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PATRICIA

CHICO, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (457)

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

    Kirt says: "Startling, well-researched view..."
    "Everyone should read this book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book really sheds light on why so many boys and young men are struggling in our society.


    What did you learn from Boys Adrift that you would use in your daily life?

    I've always been a strong supporter of education of women, but women are now the ones excelling. While I won't stop supporting efforts for girls and women, I think we need to develop new ways to support boys and young men.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1390)
    Performance
    (1256)
    Story
    (1258)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "Very interesting characters"
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    If you could sum up Heft in three words, what would they be?

    Loneliness, family, fear


    What does Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent readers really made the book


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

    The entire story was moving because of the depth of the characters


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint with the book was that it got a little tedious about three-quarters in. I felt it could have been an hour or so shorter without losing anything.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year of Wonders

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (297)

    When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story- Awful Narrator"
    "Difficult subject affected my opinion"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes because I learned about the history of plague, but it was such a difficult subject that I didn't really enjoy it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Geraldine Brooks is a wonderful writer so I always enjoy her language. I also liked the ending, once the time of the plague was over. Her stories are always so well crafted that I was really disappointed that I didn't love this one like I have her other books.


    What aspect of Geraldine Brooks’s performance would you have changed?

    I don't care for the sound of her voice so there is nothing she could have done to improve the reading. I think it was probably an appropriate voice for the character, but I just don't enjoy listening to it.


    Did Year of Wonders inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 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
    (3124)
    Performance
    (2746)
    Story
    (2750)

    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.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Grabbed me right away"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's very well written and a great story of a woman finding herself


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cheryl is multi-dimensional as she recovers from a difficult time in her early adult life.


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

    I loved her as narrator. I assumed she was the author until I checked. She conveyed the author's story with passion.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hiking to a new life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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