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Clare

Author of romance and women's fiction, violinist and horse trainer.

Broomfield, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 108 titles in library
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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3379)
    Performance
    (2397)
    Story
    (2402)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Not for the faint of heart"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Potato Factory to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print version.


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

    Excellent reader. He portrays the various characters well.


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

    I read quite a bit of historical fiction, but this is such a violent story, I'm not sure I'm actually glad to have read it. Not that it isn't good. It's well done. But some of the descriptions I wish I could expunge from my memory. I could have lived the rest of my life without the particularly graphic and violent visuals this author is so proficient at writing.
    I'm not naive and I am pretty tough minded, but beware. The pictures this author paints are not easily forgotten.
    I did feel the ending gave enough hope to make me want to read more of this series, but it's going to be a while.


    38 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6492)
    Performance
    (5740)
    Story
    (5790)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Interesting but you are in for a long haul!"
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    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like Stephen King and figured I had best read the "classic." Long and philosophical in King's way but I enjoyed listening. I live just outside the city of Boulder, so hearing about local places (some gone since this book is quite old) was fun. I must admit I fell asleep during a few chapters but I was tired and the narrator's voice was soothing..:)
    Worth your while if you like King.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am interested in pandemics, so the spread of the influenza was interesting. For me, the book could have been just about that.


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

    He was good at all the character voices and easy to understand.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29603)
    Performance
    (22745)
    Story
    (22912)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Must read!"
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    If you could sum up Catching Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, romantic, triumphant.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard not to love Peeta. He reminds me of my husband. He's so loving and honest, says what he feels and doesn't make excuses.


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've not heard this reader before. She does a fine job.


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

    I wanted to know what would happen in the next book. As an author myself, I know how hard it is to keep pace and interest through a series. I was interested from a writer's point of view what she would do with the last book in this trilogy. You will have to read it to find out because I won't tell.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth the time. Easier to listen to this series than to read as a book. I read the last one and now wish I had listened to it instead. Because of the first person point of view throughout the series, the stream of consciousness style is a bit hard to read, but as an audio book, it works well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34855)
    Performance
    (25934)
    Story
    (26302)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Worth the time"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    Ii enjoyed this story enough to buy the sequel. It is not great literary writing, but a very good story. I thought the narrator did a fine job. I'm not sure why so many listeners did not like her. The plot is thought provoking but not preachy.


    What other book might you compare The Hunger Games to and why?

    This is not heavy listening. Because it is intended for young adults, I think the writer aimed the style and vocabulary at a particular education level. It is not in the category of a novel like Cutting for Stone, for example. Still, I didn't feel the writer dumbs it down at all. It's just not a big mental work out. That's okay sometimes.


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

    She did a good job with it.


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

    It took me a few days but not because it wasn't compelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Hingson, Susy Flory
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (237)

    On the 78th floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one knew what had just happened at 8:46 a.m. that morning, September 11, 2001. Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They were a team....

    Reader says: "Good but too broad"
    "Enjoyable read"
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    Would you listen to Thunder Dog again? Why?

    I might read Thunder Dog again but would skip the last bits. The story fizzles out toward the end. Yes, they get out of the building and that is exciting and very thought provoking, but the last several chapters are repetitive.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Hingson and Susy Flory ? Why or why not?

    This seems to be Higson's story. I don't know what else he could say about growing up blind or his relationship with his dog.


    What about Christopher Prince’s performance did you like?

    His reading in non-intrusive and his voice is pleasant.


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

    Why would anyone make a film of this book?


    Any additional comments?

    I did recommend this book to several friends who I know love dogs. It made me wonder if I could raise a puppy for such a purpose. I'd read more books like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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