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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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  • 39 reviews
  • 59 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Crossing to Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (272)
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    (199)
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    (203)

    One of the finest American authors of the 20th century, Wallace Stegner compiled an impressive collection of accolades during his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Award, and three O. Henry Awards. His final novel, Crossing to Safety is the quiet yet stirring tale of two couples that meet during the Great Depression and form a lifelong bond.

    Barbara says: "Real characters dealing with life & death."
    "Lovely Portrait of Lifelong Friendship"
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    Another review that I read said that this book was like "the Anti-Gatsby" - nothing really out of the ordinary happens except the development of a lifelong friendship between two married couples. A story richly told of lives well-lived, this book is a lovely portrait of how friendships are formed and kept over the course of a lifetime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
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    (350)
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    (346)

    The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

    Dennis says: "Great writing and narration"
    "Rip-Roaring Good Story"
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    I LOVED this book. If you are looking for a rip-roaring good story, with wonderful characters, this is your book. Based on the known facts of the lives of Doc Holliday, the Earp brothers and Dodge City in the late 1870's, Russell weaves a story that will leave you wanting more long after you've finished it. Mary Doria Russell is a wonderful writer; and the audio book narrator, Mark Bramhall, was extraordinary. Russell's first book "The Sparrow" was one of my all-time favorites, and this book will be added to that list as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
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    (506)
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    (513)

    In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

    Paul Bennett says: "Fine book, adequate narration"
    "An Important - Untold - Story"
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    Fascinating book about the Allies efforts in World War II to identify, locate, conserve, and in many cases return art and cultural artifacts to the rightful owners following World War II. While reading the book I realized that I had visited many of the areas described in this book in France, Austria and Germany, and that I had never heard these stories before. I'm glad that the story is being told now.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • All Mortal Flesh: A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (53)
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    (31)
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    (31)

    Police Chief Russ van Alstyne doesn't expect any gossip in the town about his carefully contained feelings for the Reverend Clare Fergusson. So he certainly doesn't expect to be the prime suspect when his wife is found murdered in their own home. To the state police, it's an open-and-shut-case of a disaffected husband, silencing first his wife, then the investigation he controls.

    Jonelle says: "A Must-Read in the Series"
    "A Must-Read in the Series"
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    While I'm more of a crime or detective mystery reader, the series' premise of an Episcopal priest who falls in love with the married police chief while investigating crimes in their small community has been an intriguing storyline to watch develop. I didn't like this story as much as the first books in the series; but it seems to be one that you must read before moving on to the others. And, I will be reading the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1507)
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    (982)
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    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Fascinating, Inspiring Story"
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    I loved Metaxis' biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The evolution of his spirituality, his beliefs and writings, his activity as part of a conspiracy to assassinate Hitler all made for an absolutely fascinating life story. While told from a decidedly evangelical perspective, the book is highly recommended.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (695)

    Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

    Darwin8u says: "More saints per capita than any book by Butler"
    "Best Way to Read Copperfield"
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    What a L-O--N---G book! --about 37 hours of listening (can you imagine narrating it?!)

    While I enjoyed Simon Vance's expert narration and characterization of the Dickens characters, I can't say that I loved listening to this book. All that Victorian prose...and, frankly, the way that Dickens and men of his time regarded women was awaful. (Women needing to have their 'minds formed', and serving as the 'moral center' of a home, or flittering about like 'little birds' all the time.)

    While Dickens certainly created memorable characters, I can't say that I liked David Copperfield very much at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracy Kidder
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
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    (207)
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    Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a socially conscious genius who uses his intellectual and personal gifts to solve global health problems.

    MikeInOhio says: "A Great Book"
    "An Inspiring Book!"
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    Tracy Kidder is a wonderful narrative non-fiction writer and this book is no exception. In it, he tells the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Harvard infectious disease doctor of very humble origins who is out to save the world, and Haiti in particular. If only we had more people in the world like Farmer. An inspiring book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (1888)
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    (1890)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Richly Developed Characters - A Great Read!"
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    With shades of Angela's Ashes, Tana French spins out a mystery set in Dublin's working class neighborhoods and tenements.

    French uses a minor character (Frank Mackey) from an earlier novel, The Likeness, as her protagonist and has him return to the neighborhood of his childhood to discover the body of his long-lost teenage girlfriend in an abandoned flat. French really knows how to develop her characters well, and undercover cop Frank Mackey is no exception.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon
    • Narrated By Michael Chabon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
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    (78)
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    As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as a father, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor. At once dazzling, hilarious, and moving, Manhood for Amateurs is destined to become a classic.

    David says: "Awesome Book!"
    "Enjoyable, fun and thought provoking!"
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    This was a quick read book of essays by and about author Michael Chabon's life.

    Chabon was surprisingly revealing. (I found myself wondering if I were Michael Chabon's kid, would I want to read something that talks so frankly about my parent's sex life or pot-smoking habits? But, that's part of what makes it interesting.) And, while it seemed kind of light weight and quick-to-digest at the time, even after several weeks I still find myself thinking about and talking about some of his essays with others.

    I especially enjoyed the essay about the clock of the long now and how when we were growing up, people actively talked about and imagined the future - what it would be like, look like, the new ways in which people would interact with technology. Chabon said that now, no one thinks about the future - perhaps because daily life is all changing so fast.

    Enjoyable, fun and thought provoking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Véra

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (16)
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    (6)
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    Hailed by critics as "monumental" (Boston Globe) and "utterly romantic" (New York magazine), Véra, the story of Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov, brings to shimmering life one of the greatest literary love stories of our time. Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita, Pale Fire, and Speak, Memory, wrote his books first for himself and secondly for his wife.

    Krystyna Hanser says: "Author & narrator combine talents"
    "Fascinating Life Story"
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    I'm often fascinated by the woman behind the creative genius, and this book was no exception.

    Wife and literary partner/agent of Vladimir Nabokov, Vera's life story and the portrait of their marriage was fascinating, even if a little tough to believe at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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