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  • The Cowboy and the Cossack: A Nancy Pearl's Book Lust Rediscovery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Clair Huffaker
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (160)

    Fifteen Montana cowboys and 500 longhorns are embarking on a one-of-a-kind Wild West adventure: a cattle drive across 1,000 miles of Siberia. The clash of cultures between East and West, American six shooter and Russian saber, begins immediately when a band of Cossacks arrives to escort them to their destination. Cowboys and Cossacks must work together or they’ll never survive the journey, which includes a meeting with the warrior Genghis Kharlagawl and his army of bloodthirsty Tartars.

    Marie says: "A timeless classic"
    "Solid, good story"
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    This story rolls along with sprinklings of philosophy and human interactions sprinkled so unobtrusively and inoffensively sprinkled in. AND it is expertly performed! What a pleasure!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rose of Sarajevo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ayse Kulin, Kenneth Dakan (translator)
    • Narrated By Kathleen Gati
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Nimeta married a responsible man she met in college, had two children, and established a busy journalism career - and there was no reason to think anything would ever change. Then one day, while reporting on a protest in Zagreb, Nimeta’s life takes a dramatic turn. Not only does she lay eyes on a handsome reporter who captures her heart, but a little-known politician by the name of Slobodan Milosevic delivers a speech fanning the flames of long-dormant Serbian nationalism.

    D mcr says: "Recent history presented in the story"
    "Recent history presented in the story"
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    I know people who traveled to Sarajevo during the siege on humanitarian missions. They described the stress and fear suffered by the people who were determined to continue daily lives right through horrendous conditions. There is much history presented here that explains how that particular conflict came about. It is not unlike so many other conflicts in history and in present day wherein two or more factions living in peace are torn apart when inspired by those who want war and dominance. It was good to listen and learn more of the history of what happened in the early nineties and hearing it along with a story spoken through the characters increased the interest. The story is left open which could leave one unsatisfied and perhaps there will be a second novel to complete the story of the character's lives and of the history to the current time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elsie Dinsmore: Book One in the Original Elsie Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Martha Finley
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Elsie Dinsmore is an endearing 8-year-old girl with several bewildering problems. She has never known her mother, who died when Elsie was a baby, and she longs for a close, loving relationship with her father. He, however, has sent her off to be raised at Roselands, his brother's Southern plantation, where her teacher, Miss Day, harshly criticizes her and her cousins tease her relentlessly.

    Jeffrey says: "A Most Excellent Book!"
    "A very GOOD girl who thinks she's naughty in 1867"
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    According to Wikipedia, this book was written in 1867 and thus is more true to the picture of that time than a story written in modern times. Amazingly, the dialogue is often reminiscent of that in early movies three quarters of a century later.
    Elsie very much takes refuge in a thorough rooting in Christian teachings and turns the other cheek as she is obviously wronged often. Her young, inexperienced father returns after years away and treats her sternly since he has been meanly informed she is a "bad" child by his step-mother. It takes long for him to observe more correctly, yet the strictness continues. This is a long series of books and I find it interesting enough to continue.
    Anna Fields is an excellent narrator and performer. She made the characters live.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gay and Melancholy Sound: Book Lust Rediscoveries

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Merle Miller
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Child prodigy Joshua Bland’s life has been anything but bland. Joshua’s father abandons him and his mentally imbalanced mother when he is a young boy, leaving him to be raised by a cynical, hostile, and self-doubting stepfather. When Joshua loses a national knowledge competition, his family’s reaction puts him on the path to becoming a World War II veteran, best-selling author, successful producer, and absentee father.

    D mcr says: "More of a collection of vignettes"
    "More of a collection of vignettes"
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    It was difficult to get into this book because I kept expecting an overall, clearly evident story. Then I relaxed and just started enjoying the wonderful language and descriptions and observations of people and events as a collection of vignettes of Joshua Bland's life. It made all the difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Finisher

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (236)

    Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish, and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for generations. Until Vega's friend Quentin Herms disappears. Quentin leaves Vega a secret message hinting that there's a way out of Wormwood and something extraordinary on the other side.

    John Hopkins says: "An original great from Baldacci!"
    "Surely wish we could give partial star ratings"
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    For me personally, this is more a 3.5 star book simply because I like deeper characters, conversation, and meaning in 4-5 star books. That being said, the fantasy is enjoyable and the mystery intriguing.
    The story presents a very different world with imaginative creatures and customs of its own seeped in mystery. Entwined are current familiar figures of speech with occasionally inserted less used vocabulary words attributed to the main character of very simplistic thinking. I like the words. They just seem out of place. I only smile at such anomalies in a story and don't let it ruin the enjoyment. And it is an enjoyable story that exercises the imagination. Some of the "fight or flight" encounters went on a bit long for me and listening at 1.25 to 1.5 speed did wonders. I liked it better than just O.K. but not quite to the 4 star range.. Ah for those partial stars. I wasn't thinking of going to the next episode…..until the end..and now I just may want to know what happened next. There is an ongoing mystery here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glassblower: The Glassblower Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Petra Durst-Benning, Samuel Willcocks (translator)
    • Narrated By Kristin Watson Heintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (114)

    In the village of Lauscha in Germany, things have been done the same way for centuries. The men blow the glass, and the women decorate and pack it. But when Joost Steinmann passes away unexpectedly one September night, his three daughters must learn to fend for themselves. While feisty Johanna takes a practical approach to looking for work, Ruth follows her heart, aiming to catch the eye of a handsome young villager.

    Jean says: "Fantastic!"
    "Close to a 4.. some lovely images"
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    Books with rich language and images.. I like them. The Glassblower has much of this and yet it is a sprinkling in amongst more simple language that seems to have some too modern phraseology . This may be a result of translation and narration. I suspect this book would be even better read. Still, it is a very enjoyable listen and I do believe I will continue with the series. There is some interesting historical interweaving into the story that has opened my mind to the early world of commerce across oceans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (998)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Patricia says: "I Loved this book!"
    "More than expected"
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    I suspected this would be a light weight teen love story and was still drawn to give it a listen. So Glad I did. The story turned out to be a mystery with depth that explores our human coping mechanisms and the fascinating way simplicity of caring and taking action can help us heal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damage Control: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Denise Hamilton
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    Maggie Silver does her best to scramble up the ladder at an exclusive, high-powered PR firm in Southern California whose clients are movie stars and famous athletes.

    Cynthia Curran says: "Poor narration does affect a book"
    "Speed up narration"
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    The reviews warned of dislike of narration and I understood upon listening. This just isn't a story that plays well with a slow paced, dreamy sort of narration. Using the audible playback speed control in the app to speed up the narration to 1.25X really made a difference for me. The voice was a bit bubbly yet not to distraction. The story is certainly worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flora: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gail Godwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (11)

    Ten-year-old Helen and her summer guardian, Flora, are isolated together in Helen's decaying family house while her father is doing secret war work in Oak Ridge during the final months of World War II. At three Helen lost her mother and the beloved grandmother who raised her has just died. A fiercely imaginative child, Helen is desperate to keep her house intact with all its ghosts and stories. Flora, her late mother's twenty-two-year old first cousin, who cries at the drop of a hat, is ardently determined to do her best for Helen.

    Debra J OConnor says: "One of the few books about "real people."
    "A Summer in the life of a ten year old girl"
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    What did you love best about Flora?

    Self-centered, often unkind Helen we learn has inherited some of her least nice traits. Her summer caretaker, cousin Flora, contrasts those traits. The story flows so believably and easily through the eyes of the child and enhanced by the reminiscence of the adult remembering the child of that summer. Suzanne Toren has so well captured the petulance of Helen as well as the gentleness of Flora.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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