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Lakeville, MN, United States

  • 3 reviews
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  • 190 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Tinkers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Paul Harding
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in his living room, he sees the walls around him begin to collapse, the windows come loose from their sashes, and the ceiling plaster fall off in great chunks, showering him with a lifetime of debris: newspaper clippings, old photographs, wool jackets, rusty tools, and the mangled brass works of antique clocks. Soon, the clouds from the sky above plummet down on top of him, followed by the stars, till the black night covers him like a shroud. He is hallucinating.

    Joanne says: "Unique but valuable read"
    "Unique but valuable read"

    I am glad I read this book, despite some of the posted reviews. True, the book is not "action" as some award books are. It is a psychological piece dealing with secrets, families and the passage of time.

    The book is best read as a multi-genre "experience," and it has aspects of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. It also employs occasional stream of consciousness and shifting characters. I read the book hard copy as I listened, which helped. This could be a confusing book to "get" if you only have the audio file.

    But the book is dreamy and intense, and reveals about human relationships by portraying them as foggy and obscure. A sad book overall, but optimistic, too. I liked it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Eric Idle

    Last seen flying through the sky in a giant elevator in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket is back for another adventure. When the giant elevator picks up speed, Charlie, Willy Wonka, and the gang are sent hurtling through space and time. Visiting the world's first space hotel, battling the dreaded Vermicious Knids, and saving the world are only a few stops along this remarkable, intergalactic joyride.

    Christopher says: "A delicious sequel"
    "More to the Charlie books than just fun"

    Excellent narration.
    Roald Dahl may well have planned at least one more book in the Charlie series, which he never wrote, so it's hard to fairly judge the existing two without it. This may explain why the Elevator book lacks a nice, tidy storyline. Lots of questions are still unresolved at the end.
    Still this book works for upper elementary and middle school students, who like a zany story where anything can happen, but who want to learn about broader content, and Elevator talks about negative numbers and the American political and economic system. This sounds dry, but Dahl presents it in a fun way, and brings up ethical ideas, such as whether Mr. Wonka's treatment of the Oompa Loompas amounts to slavery, or whether he's merely helping them earn an honest living.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mythmaker: The Story of J.K. Rowling, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Amy Sickels
    • Narrated By Kate Reading

    This brief introduction to the life of J.K. Rowling is perfect for all ages and describes the writing career of one of the most popular authors of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Her books about Harry Potter's adventures are widely read by adults and children alike and have been translated into more than 64 languages. With the completion of the seven-book series, Rowling's popularity is at an all-time high. But Rowling didn't start out famous.

    Cococom says: "Nice Summary of Rowling's Harry Potter Phenom"
    "Not for a kid audience, but not for adults either"

    Perhaps any group of 9-year-old Potter fans can give an adult a more interesting and animated discussion of Harry Potter than this audio book. In fact, perhaps any nursing home resident can give a more rousing discussion of any subject under the sun than this audio book. So skip the purchase, go talk with an Alzheimer's sufferer for two hours, and both you and the octogenarian will be better off.

    The narration is dry and uncompelling. The content is random, disorganized and seemingly more secondhand than fact. And there are also long stretches of plot summary for no reason, making the whole thing feel like an attempt at Cliff's Notes.

    And for a second edition and new audio release, there were some glaring omissions, most notably the rise of Potter merchandise, the Harry Potter theme park in Florida, Potter fan fiction on the web, and lawsuits over copyright infringement.

    Granted, it would be hard to write a thorough biography on someone who is as private as Rowling, but there are numerous books about the cultural and literary impact of Harry Potter. This information could have been used to make a more substantial overview for adult readers than what's here.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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