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Phyllis

Bloomington, IN, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2788)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (707)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Terrible ending"
    Overall

    I listened to this book which took quite a long time, and I really enjoyed the story of the dogs and how Edgar taught them to learn sign, and so much of the emotion surrounding this family. I even enjoyed the parts that seemed unreal, like Edgar seeing his father and the old man. In fact, even though it was very long and at times tedious, I liked up it until the very end. I was shocked and horrified at the way the author ended the book. It really ruined it for me and for others I have spoken to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Songs Without Words

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ann Packer
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Liz and Sarabeth were childhood neighbors, brought as close as sisters by the suicide of Sarabeth's mother when the girls were just 16. In the decades that followed - through Liz's marriage and Sarabeth's attempts to make a happy life for herself - their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength. But when Liz's adolescent daughter enters dangerous waters that threaten to engulf the family, the fault lines in the women's friendship are revealed.

    Dianne says: "Depression dissected"
    "Depressing"
    Overall

    I found this book read very slow and was a very depressing picture of a difficult set of circumstances. I also found it rather unrealistic in that no one seemed to be able to communicate with one another.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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