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jan

Arkansas | Member Since 2011

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  • 34 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 291 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Andrea Lankford
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

    Gypsy says: "Nice easy listen on a long drive"
    "Candid, Honest and Educational"
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    I downloaded the book before our summer vacation to one of the parks, so it was timely. A collection of National Park "slices of life" from a Ranger's perspective. Gives the reader a good look at not only "a day in the life" of a ranger, but also a broader insight into the career of a ranger. I liked it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician King: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1172)

    Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

    Douglas says: "King Grossman the Magician"
    "Best Fantasy since King's novel "The Tallisman""
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    A university specializing in magic is the setting, but the true essence of the novel involves the relationship between students. Interesting parallel between our educational systms and the ranking of normal magicians and gifted magicians. Reminds me at times of The Tallisman by Stephen King, one of my favorite novels or all times. Some people have thought of this novel as an "adult Harry Potter" but I disagree. if you want a book that can take you way and maintain credibility and believability, you will like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (793)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Multi-Star Rating, But Worth Your Time"
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    A frank and sometimes harsh story of a lonely obese man who ultimately accepts himself and who is the object of a young man's link to finding his father. It is heart wrenching at times, but comedy relief comes when a friendship develops between the man and his hispanic young maid. The narrator brings this female forward in a stellar performance.. The story would have been 4 stars if it hadn't left the reader hanging a ltitle and unsatisfied in the end. I am not sure if it was to set up the scene for a second novel or not, but either way, closure could have been better. Both narrator's performance is outstanding, and in fact, may be the reason it's a successful listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Adrift

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited. But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks).

    T. Menefee says: "Glad to get the completion of Edward's story"
    "Laughing Out Loud Funny"
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    Edward is a 40+ year-old with Asperger's. He is high functioning, and has high self esteem. The compulsive traits of his Asperger's comes through and it's hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing. There's a coming of age story within the story. Not sentimental. Great Book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nickolas Butler
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd, Ari Fliakos, Maggie Hoffman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    It’s a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friends—all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town—it is home. And now they are men, coming into their own, or struggling to do so. One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations. But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star. And then there’s Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives.

    Janice says: "Thirty-Something angst"
    "Expect to Hear Great Things About This Novel"
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    My favorite contemporary fiction selection so far for 2014. This novel focuses on the comings and goings of lives that were once tightly connected in a small Wisconsin town. This is not a sentimental memoir.. it is solid and reeks of truth. Although the novel spans across a couple of decades, it focuses on the present day effects that friendships from the past have on our lives. Narrators are consistant and likable. Nickolas Butler has written a novel of which almost any reader can relate.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bartender's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (269)

    The Bartender' s Tale stars Tom Harry and his 12-year-old son, Rusty, who live alone and run a bar in a small Montana town in the early 1960s. Their lives are upended when Proxy, a woman from Tom's past, and her beatnik daughter, Francine, breeze into town. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own.

    B.J. says: "If you love a good story ..."
    "Original Father/Son Story You Don't Want to Miss!"
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    As far as contemporary fiction goes, this one gets 5 Stars. The original storyline introduces us to a single father, whose son is being raised, unhappily, by an aunt. The father makes a decision to bring his son home, and together, they grow up running a bar. A wonderful father and son story that is not ruined by stereotypes or over the top emotion. Characters are rich and unique. Even though the storyline spans a couple of decades, the author presents it as just a "slice of life." Contemporary fiction isn't often my thing, but this book was. David Aaron Baker was absolutely the perfect choice for narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Floating Staircase

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ronald Malfi
    • Narrated By Monty Lewis Sauerwein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Following the success of his latest novel, Travis Glasgow and his wife Jodie buy their first house in the seemingly idyllic western Maryland town of Westlake. At first, everything is picture perfect—from the beautiful lake behind the house to the rebirth of the friendship between Travis and his brother, Adam, who lives nearby. Travis also begins to overcome the darkness of his childhood and the guilt he’s harbored since his younger brother’s death—a tragic drowning veiled in mystery that has plagued Travis since he was 13.

    jan says: "A Little Horror, A Little Mystery, A Little Ghost"
    "A Little Horror, A Little Mystery, A Little Ghost"
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    Ronald Malfi writes a horror/mystery that is worth a credit. It got my attention on page one, and held my attention throughout. There were good twists that eventually weave together for a well delivered novel. The Floating Staircase is the story of a man who is haunted throughout adulthood for a moment of carelessness as a child, and a haunting that finally grants him the redemption he very much deserves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snowblind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Golden
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    In Christopher Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade - a work reminiscent of early Stephen King - Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age. The small New England town of Coventry had weathered 1,000 blizzards...but never one like this, where people wandered into the whiteout and vanished. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same. Now, as a new storm approaches 12 years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow.

    jan says: "Snowblind.. It's Quite a Party!"
    "Snowblind.. It's Quite a Party!"
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    This novel's strength is it's original storyline. It held my attention throughout...which is not easy to do... I'm a picky reader. Narration is solid and character-consistant. Horror fans will love the creepy winter overtones and how the storyline weaves in and out of the blizzard's path. The ending is unpredictable. The reader is satisfied, but definately feels that Golden is not finished with his story or it's charcters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (498)

    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

    FanB14 says: "Just Missed the Mark"
    "Peculiarly Good"
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    I ordered Miss Peregrine's Home not knowing it was targeted for Young Adults. I was planning on exchanging it. However, I listened to the first chapter and changed my mind. This novel starts quickly and moves quickly, like most in the young adult genre. It has solid character developement, horror, historical reflection of the holocaust and WWII, and time travel. It is well written and I found it worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Down

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (177)

    In his eagerly awaited fourth novel, New York Times best-selling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line.

    Julia's aunt says: "Seems made for audio format"
    "Death Has Never Been so Funny!"
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    What a great book. Four individuals who think they are living the last day of their lives, meet by coincidence at the top of the building where they are planning to jump. Characters are all unique and a little quirky. The youngest of the group is angry, crazy, and hilarious. The narration of this character is outstanding. Excellent ending, with a look at depression vs. the realities of the everyday human life. All three narrators stellar. It's quite a party.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nightworld: The Adversary Cycle, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Christopher Price
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The end of the world begins at dawn, when the sun rises later than it should. Then the holes appear. The first forms in Central Park, within sight of an apartment where Repairman Jack and a man as old as time watch with growing dread. Gaping holes, bottomless and empty…until sundown, when the first unearthly, hungry creatures appear.

    Tracy says: "If this ever happened you would be terrified!"
    "My Favorite F. Paul Wilson"
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    I have read several of Wilson's novels, and have always thought they were okay. Nightworld was much more engaging for me. It is character-rich, and definately has more action and fantasy/supernatural than his other books I have read. I think this one is worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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