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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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  • 59 reviews
  • 84 ratings
  • 294 titles in library
  • 45 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
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (241)

    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.

    Melissa says: "This is life"
    "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
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18324)
    Performance
    (12461)
    Story
    (12358)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Pure Escapist Fun"
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    No heavy lifting here. Gabaldon's first book in the Outlander series was pure escapist fun.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (814)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Coming of Age Story from One-of-a-Kind Voice"
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    Several people have told me that this novel is among their favorite books of all time. I can't quite say that, but this coming of age story about a poor Native American boy is funny and touching in a very unique way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1875)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1708)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Funny, Unconventional Romance"
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    Funny, unconventional romance about an Australian professor of genetics' quest to find a "female life partner". And, by the way, he has Asperger's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    Jonelle says: "Much to My Surprise-I really Enjoyed This!"
    "Much to My Surprise-I really Enjoyed This!"
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    I've never been a Rob Lowe fan, but picked this up as a freebie somewhere along the way -- and much to my surprise, I've become a Rob Lowe fan as a result of this memoir. It was funny, self-deprecating, engaging and enjoyable. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (74)
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    (70)

    The beautiful, much-desired Lily Bart has been raised to be one of the perfect wives of the wealthy upper class, but her spark of character and independent drive prevents her from becoming one of the many women who will succeed in those circles. Though her desire for a comfortable life means that she cannot marry for love without money, her resistance to the rules of the social elite endangers her many marriage proposals.

    Lissa says: "Good book, one suggestion..."
    "Beautiful People with Ugly Interiors"
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    What constraints women lived under in 1905! Edith Wharton didn't take the easy way out in this chronicle of Lily Barth's rise and fall in society, and the horrible way her 'friends' and the men in her life treated her. It puts all those beautiful mansions in Newport and along the Hudson in perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1116)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "Wonderful!!"
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    I really love Louise Penny's books about Armand Gamache, his detectives and the village of Three Pines. The 9th title in the series, it brought a lot of overarching stories to a close. It will be interesting to see where she takes the series next. You must read these in order!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lowland

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (525)

    Born just 15 months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan - charismatic and impulsive - finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.

    Simeen says: "My least favorite of all her work."
    "Disappointing"
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    Perhaps my expectations were too high. I just didn't find Jhumpa Lahiri's new book very engaging or compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (1234)
    Story
    (1245)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Molly-o says: "Don't miss this one"
    "Juliet Stevenson and Elizabeth Gilbert - The Best!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert's new novel. While a little slow at first, once it caught hold of me, I couldn't put it down. In fact I bought both the ebook and the lovely audio version (narrated by one of my favorites, Juliet Stevenson) so that I could keep reading when I got out of the car. A bildungsroman that ranks with the best of John Irving or Charles Dickens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (323)

    Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is at a loss: The daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help - Azhar had never married Angelina, and his name isn't on Hadiyyah's, their daughter's, birth certificate. He has no legal claim. Azhar and Barbara hire a private detective, but the trail goes cold. Azhar is just beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss when Angelina reappears with shocking news: Hadiyyah is missing, kidnapped from an Italian marketplace.

    Ruth Nielsen says: "Not a Fan Anymore!"
    "Great read for Inspector Lynley Fans"
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    Elizabeth George has done it again. She's written another multi-layered and engaging Inspector Lynley novel that explores Barbara Havers' relationship with Taymullah Azhar through the kidnapping of his daughter Hadiyyah. While this crime is solved about midway through the book, George is just getting started. This is one of the best Lynley books, and I can't help but suspect it might be due to her new editor. While long, (it weighs in at more than 700 pages) it's more tightly written than some of her recent books. A great read for ths series' readers (and they must be read in order!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Through the Evil Days: A Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (79)

    On a frigid January night, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson are called to the scene of a raging fire, that quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping. Which is the very last thing Russ needs.... Currently he's struggling with the prospect of impending fatherhood. And his new wife is not at all happy with his proposal for their long-delayed honeymoon: A week in an unelectrified ice-fishing cabin.

    C. Telfair says: "Action, Suspense, Bad Weather!"
    "Julia Spencer Fleming is on a Roll!"
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    This series has been a little uneven for me; but Julia Spencer Fleming really hit her stride with her last novel, 'One Good Soldier', and she continues it with this one. A fast-moving, suspenseful plot (that sometimes goes a little over-the-top) and some satisfying exploration of my favorite relationships make for a real page-turner. Can't wait for the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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