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Vi Ann Beadle

LAS CRUCES, NM, US | Member Since 2011

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  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (893)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Tony says: "MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!"
    "A great story and performance"
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    I've been a fan of Louise Erdrich for years and this is my first listen to her work. This is the best kind of fiction to listen to since it is written in first person narrative form. Her writing is wonderful and Gary Farmer's narration perfectly voiced to a suddenly maturing Native American boy. I usually listen to books in 30 minute spurts but listened to this in 3 hour sessions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scent of Rain and Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nancy Pickard
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    Written with the wisdom and grace devoted readers have come to expect from the award-winning author of The Virgin of Small Plains, here is a brilliantly moving tale of family, murder, and redemptive love.

    Gretchen Lord Anderson says: "Really good book; poorly chosen narrator"
    "suspenseful with unusual narrative structure"
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    This is a good story alternating between the past and present in major segments. It's highly descriptive and provides a realistic view of what it's like to live in western Kansas. I found the narrator's efforts to distinguish speakers annoying, especially the accent used for the young farm hands.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1446)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1309)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Rachel writes like her show on MSNBC"
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    This is a good overview of the decline of the power of the military within the US over the last 30 or so years. Rachel Maddow makes a very cogent argument that the George W. Bush administration usurped any power that the military leaders had exercised in the post-Vietnam era in defining war and conducting it.

    What I like most about this book is that it sounds like Maddow's show on MSNBC. The fact that she is the narrator of her own work makes this a great listen. I love the smart and snarky attitude.

    Cheney supporters will absolutely hate this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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