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BURLINGTON, VT, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 5 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 341 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014

  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"

    This book is a compelling story that ties in so beautifully with the human condition and natural world dilemma. Kingsolver bridges the gap of communication between social, political and academic cultures in this country through the eyes of a truly remarkable Kingsolverian character. She paints with words a world so precious and so precarious that I'm torn in two listening to it.

    Kingsolver herself narrates this wonder like she's been on stage her entire life. Who but she would know these people so spectacularly well but how often does an author live up to the challenge? This was one of the best books I've ever read.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "Not Great"

    In his efforts to make the run up to the Civil War a balanced view from both sides, Mr. Jakes forgot to balance his characters. All evil characters lusting to commit revenge on the good guys gets boring and predictable. Since I know how the war turned out, I don't need to learn what happens to these characters. I won't read the rest of this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Hingson, Susy Flory
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince

    On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001. Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team....

    Reader says: "Good but too broad"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Perhaps if the preview had been more accurate, I might be more favorable in my review. A majority of this book was all about the author, how amazing he is and how no one could see past his lack of vision. Very little (other than the title) was about the dog and that is what I wanted to know about. How was she trained? How was that bond created? How do they assess which dog will be the wonder dog that works as the eyes for a human being? There was no research into how the four legged component of his team got where she is.

    The tale of 9/11 was compelling because of content, but it was less than half the book.

    What was most disappointing about Michael Hingson and Susy Flory ’s story?

    I found Mr. Hingson a fairly unlikable character and unfortunately, the book was 95% about him. Yes he is remarkable in his accomplishments in communities that constantly underestimate his abilities, but his lack of humility and sense of humor made the book tiresome by the end. I'm sure that the purpose of this book is to educate the sighted population on the abilities and challenges of the blind but the sanctimonious flavor that this book creates towards those of us who can see was distasteful. As much as it may be justified, a chip on the shoulder of any author does very little to contribute to a compelling read.

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

    I think Christopher Prince was the best thing about the book.

    Do you think Thunder Dog needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No! I won't buy anything from this author again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Annabel Pitcher
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To 10-year-old Jamie, his family has fallen apart because of the loss of someone he barely remembers: his sister Rose, who died five years ago in a terrorist bombing. To his father, life is impossible to make sense of when he lives in a world that could so cruelly take away a 10-year-old girl. To Rose's surviving 15-year-old twin, Jas, every day she lives in Rose's ever-present shadow, forever feeling the loss like a limb, but unable to be seen for herself alone.

    Marcia says: "Amazing!"
    What made the experience of listening to My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece the most enjoyable?

    This well written book took me to the rural English countryside, back to elementary school and back to the planet through the remarkable eyes of a wonderful ten year old boy. David Tennant honored that boy with the best character reading I think I've ever heard on any audible book recording. I laughed and cried and was strengthened by this tale. It's so funny, and so sad and so very uplifting.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Sonia (sp?) was my favorite. What an amazing, tenacious character. She is brave and strong and wise way beyond her years, but Pitchard still managed to create her as a ten year old girl.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is another tough question. There were so many wonderful scenes. I love how Pitchard described the sun coming into the car on the way to the contest as 'inside of an egg yolk'. My favorite has to be the saddest scene though, where Jamie finds his cat and understands what his father is dealing with. What a beautiful and poignant was to describe a boy growing into an empathetic young man.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    I'll listen to anything that David Tennent reads (except Doctor Who books. I think that's beneath him.)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Treads Water"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    After three books of a story that crawls like a 3 legged beetle, I'm done. I no longer care who lives and dies. It's like a never ending soap opera with violence, sex and lousy weather.

    What was most disappointing about George R. R. Martin’s story?

    It never went anywhere. After 3 books and hours of listening, nothing really happened.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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