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REVIEWS
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  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andrew Solomon
    • Narrated By Andrew Solomon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (238)

    A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender.

    C. Beaton says: "A Gripping Masterpiece"
    "Captivating, Riveting, an Essential book."
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    This book has changed how I view people, including myself, for the better. With extraordinary empathy and respect, Solomon tells the stories of parents who raise children who are significantly different from themselves. He illuminates the complex challenges faced by both parents and children and describes how people from all walks of life address those challenges, including both successful and less successful outcomes. Differences include Down Syndrome, Dwarfism, children of rape, Deafness, Autism, transgender children, Schizophrenia, precocious children, criminal children, profound disability (I may have forgotten one or two).

    This is a LONG book (6 downloads), yet I could not put it down - I kept looking for opportunities to keep listening. I am now grieving the end of the book. Solomon reads the book himself, and the respect and empathy shines through in his telling.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a parent, works with disabled people, or was ever a child.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Betty Medsger
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    The never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists - quiet, ordinary, hardworking Americans - that made clear the shocking truth and confirmed what some had long suspected, that J. Edgar Hoover had created and was operating, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, his own shadow Bureau of Investigation.

    Susie says: "Forget Ocean's 11"
    "Fascinating account about a pivotal event in 1971"
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    The author weaves a fascinating and readable narrative of the ramifications of the burglary of a satellite FBI office in 1971. The book was gripping, going into the details of the burglary, the stories of the people who committed the burglary, and the political consequences of the secrets revealed. The book was written by one of the journalists who received copies of the stolen FBI documents and published them.

    Narration is OK, not great. There are a number of editing errors, with phrases repeated multiple times as the reader tries different pronunciations of names. But the gripping story more than makes up for these issues. I wish that a woman had been selected to narrate this book, written by a woman.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Blood: A Kate Shugak Mystery, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    In Alaska, 100 years of bad blood between the villages of Kushtaka and Kuskulana come to a boil when the body of a young Kushtaka ne'er-do-well is found wedged in a fish wheel. Sergeant Jim Chopin's prime suspect is a Kuskulana man who is already in trouble in both villages for falling in love across the river. But when the suspect disappears, members of both tribes refuse to speak to Jim. When a second murder that looks suspiciously like payback occurs, Jim has no choice but to call in Kate Shugak for help.

    Charlie Russel says: "Another Great Kate Shugak Story"
    "Classic, with a twist"
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    This is a classic Kate Shugak story, with all your favorite characters and descriptions of The Park, but a twist at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5290)
    Performance
    (4583)
    Story
    (4578)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Complex, very readable story, great narrator"
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    Would you listen to Beautiful Ruins again? Why?

    Yes, the underlying themes are mature, about accepting responsibility for your actions, making the right but not always easy choices, and living the life you have. There is a long list of characters who are all struggling with these issues in different ways. Add the rich language, the sympathetic treatment of the characters, and the generally upbeat end, and you have a book that is worth re-reading. The narrator was excellent too!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Dee, who did her best with some pretty hard knocks in her life. Of course, I liked Pasquale too, a decent man, caught up in events that took him over. He struggled to find his way, but once that became clear, did the right thing, though it was very very hard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (492)

    It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat: smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, they create the Escapist.

    Darwin8u says: "A World I DON'T Ever Want to Escape From."
    "Powerful story, a great read."
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    What did you love best about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay?

    The people, the setting, the time, the comic books were all engaging characters in this story. All complemented and enhanced each other. I have no particular interest in comic books, but loved the book anyhow.


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

    The forgiveness, love and acceptance when Joe finally came home.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4317)
    Performance
    (2389)
    Story
    (2389)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Complex taught story - great read!"
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    What did you love best about In the Woods?

    I liked how the old and new mysteries played off of each other.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This was my second time reading the book, and I was fascinated to see how the various twists and turns led to (or didn't lead to) the conclusion. Hard to put down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13560)
    Performance
    (11034)
    Story
    (11664)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Juvenile, whiny, oversharing"
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    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Way way way too much inane inner dialog about angst and uncertainty - very poorly written. I found the reader's voice incredibly annoying.


    Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    YES!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I could find in the parts I endured until I couldn't stand it any more. I didn't get to the sexual parts of the story. I might have enjoyed that. Not worth reading the drivel required to get there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator), Agnete Friis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (343)

    Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend, Karin, leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet.

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "Fantastic thriller!"
    "A Gripping Read with complex characters."
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    Where does The Boy in the Suitcase rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    I liked her slight accent and her sympathy for the characters. She helped bring them to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked that the characters were fairly conflicted, neither all good or all bad (at least most of them). This added to the interest and tension of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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