Clare Vanderpool
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (264)

    Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos.

    Rae says: "AWESOME book! LOVED it!"
    "AWESOME book! LOVED it!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! Not only did it hold my interest, but it wove two stories into one in such a way that neither could exist without the other. I could hear the sounds and smell the aromas described in the book. The imagery was well done and so was the character development.

    The fact that the audio book used multiple readers to tell the story really added to it as well. While it's won awards for juvenile fiction, the story of longing and love is appropriate for any aged reader.

    I have read Water for Elephants, The Help, and the Secret Life of Bees and many similarly good books and I enjoyed this book equally as much!

    Do yourself a favor---step back in time and enjoy getting to know Abilene, Jinx and Miss Shady. Moon Over Manifest is a fabulous book!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • One Thousand White Women

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (396)

    One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

    Cynthia says: "Good story, well read, you know how it ends"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. It sucks you in from the very beginning. If you enjoy historical fiction, then don't miss reading this book. It's a good one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Footprints on the Horizon: Pine Ridge Portraits, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Stephanie Grace Whitson
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    A Nazi soldier has come to Fort Robinson as a prisoner of war. When he meets the daughter of a local rancher, he falls in love but doubts there can be any future for an American girl and a German POW. Far from home and ostracized by those around him, the soldier comes to know the God who loves unconditionally. Can the woman do so as well?

    Rae says: "Good story!"
    "Good story!"
    Overall

    This is the third in the series written by this author. It's a well crafted story that brings WWII to the Midwest. I really liked it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers on the Hill: The Pine Ridge Portraits, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephanie Grace Whitson
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Charlotte Valentine Bishop has buried her husband. Now she and her son Will are embarking on a trip back to Fort Robinson, Nebraska, to make a new home for themselves with Charlotte's father. Unfortunately, the transition doesn't go as smoothly as Charlotte hopes. Will is young, but out of control with mischief. Their old friend Lt. Nathan Boone is a good role model for him, but what role will the handsome lieutenant play in Charlotte's life?

    Teresa says: "Pine Ridge Series Book 2"
    "Another home run!"
    Overall

    I loved this book, too. It's the second one I have read from this author. She does a nice job of developing her characters and also weaving the story line into a well crafted book. I would recommend this book if you like similar types of books by authors like Janette Oke

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets on the Wind: The Pine Ridge Portraits, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Stephanie Grace Whitson
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (34)

    Best-selling author Stephanie Grace Whitson is a two-time Christy Award finalist. Deep in Lakota Sioux territory in 1878, a torched farmstead is discovered by American soldiers. Hidden in the cellar is Laina Gray, delirious and pregnant. Nursed back to health by a woman who trusts God's healing hand, Laina recovers but continues to closely guard her terrible secrets.

    Rae says: "Good story!"
    "Good story!"
    Overall

    I liked this book so much I followed up with her second and third books in this series. It's a nice story and so are the other two.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5023)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1260)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Another hit!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! It not only speaks to the heart and soul of the reader, but also serves to help better understand what has occurred in Afghanistan the past three decades. I enjoyed The Kite Runner and find this book just as compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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