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Mary Lynne Jarvis

Ozark, MO United States

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 32 titles in library
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  • Rise of the Elgen: Michael Vey, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (431)

    Michael was born with special electrical powers - and he’s not the only one. His friend Taylor has them too, and so do other kids around the world. With Michael’s friend Ostin, a techno-genius, they form the Electroclan, an alliance meant to protect them from a powerful group, the growing Order of Elgen, who are out to destroy them. The leader of the Elgen, Dr. Hatch, has kidnapped Michael’s mother, and time is running out. After narrowly escaping an Elgen trap, Ostin’s discovery of bizarre “rat fires” in South America leads the gang to the jungles of Peru.

    FanB14 says: "Good Series for Boys"
    "Exciting but less believable"
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    Would you listen to Rise of the Elgen again? Why?

    No. This book was not as wonderful as the first in the series. It had a little too much gore for my taste. The characters were well developed but when their powers became even greater than they had been in the first book, it made my logical mind wonder how their body, especially Michael's, could survive the extra burden of the power surges. I'll have to say that the narration was amazing. The way the voices would change and the tone would change, made it a really exciting listen.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think that the descriptions were a little too vivid when the rats were devouring their meal. I guess I would have tried to figure out a way to leave more to the imagination. I also was shocked at the ending and would have liked to have this be the last in the series, but I can see that it won't be.


    What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He knew exactly how to use inflection and accents to distinguish between characters and to convey the mood of the story. Excellent narration!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much. We listened to it while traveling and got through it in two long sittings. I looked forward to the second day.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (1381)
    Story
    (1389)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "Valuable look at Depression history in story form"
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    Would you listen to The Grapes of Wrath again? Why?

    No. I couldn't take the sadness and the swearing again, but I'm glad I heard it and got a feel for the Depression.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mother. She was the glue that held all members together through it all.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the way he was able to make his voice and pronunciation sound like the characters he was depicting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2916)
    Performance
    (2562)
    Story
    (2584)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Truly disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have been a Children's Librarian for 30 years and considered J.K. Rowling to be one of the most talented authors ever. Knowing her gift of keeping the reader engaged, I decided to try her adult novel expecting at least something intriguing. Instead it seemed as if a Jr. High kid had just learned a bunch of bad words and wanted to show off his/her new knowledge in the most shocking and distasteful situations. I was disgusted with not only the language but the descriptions of teenage erection, masturbation, and sexual exploits. None of the characters were really likable, so I struggled to listen until something happened that could keep my interest. I really tried. As a professional I consider it unfair to judge a book without reading the whole thing, but I just couldn't force myself to download the 2nd and 3rd portions onto my Ipod. I gave up at the end of the 1st part, so this review is admittedly unfair. If I were to recommend this to a friend, I would definitely lose all respect from that friend. I think sexually curious Jr. High kids would like it a little better than I did, but they, like I, would find it boring. It had nothing to hold the interest of anyone I'm acquainted with.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I would have been embarrassed to have been the narrator and use the expletives so thoroughly. I have no complaints with the job he did. He was appropriately British.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Well, the guy who died at the beginning sounded like a decent individual. Too bad he didn't stick around longer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dick Cavett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (158)

    The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

    Paul says: "Its not the movie but its still good"
    "Pretty much what one would expect"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have never been an aficionado of the movie, but wanted to hear the book to see whether maybe I was missing something. It was okay, but I don't want to listen twice. I would neither recommend nor discourage a friend to read the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Higher Power of Lucky

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Susan Patron
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Lucky, age 10, can't wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice she has.

    Anderman, says: "Great family read"
    "Boring!"
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    What would have made The Higher Power of Lucky better?

    I naturally am drawn to books that have received the Newbery Medal endorsement, which I understood this book to have received, but there was nothing fun, exciting, mysterious, intriguing, or heartwarming about this book. I'm not sure who would like it, but definitely not this retired children's librarian. I want action, emotion, or magic. This had very little of any of that. Maybe a 4th grade girl who hasn't read much of anything else might find some interest here.


    What could Susan Patron have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More intrigue.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    The best part of this was the whole performance of the book's characters.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. The little boy was found and saved. The town rallied around the children. And Lucky found out she had misunderstood what her caregiver intended to do. But it was all so predictable that only a child would not have missed guessing how it would end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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