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Brainerd, MN, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
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  • 392 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • 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.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Captivating listen -- life lessons abound!"
    Would you listen to Flight Behavior again? Why?

    Absolutely. I have already returned to it twice. The story made me laugh out loud, listen intently, and think hard about the effects of my own life upon the environment.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved Kingsolver's depiction of characters. Whether in a lead role or just part of the side story, the people became dear to me. I just heard Will Steger speak right before I began to read this book. His presentation about global warming was compelling, and Flight Behavior put a face (and butterfly wings) on this important issue.

    I appreciated Barbara Kingsolver's inclusion of important information about the environment, and the impact that so many of our choices make upon the earth. Some readers/listeners may think that the scientific details slowed the progress of the story line, but I feel that they made the characters' decisions even more engaging.

    What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

    Barbara Kingsolver's voice is quite ordinary, and even a bit flat. However, the tone of her voice made no difference to me because I was swept up into the story from the first page.

    I would listen to any book that Barbara Kingsolver has written. Her stories are memorable and the issues she cares about are worth delving into with her thoughtful guidance.

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

    Absolutely, but it would be a long sitting. I did not want to stop listening, and when I did, I was anxious to get back to the story.

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  • The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    International superstar Jussi Adler-Olsen, with more than fourteen million copies of his books sold worldwide, returns with the fourth book in his New York Times best-selling Department Q series, about a perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences. In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.

    Charles Atkinson says: "It's a 5 Star Story of Revenge"
    "I Want More from Department Q!"
    What did you love best about The Purity of Vengeance?

    I love all of Jussi Adler-Olsen's books. I am very fond of the humorous and caring relationships among the office mates.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Assad is still a mystery to me, and I want to learn more about him.

    Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?

    Rose is very intriguing--in all her complexity.

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

    Although the detective work and some of the situations are hard to stomach, I want to read / listen because the characters have become very real to me. They matter to me as individuals.

    The bond among Carl, Assad, and Rose becomes very poignant in this book.

    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE get more of Jussi Adler-Olsen's books translated and into the Audible library SOON.

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