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atlantic beach, FL, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 57 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Noel Coward Audio Collection (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Simon Jones

    Throughout his life, Noel Coward the master songwriter, 'derived a considerable amount of private pleasure from writing verse'. Much of it is gathered in this first ever audio collection. From moving war-time encounters to satirical barbs at familiar Coward targets and personal reminiscences, this delightful collection is a perfect blend of vintage Noel Coward sure to be enjoyed by faithful fans and new listeners alike.

    Katherine says: "A genius"
    "A genius"

    It was so good to hear Noel Coward himself read a few of his brilliant works. The other pieces were very funny read by others. I'm so glad I added this to my collection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "contrived and ridiculous ending"

    nothing in the book would lead you to believe the ending that wroblewski came up with.

    it was as if he ran out of ideas at the end and decided to finish the book in the most abrupt manner possible just to be done with it. no matter that it was out of sync with the entire rest of the very good book. jarringingly wrong.

    sadly, the ending left me NEVER wanting to spend another second with this author who entranced and seduced me for 21 hours only to suddenly drop me and walk away. i'm actually a little bitter.

    i suggest that if you want to listen, then don't listen to the last hour. make up your own ending. whether it's a happy or sad one, it will be better than wroblewski's.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • My Year of Meats

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by American meat exporters. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones, literally.

    Emily says: "Entrancing story, unbelievable narration"
    "Jumping around in time..."

    ...when it works, it works! This book truly showed the mastery of that device. It got a little heavy handed near the end, when the author went off on her political thesis (albeit good, made the read a bit jarring out of the blue). Reader beware of some very graphic slaughterhouse language, again, completely out of sync w/the rest of the book. That said, it's compelling and I'd recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holmes on the Range

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Steve Hockensmith
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    1893 is a tough year in Montana, and any job is a good job. When Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at the secretive Bar-VR cattle spread, they're not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a comfortable campfire around which they can enjoy their favorite pastime: scouring Harper's Weekly for stories about the famous Sherlock Holmes.

    Fred says: "For Holmes Sake"
    "If you love Sherlock..."

    Folksy and funny, and a good puzzling mystery. I will definitely look for more Gustav and Otto "Holmes" prowling the range.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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