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I'm seventeen and enjoy writing about the books I read. Along with literature, my interests include history, art, nature, cooking, and the occasional pop-culture reference.

Michigan, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 2 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 67 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "An Outrageous Adventure of Coincidence and Luck!"

    This story totally deserves the international bestseller title. With infectious characters and delightful dark humor Jonasson has brought a very unique telling of some of modern history’s darkest moments to the table. Karlsson’s a protagonist you can really stand behind, his ever-constant jovial perspective on life seeps into your head as you read - reading just a chapter easily turned a few of my own sour moods around! Through lies, deceit, and unbelievable outcomes of some of the stickiest situations imagined it’s odd that friendship, however short-lived on occasion, abounds in this story. Its appearance brought this hilarious tale, down-to-earth and let the best of human nature shine.

    I don’t think I’d have enjoyed this book as much as I did if it weren’t for my digesting it in an audio form. The narrator did a marvelous job and the story unfolded so perfectly, it just felt like a story that needed to be read aloud. Highly entertaining and laugh-out loud funny.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "A Heartfelt Page-Turner!"

    After scanning through several reviews I observed a running theme with statements from readers of this book: "this is not a romance, this isn't chick lit, the valentine's-esque cover of the book is a false alarm," etc. All of which were high praises in this context and peaked my interest. So after being on the fence, I was sufficiently left with the desire to actually read it. I still didn't know a. what the story was actually about. b. how impacting said story would be.

    Moyes covers a lot of ground in this novel. Her characters, physical and emotional, flaws are melancholy yet inspiring. She elegantly delves into a topic riddled with controversy, allowing the reader to truly examine both seemingly hopeless options at hand. Dramatic, but without Hollywood glamour, this novel is a challenging story that will make you question your moral understanding of life. As other reviewers have previously nailed on the head, this is not a romance. But it is a story about love and the human spirit.

    The narrators did a lovely job as I listened to the book in two long stretches is was quite a wonderful show!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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