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West Hartford, CT, United States

  • 2 reviews
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  • 37 titles in library
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  • Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Evison
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Benjamin Benjamin has lost virtually everything - his wife, his family, his home, his livelihood. With few options, Ben enrolls in a night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving taught in the basement of a local church. There Ben is instructed in the art of inserting catheters and avoiding liability and how to keep physical and emotional distance between client and provider. But when Ben is assigned to 19-year-old Trev, he discovers that the endless mnemonics and service plan checklists have done little to prepare him.

    Marjorie says: "The Title Scared Me But......"
    "Perhaps they should have left it alone.?"
    What disappointed you about Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving?

    I'm thinking the "revision" wasn't a good thing. This book was SO close to being a decent "summer -read,' that I actually felt sorry, for it. In the end, though, I was just plain disappointed. AND, a tad peeved. Too long and went NOWHERE.....slowly.

    What could Jonathan Evison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He seemed to lose momentum, as he wrote. He began to meander and then downright WANDER from the main premise / plot. Then, it abruptly ended. Loose ends all over the place.Sadly, by then, I didn't really CARE what came of things.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    With exaggerated nonchalance.He seemed to be winking, as in "me, too" but we weren't privy to the joke.

    What character would you cut from Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving?

    The author.

    Any additional comments?


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Stephen King ages, like fine wine."
    What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    The wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower - # 4.5, certainly CAN stand alone, should the reader have lived beneath a rock, when the Dark Tower series dominated the literary fiction world - from 1974 (?) ALLLLL the way to 2004 (??). Yet, it fits so neatly into the niche between "Wizard and Glass" and "Wolves of the Calla" that I feel it a MUST READ, foe every Kingaholic - myself chief amongst these. As with most of King's stories, I became instantly sad and lonely for characters immediately after the initial end-of-story-satisfaction began to dissipate. However, in the case of "Wind Through the Keyhole", I found myself wandering over to the main bookshelf and pulling out both the 4th AND the 5th books, of the series! I could decide to rejoin the characters - prior to this latest adventure, OR move along with them, once again - as I had several years ago - to their NEXT one, in the Calla. What a gift! Thanks, Steve. Oh, and BONUS - he self-narrates this one!! To my fellow "constant reader" (King's phrasing) I say - ENJOY!

    What other book might you compare The Wind Through the Keyhole to and why?

    Any of the books of "The Dark Tower" = all are equally thrilling, engaging and unforgettable.*This one was reminiscent to my favorite period in the Series ="The drawing of the three."

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

    His own enthusiasm for the material and his unique sense of humour.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    YES!! Both.

    Any additional comments?

    A true serendipity. The series was satisfying, as it was written. I'd read it over the nearly three decades during which it was released, and then RE-READ it, once I owned the entire series!! This unexpected segue was certainly not extraneous to the original story, but added a deeper level of commaraderie, companionship and admiration to and for the "ka-tet."

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