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Rodney A. Zemke

Retired. Have been listening to book since 1977.

Woodbury, MN USA

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  • The Orchardist

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amanda Coplin
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (336)

    At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

    Marcia says: "Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale."
    "Excellent Book"
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    If you could sum up The Orchardist in three words, what would they be?

    a great read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Orchardist?

    description of the apple-growing area of Washington in the early 20th Century


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the drama of the writing


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    can't say without it being a spoiler


    Any additional comments?

    Well written with a very interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (901)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "You should read this book"
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    An outstanding piece of fiction by a relatively new author. The characters are very compelling combined with a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1709)
    Performance
    (1420)
    Story
    (1432)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Lewis Outstanding as Usual"
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    Michael Lewis is such a talented writer. He take difficult (potentially boring) subject and totally bring it to life. After you read one of his books, you will know more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (780)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Franics says: "Violence is decreasing everywhere. Who knew?"
    "Intellectually intense, but worth the read."
    Overall
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    Where does The Better Angels of Our Nature rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Steven Pinker is one of the foremost thinkers of this era. This book demonstrates his ability to synthesize so many disciplines to write this remarkable book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    na


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Vaddey Ratner
    • Narrated By Greta Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood - the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father.

    Melinda says: "A Terrible Tale from A Beautiful Storywriter"
    "Disappointing"
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    What did you like best about In the Shadow of the Banyan? What did you like least?

    I did learn a few more things regarding the tragic events in Cambodia. The character development was weak. The author did a poor job of telling us a story regarding these events.


    Do you think In the Shadow of the Banyan needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What It Is Like to Go to War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (238)

    In 1969, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience.

    Lynn says: "Destined to become a Classic"
    "Every American should have to read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    People should know what it is like to go to war.


    What other book might you compare What It Is Like to Go to War to and why?

    Saving Private Ryan


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    NA


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The dream that Marlantes experienced


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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