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Connie

Huson, MT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Christmas Blizzard

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    A wealthy and depressed man (thanks to the economy, he's not quite rich enough to expand his cache of paintings by Vincent Van Guy, the famed Dutch realist) bound for Christmas in the tropics is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota to visit an ailing aunt. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. The electricity goes out, and when it does, figures from his childhood appear, and historical figures too, for a festive candlelit holiday.

    Eileen says: "True Meaning of Life not just Christmas"
    "Good, but rambling"
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    First of all, let me say that I love Garrison Keillor. This short story has great potential, but at times it wanders and rambles. Listening to it in the car, I have to occasionally rewind to remind myself or try to figure out where I am in the story. There's so much dreaming or psychological musings that I've had a hard time following the story. I have about 10 minutes left in the recording and don't know how it's going to end - differently, I'm sure, from what I expected. The ending involves members of a family sitting around the dinner table telling stories of times past and it's almost like Mr. Keillor is trying to get in story ideas through the characters' memories because they are far from the story itself. I am hoping that James ends up at home with his wife, but it doesn't look like it will happen. It's been a different story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1683)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (927)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Hard to listen to..."
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    I enjoy Mary Roach's books and have read several of them. I downloaded this one to listen to in the car, but it's been hard. I actually had to stop listening to it because it was hard to stay on topic in my head with the multitude of footnotes Ms. Roach includes. So, I think this is probably a good book, but listening to it is difficult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1701)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (879)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Took my breath away!"
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    It took me a little while to get into this book, but it caught me up and didn't let me down until the end. I listen to books in the car on my 45 minute commute and when I got home the last time listening to this, it had 8 minutes to go. I sat in the car in the garage and listened to it end. Another reviewer said that you see the ending coming, but I didn't and it made me actually catch my breath. The narrator did a great job with the accents and the storytelling. I loved it! and will recommend it to others.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27140)
    Performance
    (13761)
    Story
    (13808)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A "garage moment" listen"
    Overall

    I have to travel 25 miles to and from work three days a week. I have this book on my MP3 player and it makes the trip more bearable. I'm from the South and my husband and son tease me when I come in the house from listening to the book because my southern accent is more pronounced -- "Have you been listening to that book again?" I've found the narration very authentic and not contrived as you often hear in movies. The narrators are very talented in switching between characters. The story is elegant and at times makes me ashamed that I'm from the South. But it also reminds me that there were, and are, some who fought against the staus quo of the South during the 60's - sometimes to their detriment. I've had some times when I sit in the car in the garage and listen to the book because I want to see how the scene turns out. I haven't finished it yet, only a few chapters left, but I know I won't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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