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Barton

Katy, TX, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Whistling Season

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (280)

    When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

    Rick Just says: "Wordplay"
    "Like having warm apple pie at Grandma's."
    Overall

    Loved this book, I found it both profound and moving. Doig's book is as refreshing as a cool breeze on a long hot autumn day. The book doesn't have a cynical 21 century bone in its binding. The boys and father are moral, wise and courageous. It seems that almost every critically acclaimed book written in our times has to teach us how we are all the same. How America is racist, homophobic, misogynistic and/or greedy. It just gets to be so tiresome hearing this droning chant go on and on in modern literature. It is a great pleasure to have book that is both beautiful and wholesome.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2828)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (741)

    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"
    "A Tale Retold"
    Overall

    This is an odd retelling of Hamlet in Wisconsin on a Dog Farm rather than in Denmark. It is pretty well done, but somewhat overlong it, and a little too wordy. Kudos to the author for an excellent debut novel. Apparently, I was not the only reviewer who felt it was a retelling of the Hamlet because they referenced Hamlet as well. One of the many things this author could have learned from Shakespeare is that "brevity is the soul of wit" and cut the book in half. Still it is well done. Of course, that is just one opinion. I would recommend "The Whistling Season", it has similar pacing and narration but it is a better tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8602)
    Performance
    (3059)
    Story
    (3088)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Modern Characters"
    Overall

    The book was well written, but a little over long. The narration by John Lee was exceptional. My main complaint with the book is that the all of the heroic and sympathetic characters attitudes and ideologies were from our time not from Medieval England for me this made the story quite implausible.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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