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Dawn

Deer Harbor, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4206)
    Performance
    (3031)
    Story
    (3030)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "One of my top-10 all time favorites!"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to State of Wonder again? Why?

    I absolutely LOVED this book. It has so many different dimensions and layers. There is the overall story of


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending gave me goose bumps and made me cry. I never saw it coming and I am usually good at seeing where a story line is going. I loved being so completely surprised!


    What about Hope Davis’s performance did you like?

    Hope did a wonderful job with characters and accents. Even with two Americans I could always tell who was speaking by her voice inflection; a skill I think is amazing. Her voice was perfect for this story and I loved listening to her.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't want the story to end; I wanted to keep reading. I feel like these characters have become real to me and I want to know what happens hext!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2545)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1279)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Highly recommended"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I am a huge Bill Bryson fan and have read or listened to many of his other books. I really like his style and I enjoy his voice as a reader. I learned SO MANY things in this book! I found it fascinating to learn how homes (and their people) have evolved over the last several centuries. So many of the modern conveniences that we take for granted (hot water, indoor plumbing, beds without lice, clothes that don't threaten to kill you) are relatively recent innovations. There are so many topics here - diseases, childbirth, clothing, child labor laws, furniture, architecture - you name it. I think Bryson did a brilliant job (and lots of research) to make each story fascinating and relevant. It gave me a great perspective on how good we really have it! Highly recommend it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (2434)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (733)

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I LOVED this book. I am huge fan of historical fiction and this was a wonderful combination of current science/technology/suspense with historical action. I had a hard time walking away from it and wanted to keep listening! The narrator did a great job, which is really important to me. I was fascinated by Crichton's statements about technology, as well as about our misperceptions about history and the Middle Ages. The discussion about risk and "educated guesses" in science was very well done. I enjoyed all the characters and the suspense involved in weaving the story. Highly recommend this book!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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