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N. Picard

Manvel, Texas USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 133 titles in library
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  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (417)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Lynn says: "Authentic and Compelling"
    "Story addresses a difficult age and topic"
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    If you could sum up Tell the Wolves I’m Home in three words, what would they be?

    masterful teenage perspective


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book so perfectly captured the teenage reaction to a new disease in the world that affected the family personally. The relationships, conversations, feelings, and story overall were very believable.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1334)
    Performance
    (1165)
    Story
    (1152)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Lovely Fable"
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    Where does The Snow Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The voices bring the characters to life. The story straddles being a magical fable and a seemingly true account of early homesteaders in Alaska.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the snow girl is gone and the child appears.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2704)
    Performance
    (2280)
    Story
    (2284)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Loved the story and narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story was appropriately centered in history without being so mired in the details that the story and character development suffered.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Byron because he struggled to be his own person in the midst of a war and family that required walking the line.


    What does Kevin Pariseau bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His various accents for the characters really brought them to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5563)
    Performance
    (4778)
    Story
    (4789)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "Sherlock Holmes does it again!"
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    What did you love best about The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle?

    The classic Sherlock Holmes way of solving a mystery using common sense.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator and clever way the story is told.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3018)
    Performance
    (2595)
    Story
    (2607)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Magnificent story with unexpected ending"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Secret Keeper the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's voice brought this story to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns kept me engaged and wowed to the very end.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ms. Lee's narration was wonderful. It was nice to have a British narrator for the book considering its setting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (786)

    Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

    Fulfillment and Exuberance says: "Love Brene Brown, didn't like the narrator"
    "Brene Brown at her best"
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    What made the experience of listening to Daring Greatly the most enjoyable?

    I love Brene Brown's perspective. She is encouraging without being trite.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Daring Greatly?

    The parenting guidance most resonated with me.


    What does Karen White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having seen Brene Brown speak in person, I didn't like Karen White's performance because she doesn't seem to bring the same energy and humor to the topic.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Daring Greatly?

    Parenting tips and ideas for setting boundaries.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1266)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (979)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Great look into a WWII story"
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    What did you love best about Lost in Shangri-La?

    The human interest story not only of the people who survived the crash, but also the natives who were "discovered."


    What did you like best about this story?

    The explanation of miscommunications was fascinating.


    Which character – as performed by Mitchell Zuckoff – was your favorite?

    all three crash survivors: John McCollum, Kenneth Decker and Margaret Hastings - for their bravery and outlook.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The story is so compelling - both extremely sad and funny at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Olive Kitteridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (408)

    At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

    BeckyC says: "Absorbing collection of linked stories"
    "Character as common thread for short stories"
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    Where does Olive Kitteridge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narrator did a good job of potraying several characters and their personalities through the different voices she used in narrating the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Olive Kitteredge is a common thread through almost all of the short stories.


    What does Sandra Burr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Different voices to express tones/feelings


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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