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Dawn M. Kasarda

Happy_Dawn

Marana, AZ USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Miracle at Speedy Motors: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (288)

    Mma Ramotswe is busy investigating her latest case: a woman who is looking for her family. The problem is, the woman doesn't know her real name of whether any members of her family are now living. Meanwhile, Phuti Radiphuti has bought Mma Makutsi a glorious new bed. Unfortunately, it will inadvertently cause her several sleepless nights.

    glamazon says: "Not one word too long"
    "simple story telling"
    Overall

    I recommend this latest book in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency Series by Alexander McCall Smith. In this series, the characters are funny and human, without the violence and sex that are so often elements of mystery books. If you are in the mood for a light simple story, this will fill that need. If you are following the series as I am, you'll wonder if Precious Ramotswe's "engaged" assistant detective, Grace Makutsi will ever get married; maybe in the next book. I can't help but want to rush the storyteller! Just like in life, things happen in their own time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Magical Thinking: True Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places.

    Jessica says: "His best yet!"
    "A time I remember"
    Overall

    Magical Thinking is my first exposure to Augusten Burroughs. I enjoyed his chronicle of autobiographical stories, starting from elementary school (where a unexpected event becomes the inputus into a future advertising career; to enact his own revenge) to the present time (sharing his philosophy of the power of "the Baby Jesus" and "the holy cow"); excluding the periods that he focuses on in other books. Burroughs own "magical" thinking makes him ideal in telling these stories, since in my x-generation, people tend to be narcisistic, in addition to lacking a certain degree of emotional intelligence and moral rectitude. Burroughs' perspective is a product of our time; his life stories are wonderfully facinating and kind of pathetic at the same time. I really loved this book. I think other readers who aren't put off by sometimes raw content may be disturbed yet delightfully charmed by Augusten Burroughs' Magical Thinking.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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