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Celeste Bartunek

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  • 6 reviews
  • 92 ratings
  • 281 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Katrina Kenison
    • Narrated By Katrina Kenison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    The Gift of an Ordinary Day is an intimate memoir of a family in transition-boys becoming teenagers, careers ending and new ones opening up, an attempt to find a deeper sense of place, and a slower pace, in a small New England town. It is a story of mid-life longings and discoveries, of lessons learned in the search for home and a new sense of purpose, and the bittersweet intensity of life with teenagers--holding on, letting go.

    Sonia says: "slow"
    "Impressive insights"
    Overall

    Beautifully written insights into motherhood. I will breathe in the ordinary days with ease after taking in this book. It is written by a mother who is telling us all to pay attention so we will not miss our children's daily lives. It is the little things that truly matter when we look back on our lives with them. Great book. I would recommend it to all mothers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris, Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, and others
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (542)

    Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

    Patricia says: "Enjoyable Book"
    "Funny, but maybe a bit over the edge."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk again? Why?

    I have listened to all of David Sedaris' books and loved them, but this one would be the last on the list I would recommend. David is so bright, witty, and hilarious in his boldly off-color way, but I cringed too much with this one! I would highly suggest Naked as a first listen and you will be hooked on David after that!
    -Celeste


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Tranquil Light: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bo Caldwell
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (13)

    Will Kiehn is seemingly destined for life as a humble farmer in the Midwest when, having felt a call from God, he travels to the vast North China Plain in the early twentieth century. There he is surprised by love and weds a strong and determined fellow missionary, Katherine. They soon find themselves witnesses to the crumbling of a more than two-thousand-year-old dynasty that plunges the country into decades of civil war.

    Annette Rowe says: "What We're Here For"
    "Powerful Spiritual Resolve"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up City of Tranquil Light in three words, what would they be?

    This was a marvelous account of a missionary couple's powerful spiritual resolve. This was a moving, brilliant, and inspiring story. Thank you, Bo Caldwell for giving us this must-read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katharine - she was a soft and yielding healer and spiritual leader.


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

    Ease in listening.


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

    No. It was more powerful to let it soak in and contemplate the issues brought forth.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4157)
    Performance
    (2691)
    Story
    (2719)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Amazing Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very well written story behind the cell line that managed to weave science and the Lacks family together in a dynamic, engaging fashion. This book is a must-read for all. The research and time that went into this book is appreciated. The author opens the door to many discussions about scientific research and boundaries. Amazing book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18355)
    Performance
    (14172)
    Story
    (14118)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Laugh On"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tina Fey's off-color wit made me laugh out loud. I was a fan from the first page of this book. Just when you think she is getting all meaningful and sappy - she throws out a twisted statement that catches you off guard and sends you into a laughing fit! Wonderful book, Tina Fey. I would recommend this book to all my friends.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7017)
    Performance
    (4973)
    Story
    (4963)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Beautifully written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a must-read. The amount of research and grace that went into constructing this story is astounding. I felt like I knew the characters; like I was present for the wonderous moments they shared and the horror that also ensued. This author did her work and I appreciate her art. This was an amazing book and I would recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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