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Cleveland, TN, USA

  • 5 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 169 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Lay of the Land: Frank Bascombe, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that, 10 years later, after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, was hailed by The Times of London as "an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the 20th century itself." Now, a decade later, Frank Bascombe returns, with a new lease on life (and real estate), and more acutely in thrall to life's endless complexities than ever before.

    Daniel says: "Richard Ford, get out of my mind!"
    "Richard Ford, get out of my mind!"

    Richard Ford has written one of those books that make you believe he has been reading your mind for years. If you are a middle-aged suburban man, Frank Bascome is as real as the guy you see in the mirror every morning. We have the tendency to think our personal experience is unique, but a good author that so perfectly recreates your experience can let you see how universal life's story's are. I find it liberating and humorous to realize my situation is not as unique as I thought, hearing another man struggle with the same questions puts my fears and doubts in perspective.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

    Sarah says: "Gripping despite the minutiae"
    "Outstanding narrator"

    Adams Morgan is an amazing narrator, who gives distinctive voices to each of the many characters, with believable accents and palpable emotions. I will look for other works read by him.

    I was surprised to find so much humor and satire in the book I've always avoided due to its reputation of being the "greatest American novel" and the dread of many students of literature. Melville repeatedly pokes fun at our human weaknesses and prejudices, making me laugh throughout the reading.

    The book is written in language reminisent of Shakespeare: poetic, powerful prose that begs to be reheard. My only regret is that by listening, I was unable to underline the most memorable sentences for future reference. A book of quotations could be filled with the many profound and witty statements in Moby Dick.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Wish You Well

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Norma Lana

    Best selling author David Baldacci brings all his brilliant character-building skills to bear in Wish You Well, a literary coming-of-age tale set in Baldacci's native Virginia. Publishers Weekly calls it "his best novel utterly captivating drama" that offers "bone-deep emotional truth."

    Carol L. Riegel says: "Excellent Book"

    This is a good, predictable, entertaining story, but not a great story. It is very sentimental, kind of like "The Waltons" with more tragedy. I am from the Appalachian region and noted several inaccuracies in the extensive descriptive narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This American Life: 81 Words

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By This American Life

    For decades, the entry on "Sexual Deviations" in the official manual of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) contained 81 words. For decades, homosexuality was included in the definition. We devote this week's entire program to the untold story of the behind-the-scenes campaign to change the definition. It's a story of intrigue and suspense.

    Stephen says: "Amazing research and balance"
    "Living history, facinating!"

    This is one of my all time favorite episodes. History, told by an eyewitness who can give an insider's point of view, can be more entertaining than the best fiction.

    This story of how the American Psychiatric Assocication changed it's classification of homosexuality is told by the grandaughter of a former president of the APA and features interviews with some of the key players on each side of the debate. It is full of intrigue and suspense as the "young turks" infiltrate and take over the leadership of the powerful organization that dictates the definitions of what is disease, and consequently, what is "normal" in the human mind.

    I respect the opinion of the negative reviewer, that this version may be biased, and there is undoubtedly more to this story which deserves to be heard. But history is always made up of multiple points of view, and this one is worthy of hearing.

    1 of 1 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

    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"
    "Wow! Life's great questions in a great story."

    To cover many of life's persistant questions (love and joy vs cruelty and fear, life vs death, the existance of God, faith and religion vs science and rationality, reality vs illusion) in a great tale of survival at sea is a remarkable feat. Along with all these deep thoughts is included facinating lessons on animal life and behavior, zookeeping, culinary and cultural pictures of south India, and usefull ideas for anyone who may find themselves stranded at sea. I listened to most of this book while walking on the beach, which is an excellent setting for this epic story. The readers are excellent, adding much to the experience by bringing the various ethnic accents to life. Also, listening beats trying to read the many difficult to pronounce Indian words.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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