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Rachael

Athens, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 10 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 336 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The Red Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Nancy Travis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    From the town’s founder, a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears, to the young man who runs away to New York City, the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid: a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a neighbor, a woman who meets a fiercely human historical character, a poet who falls in love with a blind man, a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrives.

    Carol says: "pleasant but unfulfilled"
    "Classic Alice Hoffman"
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    This book reflects the qualities that makes Hoffman one of my favorite authors. It has nuances of Blackbird House which marks the unique signature of Hoffman's writing. The characters are strong, and insightful, with human frailties that make them both unique and relatable. The worlds she creates are as if the stories are told by the form of a mountain with omnipresent qualities that watches our worlds come and go with the passage of time. She incorporates the everyday with a subtle hint of the mistical that opens ones heart to the wonders and unknown possibilities of the world around us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1451)
    Performance
    (1263)
    Story
    (1250)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "I Loved This Book!"
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    It is like a beautiful Alaskan fairytale. The writing is beautful and lyrical. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruby Red: Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (387)

    Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who, in the middle of class, takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential.

    betsy says: "Where's the rest?"
    "Awesome!!"
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    This is a great book! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was slightly predictable, but I can't wait 'till the next two! The narration did sound like it was recorded in a tunnel, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lotus Eaters

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tatjana Soli
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (196)

    It's 1975 and the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the city falls into chaos, two lovers make their way across the city to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a devastated country she has come to love. Nguyen Pran Linh, the man who loves her, must deal with his own conflicted loyalties. As they race through the streets, they play out a drama of love and betrayal that began twelve years before.

    A User says: "Best book I've read yet this year"
    "Kristen Potter is remarkable in the novel"
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    Although the story is dark and disturbing, Kristen Potter's narration is like a soothing balm that is full of somber nostalgia.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6221)
    Performance
    (5387)
    Story
    (5381)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Nice Story"
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    It was an okay story. I purchased this based on reviews, but it did not hold up to the hype. Anyone who liked this would try an Ann River Siddons novel.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12119)
    Performance
    (11007)
    Story
    (11033)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "very entertaining"
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    I liked this book. I liked the characters; and I really liked the story. Well done!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10285)
    Performance
    (7729)
    Story
    (7774)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Looking forward to the next installment"
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    I liked this story. It has it's "hokie" moments, but it is a nice story with interesting characters, and a likeable heroine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13225)
    Performance
    (10827)
    Story
    (10949)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "LOVED THIS BOOK!"
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    I loved this book! The story is very engaging . The main character is likeable. The adventures are great. It's a shame it is only a trilogy- I don't want his story to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5383)
    Performance
    (2247)
    Story
    (2262)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "HORRID!!!!"
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    And not in a good way. I'm not uptight about crudeness, but this is perhaps one of the crudest stories I've ever listened to. It seemed cpmpletely out of character from this author. I've read/listened to all his other books and really enjoyed them. So when I saw the poor reviews, I simply thought people were being overly sensitive-WRONG! I could not listen past the part 1 download. What was he thinking?!!!! I wish I could reapply my credit.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Elephant

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    When a fortuneteller’s tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller’s mysterious answer (An elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that Peter can hardly dare to believe it. But it is - all of it - true.

    Lucinda says: "WONDERFUL!"
    "wonderfully magical story"
    Overall

    Kate DiCamillo is a wonderful artist. The world she takes us into is delightful, and each character in the story plays a significant role. The story is touching, heartwarming, and simply magical.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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