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Leone

Okanogan, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Inheritance of Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kiran Desai
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga lives an embittered old judge. He only wants to retire in peace, but then his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's chatty cook watches over her, but his thoughts are mostly with his son, Biju, who is hop-scotching from one New York restaurant job to another. A novel of depth and emotion, Desai's second, long-awaited novel fulfills the grand promise established by her first.

    Bob says: "Gorgeous prose but grim"
    "Boring!"
    Overall

    I just can't seem to get into this. The characters seem to lack depth and the plot moves extremely slowly. If you like Steinbeck you will love this book. All description and no plot or character development. I don't like Steinbeck, and thus am quitting this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1251)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1107)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Thank goodness!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Stiff was one of my absolute favorite books and I was unblieveably disappointed when Roach's second book, Bonk... sucked so bad! I love Roach's ability to feed me interesting new data and make me laugh at the same time. With Bonk, I didn't really feel like I learned much. So happy that Roach got this one right!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchardist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amanda Coplin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (431)

    At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

    Marcia says: "Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale."
    "Good Book, Good Audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Its a rarity that I really feel that the narration improved on the book, especially when the writing already so wonderful. I was enchanted by the flow and cadence of the reader as well as the power of the words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pact

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (272)

    The Hartes and the Golds have been neighbors for 18 years and are very close. So when Chris and Emily's friendship reaches the next level, nobody is surprised. Then one night, the hospital calls. Seventeen-year-old Emily is dead - shot in the head by a gun Chris took from his father's cabinet. One bullet remains in the chamber, and Chris tells of his suicide pact with Emily. But the police have questions, and soon Chris is on trial for murder.

    Patti says: "Getting Repetitive"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I'm not gonna call this great literature, but I also won't pretend that I didn't listen to this start to finish. I have to give Picoult credit for creating a decent court scene as well. As an attorney, I have a low tolerance for unrealistic court scenes. Don't get me wrong on this, this is not really what trials are like! So much hearsay and speculation! Plus, the witnesses and attorneys are rarely so riveting, but it does at least bear some semblance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2588)
    Performance
    (1626)
    Story
    (1608)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    I simply can't stop talking about this book. It really changed the way I think about the link between my brain and my body. Ah ha! They are one and the same! Such a simple concept but one that we somehow do not believe. The science behind how exercise can make you smarter and happier. Although I have to admit that some of the science might be more speculation at this point. You definitely have to put on your thinking cap to determine how much weight to give these theories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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