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Virginia

OCONOMOWOC, WI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 22 reviews
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  • 697 titles in library
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  • Skywalker: Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bill Walker
    • Narrated By Bill Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Why would a middle-aged businessman who had never even spent the night outdoors, attempt to hike the entire Appalachian Trail? Bill Walker, a former commodities trader in Chicago and London, and an avid walker, had developed a virtual obsession to hike this historic 2,175 mile footpath in one hiking season. In the spring of 2005 he set off from his home state of Georgia, hoping to make it to Mount Katahdin in northern Maine before the arrival of winter.

    E.S. says: "Amateurish"
    "What NOT to do on the AT"
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    I found this humorous, lighthearted. A good example of somebody in their mid life wanting to try a new adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Walker
    • Narrated By Bill Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT )is the perfect place for an average person to do something extraordinary. Bill Walker ("Skywalker"), who stands 6'11", might seem like anything but average. Yet in a brutally honest tone, he lays to bare all his considerable weaknesses and fears. Among these are crushing weight loss and fatigue, along with a fear of getting lost or a bear stealing his food. Nonetheless, he is bound and determined to hike the PCT which - at 2,663 miles - runs all the way from Mexico to Canada.

    Virginia says: "One persons account"
    "One persons account"
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    I found his experience on the PCT interesting. To get another point of view other than Cheryl Strayed's was good. I may now read his account on the AT. Appalachian Trail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27894)
    Performance
    (24676)
    Story
    (24740)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Book > Movie"
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    Thank goodness I read the book before seeing the movie.

    The beginning of the book was a bit slow. As with any great locomotive, once it picked up steam there was no putting the book down. Loved the unexpected twists and turns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2233)
    Performance
    (2037)
    Story
    (2033)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Awesome Bio!!"
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    One of the best autobiographies I have read in a long time.
    Billy Crystal reads this himself. The man is a comic genius. And what a good soul. Married 40+ years and continues to adore his wife.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1240)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1108)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Jen says: "Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way"
    "Good mystery"
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    Based in the 60's of Midwest America it was interesting and brought me back to a simpler time.

    The speaker was very calming to listen to. The story flowed and had unexpected twists that kept me wanting to listen to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Martin Pistorius
    • Narrated By Simon Bubb
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    In January 1988 Martin Pistorius, aged 12, fell inexplicably sick. First he lost his voice and stopped eating. Then he slept constantly and shunned human contact. Doctors were mystified. Within 18 months he was mute and wheelchair bound. Martin's parents were told an unknown degenerative disease left him with the mind of a baby and fewer than two years to live.

    Gillian says: "Emerging From Darkness"
    "Such hope"
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    With great hope, faith and love, it is amazing what the human spirit can endure. To be alive in a body that isn't able to function has got to be such a prison like no other. To try to communicate to others to let them know you are aware ~ left me speechless. Good Book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (10156)
    Performance
    (8103)
    Story
    (8143)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Taken back in time"
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    For a true book lover!!
    This book flowed wonderfully. The speaker was excellent. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left Neglected

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Sarah Paulson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (193)

    Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.

    MissSusie66 says: "Another hit for Lisa Genova"
    "Never heard of this illness"
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    But wow - wonderfully written and performed. Once again reminded of what really matters in our busy lives.
    Time with family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (2087)
    Performance
    (1550)
    Story
    (1551)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "Facing the fear "could this happen to me?""
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    The story was raw. I'm sure we've all had those moments that Alice had. Very surreal to see how the writer played out how people avoid those stricken as tho it were contagious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17579)
    Performance
    (14645)
    Story
    (14641)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Very well written and spoken"
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    Kept a good rhythm of suspense

    A bit like Gone Girl & What Alice Forgot.

    I would recommend this book to a friend!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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