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Patricia

Jamestown, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Widower's Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    In a historic farmhouse outside Boston, seventy-year-old Percy Darling is settling happily into retirement; his grandson, Robert, has long assumed he will follow in the footsteps of his mother, a prominent physician; Ira, a gay teacher at the preschool in Percy's barn, and Celestino, a Guatemalan gardener who works for Percy’s neighbor, each one striving to overcome a sense of personal exile. Choices made by all four men, collide forcefully on one lovely spring evening, upending everyone’s lives, but none more radically than Percy’s.

    Jon says: "Great performance, great writing, wonderful story"
    "Characters I Liked"
    Overall

    Julia Glass is a really fine writer and Mark Bramhall is a superb narrator. He nailed the voice of Percy Darling, the widower in the tale, as well as a range of other voices, the next best of which was a Guatemalan character, Celestino.

    Glass weaves a tight tale, that encompasses multiple generations and perspectives, ranging from pre-school, immigration, and gentrification issues, to name a few. In other words, Glass is in touch with contemporary issues and manages to address them in a totally delightful story.

    I was discussing books with a friend the other day, and we each admitted that we have trouble these days reading stories about painful issues, the Holocaust, war, racism, abuse, and terror. Sometimes we simply want to read a good story, well-written and meaningful but not horrific. That's a fine description of The Widower's Tale which I was sorry to finish. I wanted to stay with these characters; they were people I liked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (151)

    Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills. And it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers the best of "Dear Sugar" in one place and includes never-before-published columns.

    Melinda says: "A Spoonful of Sugar"
    "Delicious Spoonfuls of Sugar"
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    After listening to several intense books, I wanted something inspirational. I loved "Wild" and knew that Strayed could inspire, but I wondered how well an advice column would work in audio-format. Turned out to be a bit like a podcast, and I got what I wanted in terms of inspiration. Strayed's thoughtful, narrative essay responses knocked my socks off again and again. Just how did she get so smart and savvy? The answer to that question is in the stories she embeds in each response. Life well lived made her "Sugar." And though some of the entries were way more intense than I anticipated or was looking for, Cheryl turned every query and every response into a tiny beautiful thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of Many Ways

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (182)

    A girl named Charmain must inhabit her ailing great-uncle's time-traveling home full of magical belongings. As Charmain begins a journey of amazing discoveries, she comes to the attention of the powerful sorceress Sophie and an elusive wizard named Howl.

    Kelly says: "Great Companion Book"
    "Pure Delight"
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    Any additional comments?

    Everything about Howl's Moving Castle was pure delight. The narrator was fine, assuming unique voices for each character and maintaining them consistently throughout the tale. I loved the voice she gave to Howl. One of my favorite scenes was when Michael and Sophie were engaged with a talkative witch who was going on and on. Jones captures the moment realistically and humorously, portraying how it goes when one can't extricate oneself from a talkative person. There were moments like this throughout the book that made this fantasy ever so real in terms of human interaction. I spent the whole time driving with a smile on my face as I listened to this book. I was so enamored that I've been unable to listen to a new books since--though I've tried several. So I decided to simply surrender and listen to the sequel, Castle in the Air, which sucked me right back into Diana Wynne Jones' imaginative world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Wynne Jones
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (1134)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (904)

    A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and ALA Notable and Best of the Year in Young Adult Fiction, Howl's Moving Castle is by acclaimed fantasy writer Diane Wynne Jones amd was transformed into an Academy Award nominated animated motion picture by Hayao Miyazaki. On a rare venture out from her step-mother's hat shop, Sophie attracts the attention of a witch, who casts a terrible spell transforming the young girl into an old crone.

    Elisa says: "Howl's Moving Castle is Amazing!"
    "Kept a smile on my face"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Howl's Moving Castle to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but the narration of this book is so spectacular, I imagine the audio edition might be at the very least more fun than the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophie, of course. Her rapid transition from young girl to old woman is testament to Diana Wynne Jones' talent. Listeners can hear the young girl while feeling the old woman. It was terrific (says this 64 year old woman).


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Sterlin – was your favorite?

    Jenny Sterlin's rendition of Howl was my favorite. She assumed a voice that was distinctive and representative of the self-centered wizard who at his core was quite the compassionate. I heardSterlin's version of Howl's voice long after the story ended.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    One of my favorite scenes was when Michael and Sophie were engaged with a talkative witch who was going on and on. Jones captures the moment realistically and humorously portraying how it goes when one can't extricate oneself from a talkative person. There were moments like this throughout the book that made this fantasy ever so real in terms of human interaction.


    Any additional comments?

    I spent a solid week driving with a smile on my face as I listened to this book. And I did something I've never done before . . . when I finished, I found I couldn't settle into any of the books I had in my audio queue, so I bought and downloaded the sequel, Castle in the Air.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2959)
    Performance
    (2598)
    Story
    (2602)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "Memoir at its best"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wild is an example of memoir at its best because of the emotional experience woven into the challenges of the hike.A good book for me is one that keeps me thinking about the story and/or the writing even when I've turned off my listening device. It's a book I dream about. . . one that relates to my own experience but also helps me better understand my own life. And it's a book that makes me re-examine choices or make decisions about things I'm doing or going to do. Wild does all of this.

    This is a book I'm compelled to encourage others to read because I want to talk about the writing, the story, and what it made me think.

    Bernadette Dunne does a fine job of reading the text, shifting tone to meet the moment, be it fear, enthusiasm, grief, or sexy. She was a convincing narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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