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Mara B.

Champaign, IL USA | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 133 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Matthew Dicks
    • Narrated By Matthew Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear. Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from everyone.

    Taryn says: "A Brilliant Book"
    "Wonderful book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I loved the storyline and thought the narration was perfect--you really feel like Budo is sitting next to you talking to you!

    What other book might you compare Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend to and why?

    It's going to draw obvious comparisons to Room because of the child-like narration and the "child in jeopardy" storyline, but I think Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a quirkier and sweeter book (though not obnoxiously so).

    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved this book, and would recommend listening to it on audio if at all possible--the narration was great! The story is told by Budo, the imaginary friend of eight-year-old Max. Budo has a surprising preoccupation with his own mortality, as he's lived a lot longer than most imaginary friends he's met and has watched some of his closest friends disappear once their children no longer need them. Max's Asperger's Syndrome has led him to continue to rely on Budo for years, but Max's parents and teachers are constantly pushing Max to engage more with the "real" world, and this makes Budo very nervous. He absolutely loves Max and wants the best for him, but is terrified by the prospect of "poofing" out of existence and being forgotten. When Max is placed in extreme jeopardy and seems to need Budo more than ever, Budo faces some VERY tough choices about what to do. The book is incredibly imaginative and Budo's world is peopled with a wide range of memorable friends, both imaginary and real. And it's a tearjerker...I think I cried throughout the entire final hour of the audiobook!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gene Roberts, Hank Klibanoff
    • Narrated By Richard Allen

    Drawing on private correspondence, notes from secret meetings, unpublished articles, and interviews, veteran journalists Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff go behind the headlines and datelines to show how a dedicated cadre of newsmen - first black reporters, then liberal Southern editors, then reporters and photographers from the national press and the broadcast media - revealed to a nation its most shameful shortcomings and propelled its citizens to act.

    Ron says: "A fascinating inside look at history"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Race Beat to be better than the print version?

    The first part of the book is a bit of a slog as an audiobook because there are so many names being listed that it's difficult to keep everyone straight. However, after that initial bit I had no problems--Richard Allen does a great job with the narration and makes a lot of the scenes really come to life with his skillful use of voices.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Race Beat?

    The chapter on the riots at Ole Miss was truly harrowing.

    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book sounded a little dry when I first saw it, but ended up loving it. Definitely worth giving a try if you have an interest in the era!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Overcame my initial doubts!"
    What did you love best about Dust and Shadow?

    I'm always a little dubious about authors being able to get Holmes 'right', but Faye does a great job of capturing not just Holmes but the Holmes/Watson relationship dynamic--they really seem like their canonical selves, despite the extremely grisly case they're working on. She also does a good job of introducing a likable female character who assists with the sleuthing in realistic ways, rather than falling into the trap of introducing a character who's clearly meant to be the female equivalent of Sherlock himself!

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It starts out a little slow but rapidly picks up as Holmes and Watson get more engrossed in the case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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