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Damon

CROSSETT, AR, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 225 titles in library
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  • The Martian Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (161)

    In lyrical prose, Bradbury describes the decline of the mysterious and fragile Martian civilization, overwhelmed by the human newcomers. Bradbury reads these tales of common people - families, truck-stop owners, priests - who confront a new world with their human pride, fears, tenderness, and greed intact. And at the heart of each story lies the basic conflict between man's search for new frontiers and his irresistible urge for the comfort of the past.

    Karen says: "Wonderful!"
    "Excellent Sci Fi!"
    Overall

    I read this as a teenager and I loved it then...to hear now Bradbury read and comment between chapters was a wonderful experience...nostalgia blended with discovery. I recommend this to any sci fi reader or anyone else, for that matter. Thoroughly loved this listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10609)
    Performance
    (5844)
    Story
    (5887)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Fantastic...so excited about movie coming out."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Life of Pi in three words, what would they be?

    I listened to this audible book in 2003. It was probably my fifth book to listen to, and it became one of my all time favorites. The pace is surprisingly great with a tension line that runs throughout the development of the characters in that big open sea. Great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The tiger was my favorite character. He was so central to the story movement.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Flying fish scene.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did cry. Tears came to my eyes at the end of the book, not at any particular moment, just a gratefulness for the deepness of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tallgrass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Sandra Dallas
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (98)

    During World War II, a family's life is turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the "interlopers", the "strangers". Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned 13 and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair.

    Laurie says: "A nice read"
    "Close to home..."
    Overall

    With an internment camp just about 60 miles away from us in Arkansas, and the history of it so familiar here, this was a special treat to us. We loved this novel because it opened the lives up in the history of places like this. A great story and slightly different from some of her other novels...this one was close to home in time and geography, and also in comparison to issues today with cultural stigmas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prayers for Sale

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sandra Dallas
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    Hennie Comfort is 86 and has lived in the mountains of Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado. Nit Spindle is just 17 and newly married. She and her husband have just moved to the high country in search of work. It's 1936 and the depression has ravaged the country and Nit and her husband have suffered greatly. Hennie notices the young woman loitering near the old sign outside of her house that promises "Prayers For Sale".

    Kathy says: "Great book"
    "Absolutely classic story..."
    Overall

    This was our first Sandra Dallas novel, and what a good one to discover her with. This time and place was and especially poignant place to depict the development--from scratch--of a rich relationship being built piece by piece. We loved it and have listened to more of her works. Great story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alice's Tulips

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Sandra Dallas
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Best-selling author Sandra Dallas has won rave reviews for this tale set during the Civil War. When Alice Bullock's husband joins the Union Army, the young quilting enthusiast is left to deal with an Iowa farm and an imposing mother-in-law. And then her life turns upside down when she's accused of murder.

    Damon says: "Our favorite yet from Sandra Dallas!"
    "Our favorite yet from Sandra Dallas!"
    Overall

    This was especially great...our second Sandra Dallas, and we loved it. The relationship between the characters was the star here, and that is what we like...not so much the characters themselves, but the connections. Well, saying that, I now think back on Prayers for Sale....the same solid substance was there too, the building of a strong and rich relationship among the events and the times and the culture of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1301)
    Performance
    (719)
    Story
    (728)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Loved this...I hope his others are as good!"
    Overall

    Liked this novel...just right on for southern Mississippi. I guess our familiarity with the issues, the time, the culture made this such a winner for us. We will listen to more....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • New Mercies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sandra Dallas
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Sandra Dallas, best-selling author of The Persian Pickle Club, weaves an intricate and sophisticated tale in New Mercies. Nora Bondurant is divorced— unfathomable for a woman in 1933—and has inherited a house from a dead aunt she never even knew existed. But when she travels to Mississippi to claim her inheritance, she finds her eccentric neighbors would rather help her acquire a new husband than reveal the secrets surrounding her aunt’s death.

    Sharon says: "Loved it!"
    "Good, but not her best..."
    Overall

    We loved Sandra Dallas when we discovered her with Prayers for Sale. Then Tall Grass...both exceptional in our opinion. This one was okay...we liked the unfolding of the character's secrets...but they opened up so gradually we failed to feel the "grab" we felt in the other novels. But, worth listening to. It was harder to place this in the historic timeframe for me also...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (457)

    Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

    Kathryn says: "A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE""
    "One of our best listens...."
    Overall

    We've been listening for a while. This rates up among our favorites....we like the first person narrative and Jeannette Walls' voice is right on target, as is her soul in this history of her grandmother and mother. We loved the book and have purchased and downloaded The Glass Castle also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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