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California Native

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  • 3 reviews
  • 71 ratings
  • 94 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2018
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  • A Line Made by Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Baume
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Struggling to cope with urban life - and life in general - Frankie, a 20-something artist, retreats to her family's rural house on "turbine hill", vacant since her grandmother's death three years earlier. It is in this space, surrounded by countryside and wild creatures, that she can finally grapple with the chain of events that led her here - her shaky mental health, her difficult time in art school - and maybe, just maybe, regain her footing in art and life.

    Gillian says: "Sorry, But This Lacks Elegance..."
    "Pointless ramblings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Plot (if there is one) is swallowed up by the pointless ramblings of an an interesting mind

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Color of Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Paulette Jiles
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    A soaring work of the imagination based on oral histories of the post - Civil War years in North Texas, Paulette Jiles's The Color of Lightning is at once an intimate look into the hearts and hopes of tragically flawed human beings and a courageous reexamination of a dark American history.

    Marlice Peabody says: "Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach."
    "Brutal and tragic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Historical fiction about frontier life. Gruesome details. Nobody wins. Hopeless. Not my cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The U. P. Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Zane Grey
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Considered by many critics to be the very best Zane Grey Western, The U. P. Trail narrates the story of William Neale, a young engineer working for the Union Pacific railway. He must contend with Indians, bandits, badlands, and bad weather to get the train to the destination. And in the midst of all this, the love of his life is kidnapped! The railroads were expanding to link the nation, with the celebrated golden spike marking the spot in Utah where the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific would meet.

    Jean says: "A Classic"
    "Great story--stiff reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Story is a classic and the characters are well developed, but the plot is unbelievable in the number of times one woman could be captured and rescued. Reading recalls the radio shows of old in its tone, but is so halting and stiff that it distracts from the narrative.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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