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James

Good food, fishing, gardening, and audio books, these are my four windows on heaven.

Crescent City, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • A Grief Observed

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments", A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period.

    Sam says: "A Grief Observed (Unabridged)"
    "Read This One"
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    If your life burst like a balloon and you want to be dead, because you can't believe the one you love has died, this book is for you. This is no poem. This is no nice story. This is your story after death kicks the crap out of you, takes your most priced possession, and leaves you gasping for breath. This is the grief book you are looking for.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2876)
    Performance
    (2519)
    Story
    (2523)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "Help, Healing, Hardship And A Bit Of Hilarity"
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    Fantastic! I read this while painting my house. I laughed, actually, cried, actually, and swore. I was so engrossed in the story, I missed a movie date while painting and listening. This may seem trivial in a book review, but my wife recently died and I have been suffering immensely trying to deal with the loss. Laughter has been hard to come by. Understanding of my pain even harder to find. And healing seemed impossible to ask for, yet I found some of all these in this book. There are some parts of the trip that disgusted me, like the almost rape by an archer, but the listen was an escape and inspiration. I loved the closing lines and found some healing. This book works on many levels, but I recommend it to those who are drowning in sadness. It will make you cry, but that will end with the sweetest of tears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Years Before the Mast

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Henry Dana
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Richard Henry Dana, a law student turned sailor for health reasons, sailed in 1834 aboard the brig Pilgrim on a voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. Drawing from his journals, Two Years Before the Mast gives a vivid and detailed account, shrewdly observed and beautifully described, of a common sailor's wretched treatment at sea, and of a way of life virtually unknown at that time.

    Thomas says: "Great Read!"
    "The Most Amazing Read Ever"
    Overall

    I have read this book at least 10 times. The history is pure time travel. The reader, Bernard Mayes, is in perfect pitch at all times. The human courage recorded here is almost unbelievable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (985)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (407)

    This is what happened: I met him at the candy store. He turned and smiled at me and I was surprised enough to smile back. This was not a children's candy store, mind you, this was the kind of place you went to buy expensive imported chocolate truffles for your boss' wife because you felt guilty for having sex with him when you were both at a conference in Milwaukee.

    Cynthia says: "Can't get enough!"
    "Shocking Progression"
    Overall

    This book started, as expected, with hardcore sex. What shocked me was its progression to a worthwhile catholic novel. It actually becomes a book about devil wrestling and personal growth, a salvation. I am shocked at the mixing of raunch and theology, but it worked for me.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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