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H Miner

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  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (716)

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "Interesting Read"
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    We (3 of our family of 4) enjoy books that address non-fiction topics and this book did not disappoint. It is the first Michael Pollan book I have read, but if it had not been designated as one of my book club reads, I would have avoided it due to the narrator. I dislike Scott Brick and, unfortunately, he is a prolific narrator. However, on this book, I found that I could overlook Mr. Brick's whiney nasal tone because of the quality of the writing. Michael Pollan presents the idea that plants, he uses 4 examples, have evolved desirable traits especially for humans for the purpose of increasing the plants chances of survival. Though I was not convinced that plants are in control of us, I did earn some great historical facts. As a gardener myself, I found the author's personal gardening experiences especial appealing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once We Were Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ronald H. Balson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice.

    H Miner says: "Amazing Narration"
    "Amazing Narration"
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    I really enjoyed this novel.The author provided wonderful descriptive and historical details and Fred Berman was tremendous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hopeless

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (354)

    Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

    Jordy says: "Another 5 Star Favorite"
    "Tedious at times"
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    The other five (aged over 60) women in our book club liked the book, but I determined this type of novel (YA) is not for me. I found the teen angst and sexual awakening uninteresting and the snarky exchanges between teen characters annoying. I guessed a good portion of the story in advance and, because the narrator was lackluster and the quality of the production poor, I turned the speed to 2x just to get done with the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2196)
    Performance
    (1561)
    Story
    (1594)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    Jill says: "Heaven is For Real"
    "Pray this ISN'T Real"
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    This book really disturbed me.
    First, if the parents had responded sooner to the boy's illness, he would not have had the hallucinations about heaven. Second, no matter how often the father claimed that he was guiltless in leading the boy to describe "heaven", I can not agree and feel the child was manipulated. Last, when is war, violence and discrimination going to end if not in "heaven"?

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Caleb's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (359)

    In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex....

    Mary Sue says: "Another good entry into fiction!"
    "Terrible Narrator"
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    I gritted my teeth and listened to this book because it was the choice for my book club for April.
    This was the worse narrator for any new or, for that matter, old book in our library. Imagine a - dash - between - each - word and that is how the narrator came across to me. What in the world was the director thinking to allow this? Certainly, people during that time period did not pause in between each word they spoke!

    The story was well done and I strongly suggest that this book be read the old-fashioned way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9895)
    Performance
    (8533)
    Story
    (8551)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "Disappointed..."
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    In anticipation of the HBO production and the release of this book, I re-listened to the first 4 books. Books 1, 2 & 3 were such a pleasure, thanks to Roy Dotrice and the life he brought to the characters. I gritted my teeth through book 4 (had read the paper version the first time) telling myself I could stand it because Dotrice was to be the narrator for book 5. Well, what a huge let down that turned out to be. I echo what so many others have already commented on. Why in the world did Dotrice change the voices for so many critical characters? Argh! Also, though the world R.R. Martin has created is a cruel one, up to now he managed to convey this to the reader without unnecessary crudeness. I think book 5 was crass and, in some cases, offensive. With more of the story to come, I just hope Book 6 is better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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