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toledo, OH, USA

  • 5 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 40 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century, 1951, in the middle of the United States, Des Moines, Iowa, in the middle of the largest generation in American history, the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, his is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero.

    David says: "Fun, but not for squeamish"
    "Laughed till I cried!"

    As another reviewer said, the hardest part of listening to this book is explaining to the drivers around you why you are laughing so hard! Special note: Hearing Bill Bryson read the book makes it so much better. I can't imagine that reading it could be as funny as hearing his voice with his dry sense of humor. It makes it so much better! I grew up in the 50's and experience much of what he talks about - downtown stores, the introduction of television in the home, chain restaurants and over-heated elem schools. But I literally laughed so hard, I had to pull off the road to get a grip. Great book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nick of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ted Bell's Nick of Time is an epic adventure story starring young Nick McIver, who uses a time machine to rescue two young children taken prisoner by pirates. Along the way, with courageous feats of derring-do, not to mention his resourcefulness, our young hero - "the most reliable boy in England" - changes the course of events in two time periods, the Napoleonic Wars and World War II.

    A User says: "It's like the good guys always win!!"
    "Great adventure book for adults too!"

    This book was recommended to me by my boss. His 10 year old loved it, so he listened to it and told me about it. Great book! I've read other time traveler books but this one was almost like a Clive Cussler underwater adventure with two plot lines intersecting at the very end. The narrator does a good job with German and British accents and even the little girl's character. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a fun, adventurous, and well-written story. It makes me want to read the author's other adult-adventure books. Enjoy!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Great Listen - entertaining and well done"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The use of two narrators was done very well. The love story line was somewhat predictable (thus the 4 stars and not 5), but the insight into circus life in the 30's was great. And the ending fit well, even though I didn't expect it. The book had been recommended to me long ago and they were right; it was very good. I have recommended it all of my friends!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
    "Big disappointment"

    This book had the potential of being something really great. The writing is excellent and the premise had countless possibilities, but the author doesn't explore the multitude of scenarios possible in the utopian world she has created, especially after the main character chooses to live outside the "community" - think of the stories that could have been told of the remaining members and how they coped after his "release." The ending was flat. After giving us such great descriptions of life and characters in this new community, she leaves us to use our own imaginations to complete the story. I think the exploration of characters response to the story was missed. I felt cheated and unresolved after listening to it. The narrator is good and does a pleasant job of characteizations - easy to listen to. I also agree that some of the subject matter would be inappropriate or difficult for the less than mature child. I cannot recommend this book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Justice Antonin Scalia Speech on Constitutional Interpretation (03/14/05)

    • ORIGINAL (57 mins)
    • By Antonin Scalia

    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia makes remarks on the topic of "Constitutional Interpretation." He speaks at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

    Jeff says: "Supreme Court for Dummies"
    "Great speech!"

    This is a great overview of the "originalists" interpretation of the constitution. Plus, Scalia is such a marvelous and entertaining speaker, it makes the entire listen worthwhile. He has a great sense of humor which helps to make this subject easier to understand. Whether or not your agree with originalists, you will enjoy listening to one of our most colorful Supreme Court justices speak!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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