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C. Theimer

Ohio | Member Since 2007

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  • 8 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 485 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joel Salatin
    • Narrated By Joel Salatin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (413)

    From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love.

    Erin says: "Sometimes preachy, but informative"
    "An important book"
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    This is easy to listen to, and it opens the conversation on many issues that we, as a nation, need to consider. We are under a frightening number of restrictions on what we are allowed to buy, sell, or eat, and that needs to be changed.

    The author argues from the point of view of a small farmer and shows how things are organized in favor of the "big guys" who probably don't have our best interests at heart. It's really eye-opening.

    There are a few areas where I really wanted someone to debate him, to see all sides of certain issues, but this book is a good place to start to study the problem of getting good, healthy food in a way that is also good for the planet.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • House of Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Woody Guthrie
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Douglas Brinkley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Tike and Ella May Hamlin struggle to plant roots in the arid land of the Texas Panhandle. Living in a wooden shack, Tike yearns for a sturdy house that will protect them from the treacherous elements. He has the know-how to build a structure made from the land itself - a house of earth. Though they are one with the farm and with each other, the land on which Tike and Ella May live and work is not theirs. Thanks to larger forces, their adobe house remains painfully out of reach.

    Melinda says: "The Dustbowl Balladeer"
    "I didn't finish the book"
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    Story

    I liked the introduction, and the reading was very well done and appropriate to the story. Unfortunately, I wasn't far into the book before it really became more porn than story. It's too bad, really, because I suspect that if this hadn't prevented me from listening any further, I might have enjoyed the story itself.

    I'm sure others would not have a problem with it, but it's not my cup of tea.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mighty Miss Malone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    "We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great Depression hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men.

    C. Theimer says: "Christopher Paul Curtis has done it again"
    "Christopher Paul Curtis has done it again"
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    This was a very moving piece of historical fiction, set in the time of the Great Depression. It focuses on a bright young woman entering her teens, and the struggle of her loving family to hold itself together, despite poverty, racism, and health problems they could not afford to address.
    I'd recommend it for both young and old audiences.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Emerald Atlas: Books of Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Stephens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (519)

    Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now. Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world....

    Stacey says: "Fantastic addicting fantasy"
    "I loved it!"
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    This isn't the kind of book I normally read, but somehow it caught my eye, and I'm glad it did. I enjoyed the humor of the childrens' relationships with each other, knowing that they loved each other deeply. I thought th narrator was perfect for this book.

    It's the kind of book you listen to over and over again, just because it's so well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Place on Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Wendell Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    The rhythms of this novel are the rhythms of the land. A Place on Earth resonates with variations played on themes of change; looping transitions from war into peace, winter into spring, browning flood destruction into greening fields, absence into presence, lost into found.

    Molly-o says: "Oh my, what a great book"
    "Beautifully done, but sad"
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    Thsi book was well written, for sure. I loved the characterization and there were places where I laughed out loud. The description of a simple farming town make it well worth reading. But there's no getting around the fact that it is grim, a tale of loss upon loss and how good people cope with those losses. For that reason, I could barely get through it.

    The narrator is excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Runners - 31 Stories on Starting Out, Running Therapy and Camaraderie

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark, Dean Karnazes, and others
    • Narrated By Christina Traister, Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    When runners aren't running, they are talking about running, planning their next run, shopping for running. This book contains stories from runners, telling their stories to other runners about. running — how it has changed their lives, their bodies, and their spirits. Runners will love these inspirational stories of fellow runners challenging themselves, recovering from injuries, and staying motivated.

    Burt Schwartz says: "Not particularly inspiring, mostly boring."
    "Kind of disappointing"
    Overall

    I was kind of disapointed in this book, because I have liked most of the Chicken Soup books. I just thought these stories tended to be more predictable than inspiring. I did like the story about running with geezers and the one about the blind runner's guide, though. They gave me a little bit of a different perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bud, Not Buddy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By James Avery
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal winner, is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression.

    Amazon Customer says: "Loved this story!"
    "A fun read"
    Overall

    This was a fun book, much better than I expected. I actually laughed and cried out loud, which I rarely do with audiobooks.

    The mystery part was not hard to solve, but then it IS supposed to a a children's book.

    It gave me a feel for a part of history that I hadn't thought much about. I especially liked the author's comments at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas Cathcart, Daniel Klein
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, longtime philosophers and comedians, present Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, an entertaining, enlightening, and engaging guide to the love of wisdom. With their combined knowledge, wit, and whimsy, the authors provide a book that can be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone, from the curious layman to the most well-versed professor of Nicomachean Ethics.

    Mark says: "Had fun and learned a few things!"
    "Not impressive"
    Overall

    I am thoroughly unimpressed. This was neither good humor nor a good explanation of philosophical ideas.

    Although I expected an atheistic viewpoint from a work on philosophy, I was not ready for the crude blasphemy of some of these "jokes". I wasn't able to listen to the book all the way through because of this. But I really didn't want to anyway. It was pretty boring.

    If I were to teach a course on philosophy, I would certainly use humor. But I hope I'd do a better job of it than this book did.

    32 of 61 people found this review helpful

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