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Jonelle

A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air

Camp Hill, PA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 70 reviews
  • 97 ratings
  • 341 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2015
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  • The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charlie Lovett
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman's Tale is a former bookseller's sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature's most tantalizing mysteries with echoes of Shadow of the Wind and A.S. Byatt's Possession.

    George says: "One of the best books I have read."
    "Pleasant light diversion"
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    I didn't think that this book was terribly well written, but I did enjoy the small glimpse it gave of an antiquarian bookseller's world as well as the author's literary mystery. I listened to the book, and while the narrator's voice was quite beautiful, his pacing was terribly slow. I actually had to speed up the recording to one and a half times its normal speed--something I've rarely had to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Samantha Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    Bridget Jones, the iconic character who sold 15 million books worldwide, inspired a major motion picture franchise, and became beloved as a Chardonnay-swilling everywoman, is back in this hotly anticipated third installment.

    Marci says: "Love this book for exactly what it is"
    "Great fun!"
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    Well, I know many critics are panning this Bridget Jones update, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great summer fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12396)
    Performance
    (11223)
    Story
    (11250)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Dickensian..."
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    I'd set this Pulitzer prize-winning novel aside for uninterrupted vacation reading; and I'm glad I did. Dickensian comes to mind, very Great Expectations-like with orphans abounding--then the whole throwing open the sash on Christmas morning scene was really over the top. However, while Tartt's storytelling was engaging and her characters well-developed I just didn't like the characters too much (with one exception, Hobie). I also thought an editor could have eliminated much of the seeming repetitiveness of the 'woe's me' orphan stuff. Anyway, in the end, it was enjoyable, and I'm glad I read all 770+ pages if it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Way Home: Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1079)

    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

    Sharon says: "Louise, what were you thinking?"
    "A little ponderous"
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    Penny"s latest entry in her Armand Gamache mystery series finds the chief inspector comfortably retired in Three Pines. However a missing person and a friend's plea for help draws him back into investigation. As always, her characters are well drawn and familiar. This one isn't the best in the series, in fact it's a bit ponderous at times, but I still enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4188)
    Performance
    (3757)
    Story
    (3782)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Fascinating!"
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    Fascinating and disturbing account of what a minimum security prison sentence was like for one woman. Something needs to change here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hiding Place

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (485)

    At one time, Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that she had a story to tell. For the first 50 years of her life, nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to her. She was a spinster watchmaker living contentedly with her sister and their elderly father in the tiny house over their shop in Haarlem. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. But with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, everything changed....

    Sara says: "Inspiring"
    "Inspirational"
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    Corrie ten Boom's account of her family's grace-filled response to World War II and her German persecutors was inspirational.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jayber Crow

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Wendell Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Surrounded by his friends and neighbors, he is both participant and witness as the community attempts to transcend its own decline. And meanwhile Jayber learns the art of devotion and that a faithful love is its own reward.

    Nathan says: "A book about heaven... "a good thing that came""
    "Community, Love and Faith-WOW!"
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    Without question, this is a five star book. Readers may find that it starts very slowly, but it is this close observation of life and Berry's lyrical, beautuful writing about community, love, faith and living that make this a highly recommended book. Lovers of small towns, small farms and slow food will find much to love here. I can't wait to read more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Place: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
    Overall
    (1557)
    Performance
    (1376)
    Story
    (1366)

    "The Secret Place", a board where the girls at St Kilda's School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

    Diane says: "Incredibly disappointing"
    "highly Recommended!"
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    I love Tana French's books. They are truly deep immersion experiences. So set aside some time to be drenched in her 400+ page world. The book had a good mystery (murder at a girls boarding school), compellingly drawn detectives (who I want to read more about please), and the most richly detailed descriptions of the lives of teenage girls. In fact, those chapters were probably what made me give the book four stars instead of five. The chapters in the world of the girls really captured the crazy, self-centered, all-consuming nature of those years. I didn't like it then, and I still don't like it...but boy does she capture it! Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1102)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (940)

    Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

    Debbie says: "Riveting Mystery"
    "Great Series Start!"
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    After reading Krueger's recent book Ordinary Grace, I was looking forward to reading the first in his Cork O'Connor mystery series. Set in Minnesota, I hadn't realized Native American culture figured so prominently in its rural areas. I also didn't expect someone named Cork O'Connor to be a Native American. In fact, there were a lot of surprises in the book that I found very satisfying...I'll definitely read another!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Celeste Ng
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1425)
    Performance
    (1229)
    Story
    (1231)

    Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

    colprubin says: "Character Novel"
    "Poignant Repression"
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    Repressed emotions & thoughts; mis-guided assumptions about those we are closest to; ....how destructive they are! Ng's closely observed study of the Chinese-American Lee family and what led to teenage daughter Lydia's death is poignant and well-written

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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