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Arcadia, FL, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 136 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Good Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a symposium on peace are being held captive by armed terrorists. Laghari, a deeply religious woman as well as a Jungian psychologist, has become the de facto leader of the kidnapped group. While her son, Theo, an ex-Delta soldier, uses his military connections to find and free the victims, Sonia Laghari tries to keep them all alive by working her way into the kidnappers’ psyches and interpreting their dreams.

    Mary Shore says: "A very smart thriller, very well read."
    "And your mother did what???"

    after reading several books re arabic stories which try to explain cultural differences, I wasn't sure I wanted to read another one, however this story is very entertaning and keeps the reader interested in what happens next. the story seems to have insight into the ailenation sometimes experienced by children raised in two very different cultures. the mother character may be an offshoot of the ancient chinese curse paraphrased into "May you have an interesting mother." the ending is a bit of fantasy but who is say that fiction cannot do that , certainly not me. I recommend it a worth the time for the story and the charactersd.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

    John says: "Engrossing, Rich and Powerful"
    "Great story and performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Shadow Country the most enjoyable?

    As a native Floridian living in southwest Florida (Arcadia) I grew up knowing about the myths of this story. The book brought insight into the story. I loved the performance of the characters, they are as near to my memories as possible of the stories told by old "crackers" in my family and older acquaintences. The voices take me back and are so authentic I find myself halfway trying to identify someone they sound like.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Country?

    I think there are two outstanding moments, one is of course, the shooring of Watson by the god fearin' citizens and the other is the confessiion and death of Henry Short.

    Which character – as performed by Anthony Heald – was your favorite?

    My favorite character is Luke.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tough times don't last. Tough people do.

    Any additional comments?

    Florida has always been a tough place to survive in spite of it's sort of "paradise" reputation.
    If you take time to look at the stats on poverty disease and education, you will realize it is more third world than paradise. The hurricane description in the book is very true. The people who originally settled here tried very hard to make a living any way they could. I am sorry they wasted so many animals and scarce resources but I understand why they did. It was a matter of survival.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "I thought I knew all about Viet Nam"

    I had two brothers and many friends who served in Viet Nam and over the years I thought I understood the war and the politics involved. However I found thid story gave me an entirely different view of the war and some of the true victims, our own soldiers. I will try to persuade my brother to look at the novel but he usually chooses not to discuss his experiences or read about other's intrepretations of it. The novel was well done. It gives a feeling for the complicated emotions and daily lives of the grunts who tried to carry out the objectives of the day for the war. Excellent story - even can be read by girls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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