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Carol

Grand Junction, CO, USA

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  • About Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Anthony Doerr received waves of accolades for his short story collection, The Shell Collector, a New York Times Notable Book, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, and an American Library Association Book of the Year. This is his eagerly anticipated first novel.

    Carol says: "An unusual life story"
    "An unusual life story"
    Overall

    David Winkler spends his life in places and situations that seem extreme contrasts- from Anchorage to Ohio to Caracus and St. Vincent. Water in all its forms is the unifying theme- encompassing childhood wonder, adult concern, distance, danger, scientific investigation and fascination with life in general. I was drawn in by the dreams- but in the end was captured by the lives of each unique character and the challenge of each unique setting. I found the story unpredictable and deep, with connections to the past finding there way into every unusual situation. There is a strong, somewhat unorthodox message about family, friends, and what it means to care about others. A nice mix of science, travel and the complexity of humanity.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • My Life So Far

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Fonda
    • Narrated By Jane Fonda
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    She is one of the most recognizable women of our time. America knows Jane Fonda as an actress and an activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, Fonda reveals that she is so much more. From her youth among Hollywood's elite and her early film career to the challenges and triumphs of her life today, Jane Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths.

    D says: "An Honest Look at One's Life"
    "Interesting perspective"
    Overall

    Listening to Jane Fonda read her own autobiography is a treat. Her perspective of events that are so memorable- whether personal accounts of people we all know of, or events in the news- her story takes us through a tumultuous time. Her defensiveness shows through in the most threatening accounts, but overall she presents a clear narration from her viewpoint and experience. Interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2899)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1079)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Memorable characters and situations"
    Overall

    Smithy takes off on his journey rather awkwardly, to say the least. Getting to know his family and reliving significant lifetime events is yet another journey. Along the way, we meet seemingly unrelated characters in situations that are unexpected and vastly varied. Smithy faces a call for closure, and meets it in all aspects of his life. The narration was simply satisfying- enhancing the experience of the story itself.
    The story becomes nearly unbelievable in spots, and is conspicuously predictable on a large scale- which is why my rating is not a 5

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7124)
    Performance
    (2909)
    Story
    (2920)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Fascinating facts and the stories behind them"
    Overall

    Wonderfully enlightening, pulls together the history and evolution of scientific knowledge on a wide range of topics. Light, yet factual. I particularly appreciated the glimpse into the lives and personalities of the people who have contributed to our understanding of the world around us! Frequent opportunities to relate this to conversations, news and observations every day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2611)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (380)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Spellbinding"
    Overall

    One of the most unique stories I have ever read. I tend to prefer books with a basis in science- Crichton, Cornwell types- and can be critical if facts don't mesh. This story kept me spellbound- with time as a variable, it seemed inevitable that something would seem out of place along the way- but the author is amazing! Her sense of personality development over time, and the complexity of what has and has not happened in the lives of each character at a given moment provides delightful encounters within the story and fascinating revelations for the reader. I was in awe at how time travel wove the story together out-of-order, but so strategicly . . .the significance of each scene is revealed subtly as the story unravels. Only two regrets- the ending seemed hollower than I expected (I suppose life is that way)- I wanted more of a sense that the story continued . . . and I often wished I could refer back to previous chapters - to follow the sequence of events more closely for each character. I highly recommend this book and look forward to more by this talented writer!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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