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Alana

knittingnut

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 48 purchased in 2014
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  • Rubber Legs and White Tail-Hairs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick McManus
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    America's most hilarious sportsman returns with this collection of insights about youth, the great outdoors, and the philosophy of fileting fish. When best-selling author Patrick McManus looks at a subject, you're sure to come away with an outrageously new perspective.

    Meghan says: "One of our family's favorites"
    "Stupid, but Funny"
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    Gotta' love McManus for his dumb sense of humor that will still make one laugh. I think his books have more appeal for those who love being out-of-doors, but I am not a fisherman or hunter and still enjoy his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (498)

    The recently orphaned Sisters Grimm find out from their Granny, who they thought was dead, that they're descendents of the legendary Brothers Grimm. Now they must take over the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives in a town where fairy tales are real. Their first case: a giant is destroying the town and it may have something to do with a boy named Jack and a certain famous beanstalk.

    Tina says: "Funny twists"
    "Young adult book?"
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    As my title suggests, this novel (?) may be intended for a younger audience than myself. I do wish Audible would clarify classifications, although overall it is becoming difficult to tell what type of book I'm going to get: romance, fiction, young adult, fantasy?

    As for this particular book, I disliked the narration quite a bit as it was rather overblown in an attempt, I guess, to sound like a prince or bear or giant. The storyline was lacking and lackluster.

    Why did I purchase it, you ask? The concept was intriguing, while the execution was not.
    Harsh, I know, but it seems like publishers aren't very discriminating these days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liberty

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    Lake Wobegon is in a frenzy of preparations for the Fourth of July. The town is dizzy with anticipation - until they hear of Clint's ambition to run for Congress. They know about his episodes with vodka sours, his rocky marriage, and his friendship with the 24-year-old who dresses up as the Statue of Liberty for the parade and may be buck naked beneath her robes. In Keillor's words, "It is Lake Wobegon as you imagined it - good loving people who drive each other crazy."

    Christopher says: "Great for a long country drive."
    "Keillor's novels"
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    Garrison Keillor is a great storyteller, but this skill doesn't a novel make. I thought because this novel took place in Lake Wobegon it would be as entertaining as his short stories, but this concept turned out to be simply not the case.

    After awhile, Garrison's narration sounds whiny and I didn't want to hear him drone on.

    I couldn't finish the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing but the Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (234)

    When San Francisco attorney Dismas Hardy gets a call saying his wife never picked the kids up from school, he's worried. Frannie's a great mother. Turns out there's a good explanation: She's in jail. Unbeknownst to her husband, Frannie has just appeared before a grand jury - and refused to share a crucial piece of information about her friend Ron, who's accused of killing his wife.

    MEMcL says: "Disappointing"
    "Slow in the middle"
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    My first book by this author, and I was disappointed. It felt very much like the Kellerman series, almost like a carbon copy, especially in the relationship between husband and wife.

    The story line slowed tremendously in the middle, and I felt like I could miss several minutes and still keep up with what was happening. Overall, a slow thriller, so does that make it a no-thrill?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (15893)
    Performance
    (12127)
    Story
    (12157)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "A good listen"
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    This is a great fantasy series, if you like listening or reading about destriers and clashing kingdoms. Martin's characters are well-developed and feel like "real" people. Some you will come to love, others you will hate.

    There are a lot of descriptive passages about banners, shields, armor, and horses, sometimes a little too much. Lots of battle scenes, with a lot of details, some downright bloody.

    The story style is moving from character to character, which helps hold one's interest.

    If you enjoy this kind of reading, Martin is at the top of the game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (554)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (331)

    Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    Heimo says: "deeply moving rollercoaster ride"
    "Stegner rocks"
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    A story spanning a lifetime during the years of prohibition, the characters in this story come alive as Stegner writes about them. As one listens, you feel like you are living along with them. This novel makes one think about what makes a person good or bad, and whether certain characteristics of a person lean them in one direction or the other.

    A long novel, but to me it didn't seem repetitive or longer than it needed to be to outline and fill in the story line.

    An excellent listen, performed well by the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Clarke Peters
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (243)

    As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there - longtime friends, bandmates, and co-regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth-Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, a pair of semi-legendary midwives who have welcomed, between them, more than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart - half tavern, half temple - stands Brokeland Records.

    Darwin8u says: "26,784 sq in (and 4.5 miles) surrounded by REALITY"
    "I liked his other book"
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    I have tried 4 times to listen to this novel; my mind wanders away. I thought I would enjoy reading a book about one of my favorite places, but I'm not getting the essence of Berkeley and Telegraph Avenue from this book, and it is a unique place.

    Such a disappointment. Didn't care for the "groovy" (??) reading style of the narrator.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drama: An Actor's Education

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Lithgow
    • Narrated By John Lithgow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (248)

    In this riveting and surprising personal history, John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye. Above all Lithgow’s memoir is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought theater to John’s boyhood. From bedtime stories to Arthur’s illustrious productions, performance and storytelling were constant and cherished parts of family life.

    Diane Havens says: "Superb"
    "Well, it's John Lithgow"
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    I don't usually read memoirs by well-known people, but I have always enjoyed Lithgow's acting. Third Rock from the Sun was one of my favorite TV shows. Interestingly, he talks little about this program, and I was looking forward to some behind the scenes scenarios. I saw some bloopers from this show and they were very funny.

    I was looking for something humorous to listen to, and the memoir is not very funny. Still, I enjoyed listening to him relate his life's story; it just wasn't what I expected. It appears that an actor can play a humorous role without being a funny person. I guess that's called acting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryoburn: A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (628)

    Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

    Kevin says: "Its nice to come Home!"
    "Give me more"
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    This science fantasy/fiction series has always intrigued me due to its unique characters and storyline. This title is the latest in the series, and when I reached the end of it, all I could think of was "What? It's over?" Please, give me more. This book did seem shorter than some of the others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3049)
    Performance
    (2258)
    Story
    (2265)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "Award winning author?"
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    This book was a big disappointment, as I expected so much more from this writer. I was so bored I couldn't finish it. The theme very loosely holds the book together, and I mean loose. Perhaps it is too erudite for my tastes, but I was relieved when I allowed myself to stop listening to it. I attempted to read it a few years ago and was hoping the audio edition would improve my opinion. Not.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rattled!: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Christine Coppa
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Warm, honest, funny, and empowering, Rattled! is an unforgettable memoir of a life that takes an unexpected turn - and a brave young woman who decides to follow where the road leads. Everything in 26-year-old Christine's life was going as planned-great friends, a promising job as a magazine assistant, New York City at her feet... even a cute guy. Until the fateful day she realizes she's pregnant by said cute guy, whom she'd only been dating for a few months. The next thing you know, he bails and Christine is left to wonder, What now?

    Alana says: "An OK listen"
    "An OK listen"
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    This book was not as well-written as I expected, but it was not a huge disappointment. I have to say that I'm having a hard time thinking of more to add to this review. The book is good, but not memorable. Yes, she chooses to be a single mom, but that is not unusual any longer. I did not get any life-changing "ah-ah's" from it, which I frequently do from a memoir and is the reason I enjoy reading them. Every one's life is unique, but a good memoir needs to also be uniquely written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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