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Carlsbad, CA, USA

  • 7 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 63 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • My Family and Other Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Gerald Durrell
    • Narrated By Nigel Davenport

    This memoir is soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where Gerald Durrell lived as a boy, surrounded by his eccentric family - as well as puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies.

    T.K. says: "A thoroughly delightful book!"
    "More family, fewer animals - please!"

    A really nicely written and narrated story about an eccentric family, as told by the youngest son. The son is obsessed with animals and at least half the story is comprised of detailed, tedious descriptions of animals. I guess I should have known - seeing as how the title pretty much says it all! Anyway, the family interactions and activities are very fun and entertaining and make up for the less appealing parts.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Boring, boring, boring."

    That's three borings. One for the story, one for the narration and one for the lack of a story. I wanted to listen to this because I heard the movie was very powerful and well done. Obviously this book did not serve as a precursor to the script. There are so many people who "walked into the wild" written about that the listner has a hard time remembering who the book is about. I realize the author is trying to create parallels between all these people but the amount of information shared just doesn't quite bring it together. Also, the narrator is so monotone, perhaps by design, that it's hard to stay engaged. I guess I should have gone to the movie instead.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "The mystery lasts and lasts."

    I still don't really know who was who in this story but it is well written and nice to listen to. As in any mystery, some things that were revealed were not such mysteries at all but others, like I said, still don't know how that all worked. Very enjoyable though and I may just listen again to try to figure out what I obviously missed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nella Last's War: The Second World War Diaries of 'Housewife 49'

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Nella Last
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd

    In September 1939 housewife and mother Nella Last began a regular diary that lasted for 30 years. The account that she left of life during the Second World War is moving, fascinating, and unique. While Nella's younger son joined the army, she and the rest of the family tried to adapt to the transformed rhythms of life in Barrow-in-Furness, which suffered terribly from enemy bombing raids. Writing each day for the "Mass-Observation" project, Nella's diary entries tell a powerful story about the war years.

    Patricia says: "The world needs more Nella Lasts!"
    "Listen before bed."

    Nothing happens in this book but it is an excellent story to listen to before falling asleep. When you wake up and start listening again, you won't have missed a thing! Seriously, I loved listening to this to fall asleep. The narrators voice is so soothing and sweet. Hmm, I'm getting sleepy just thinking about it.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Nanny Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What do you do when you are a nanny to an obscenely rich Park Avenue matron named X? Mrs. X refuses to do anything for herself, including cook, clean, or take care of her 4-year-old son. You are expected to do everything, including maintaining the mental health of said 4-year-old, even while Mrs. X decides that it is time for a divorce. You'll have to bear up under the strain with wit and panache, even as the boundaries between your working life and your so-called private life blur, merge, and disappear.

    Rhonda says: "The Nanny Diaries"
    "Made Me Cringe"

    An entertaining story that would be far less painful to listen to if it weren't true (in theory, anyway). Well written, well read and thought provoking, definitely worth the listener's time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Exceptional Narration"

    The two narrators for this book were exceptional! The story is beautifully written and the readers did a fabulous job bringing the characters to life. I was terribly sad to get to the end - since it really was just the beginning in many ways and I wanted the storytelling to go on.

    It is this kind of exceptional material that is making a place I can't resist!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeanette Walls
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson

    This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her this excellent, unusual book."

    Tracie says: "Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!"
    "Unusual childhood makes for a compelling story."

    The happy parts reminded me of my own childhood. The unhappy parts horrified me! At times, painful to read yet impossible to put down! Jeanette's story confirms that even though we all grow up in different environments, even insanely horrible ones, anyone can succeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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