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Grace L. Miller

Gracie the PB Native

San Diego Ca | Member Since 2009

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  • 6 reviews
  • 559 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 95 purchased in 2014
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  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (277)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    Having read all but one of her books, I was eager to read this one. Somehow, I have struggled through..hoping that "something would happen".
    Certainly beautifully written, but for me--disappointing.
    Maybe next time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (316)

    In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

    Phillip says: "Most Informative Book on the AT"
    "Living the Dream!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of AWOL on the Appalachian Trail to be better than the print version?

    Audible books when read by the author are my favorites. Just as songwriters do the best renditions of their own songs. The inflections and nuances are so natural with them.


    What other book might you compare AWOL on the Appalachian Trail to and why?

    I don't remember the titles but I've read about a couple of young women who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, and also stories about walking across China. I am a real fan of the hiking stories, and plan to do the Pilgrimage of Santiago in Spain.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many excellent scenes, and one that stands out is when AWOL sees the big tree root stretched across the trail, and believes that he has stepped high enough to get over it easily when his toe catches. His description of the cartwheeling arms and hiker poles flying when finally the toe is released was something that in many ways I could identify.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When AWOL stepped wrong on the rocks and broke his ankle...I've experienced similar, and know how discouraging it can be.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed the fact that the AT wasn't romanticized, we experienced the hike warts and all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3985)
    Performance
    (3560)
    Story
    (3556)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    ""Suspect" delivers!"
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    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has been one of the best books I've listened to in quite a while. I am an avid audiobook listener, and this one kept me up late, and listening early as well! I gave it 5 stars on all levels, and am not often so generous. I've recommended it to at least a dozen people in the past few days, and will continue to do so.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Being inside Maggie's head was so interesting. I've enjoyed "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" and "The Art of Racing in the Rain" as they pertain to dogs and training. I enjoyed reading of the "trials" that Maggie was put through, and clearly the research that was done paid off in the details.


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

    Andrews' inflection and tone both are engaging and compelling. The "thumps" resonated with me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Man and the amazing bond with his dog ...........far, far more than you might "Suspect"


    Any additional comments?

    I will read many more of his books....I have 2 waiting now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Selected Shorts: New American Stories

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Aleksandar Hemon, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and others
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines, Rita Wolf, Condola Rashad, and others
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    New American Stories presents diverse stories of contemporary American life and dreams lost and found, by four of the best young contemporary writers - Jhumpa Lahiri, Sherman Alexie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Aleksandar Hemon - as performed by terrific stage and screen actors. All four writers have a unique perspective on the American experience, which is reflected in their work.

    Michael says: "Weak"
    "Riveting stories so well told!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Selected Shorts: New American Stories the most enjoyable?

    The readers were so excellent, each one diverse.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Each had unexpected twists & well drawn characters.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Best I've heard, and I've heard plenty! Inflections superb, tone magnificent....very colorful, every one! I want more!


    Who was the most memorable character of Selected Shorts: New American Stories and why?

    The "killer" and I'll say no more.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen, and be transported!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17211)
    Performance
    (15290)
    Story
    (15243)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Time travel with incredibly rich detail"
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    Loved the 'Butterfly effect


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    When the return to the altered present occurred..........the


    Which character ??? as performed by Craig Wasson ??? was your favorite?

    Other than our hero, of course, it would have to be Sadie! Love interest and very believeable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Of course: the finale dance!


    Any additional comments?

    I gave a book report to my reading group last evening about 11 22 63. It was well received, and I know several will also be enjoying it as well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Rule: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Robert Crais
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (202)

    The organized criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are bound by what they call the thieves' code. The first rule is this: A thief must forsake his mother, father, brothers, and sisters. He must have no family - no wife, no children - because only other criminals are his family. If any of the rules are broken, it is punishable by death.

    Mystery Addict says: "Not Elvis but a good listen"
    "Non stop action!"
    Overall

    If you want action, this is the story for you! Never a dull moment.............it'll keep you interested all the way!
    I've read him before, and enjoyed his work.this is no exception!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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