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Ellen M. Lind

Hillsboro, OR United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (675)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "What a disappointment"
    Overall

    Warning: includes spoilers. I have been a big fan of this series, but this entry is an amazingly irritating book and by far the worst in the series. At least a third of it should have been lopped off by an editor who had read it closely enough to spot its copious repetition. For example, the dreadful doggerel of "The Mother's Song" was repeated 4 to 5 times. In addition, a lot of the descriptive portions were just plain boring. In prior books, I had mostly liked her descriptions of landscape, animals, and the uses of various medicinal plants. But in this one, Ayla visits a long series of painted caves and descriptions of what is painted where in each cave was beyond tedious. Finally much of the action and themes were taken right out of prior books. For example, Ayla & Jondalar have a misunderstanding and don't speak to each other, each convinced the other no longer loves them until Ayla takes the drug the Mogurs used in "Clan of the Cave Bear" and can't be awakened until Jondalar calls her back. This is the conflict that occupies much of the last half of "The Mammoth Hunters." Because I had liked the others, I kept listening--thinking it would get better. It never did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Shall Wear Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (630)

    Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches.

    Rebecca says: "Another Treasured Pratchett"
    "Yet another gem"
    Overall

    It???s not possible to go wrong with anything Pratchett writes but this one is great. Tiffany and the Feegles, appearances by Carrot & Angua, Nanny & Granny, new loves, and a fight against evil. What's not to love?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (712)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Not an original concept"
    Overall

    Start with Bill Bryson???s 1990 gem ???The Mother Tongue???; remove Bryson???s trademark humor and substitute a scholarly tone; use many of the same sources and examples, but drop some and expand some others; include a few (but surprising few) examples from the dozen years between the two publication dates. There you have Bragg???s The Adventure of English. It was good, it was interesting, but it wasn???t original.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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