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B. Mccain

Arkansas | Member Since 2009

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  • 6 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Dead End in Norvelt

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jack Gantos
    • Narrated By Jack Gantos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack's way once his mom loans him out to help a fiesty old neighbor with a most unusual chore - typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his town.

    mindy says: "A fun family read (listen)"
    "An incredible book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dead End in Norvelt the most enjoyable?

    Jack Gantos has outdone himself with this delightful memoir about growing up in the 60s in a community of ecentric characters. Having him read the book made it even better. I love Jack Gantos even more now. I was sad when the book was done as I miss the people he introduced us to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1859)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (484)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "Engrossing"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    Rarely has a nonfiction book brought me to tears but Team of Rivals did just that. This wonderful biography has a brilliant perspective on Lincoln's cabinet and his time in office.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1922)
    Performance
    (1761)
    Story
    (1763)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Spine tingling"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Click-Clack the Rattlebag the most enjoyable?

    I shared this marvelous short story with my 4th graders, they really had to think about the ending but they loved it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (11001)
    Performance
    (7014)
    Story
    (7045)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    What an amazing book. I don't read much nonfiction but Laura Hillenbrand does such an amazing job of braiding so many stories seemlessly that her work is hard to put down.
    Inspiring and difficult to hear this is a must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2292)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (378)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    Very informative and easy to follow, yet so much fascinating information! His engaging style finds us unknown as well as familiar heros from our scientific past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (707)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    What a wonderful surprise this book was. The fact that it is based on the author's life made it an incredible read. I do not know if it would have been as powerful to read as hearing his voice but this kind of book can change your life. It should be required reading in our high schools. I laughed, cried and was inspired by this amazing man's story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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