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Canton, MI, USA | Member Since 2009

  • 4 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 249 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014

  • Bud, Not Buddy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Narrated By James Avery

    Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal winner, is full of laugh-out-loud humor and wonderful characters, hitting the high notes of jazz and sounding the deeper tones of the Great Depression.

    Robert says: "Bud, Not Buddy"
    "Fabulous story and performance"
    If you could sum up Bud, Not Buddy in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining, heartfelt and surprising

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bud, Not Buddy?

    I loved the twist at the end! superb!

    Which character – as performed by James Avery – was your favorite?

    Bud not Buddy :)

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

    I loved this book. As a 5th grade teacher I really think this book will appeal to my students because it seems as if a 10 year old is truly telling the story. It is really for a YA audience but adults may enjoy it too.

    Any additional comments?

    you have to check this out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

    B. Westman says: "Surprisingly Deep"
    "Just weird"
    What would have made The Family Fang better?

    Not sure.

    What was most disappointing about Kevin Wilson’s story?

    The story was just strange and while it was funny at times overall I didn't get the point. This family is totally dysfunctional and the mom and dad do everything for art but their actions are unbelievable; I didn't want to listen to the second part but I figured I had already invested so much time it had to get better. I was wrong!

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I wish I used my credit to buy something else

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "Lots of info"
    Would you listen to The Great Influenza again? Why?

    Even though this book was really good I don't think I'ld listen again because it was soooo intense and super long! Sometimes it went off on a tangent and I forgot how the subsection was connected. But it wasn't just about the flu, I learned so much about the H1N1 strain, virology and pandemics. It's a bit scary too when you learn about what actually happened and how it was spread!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man from Beijing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjvallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be shocked: Her grandparents, the Andrns, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an Andrn family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the 19th-century diary of an Andrn ancestora gang master on the American transcontinental railwaythat describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers.

    Terry R. Mabry says: "The Man From Beijing is a keeper"
    "Scary and exciting!"

    I really liked this book! The opening chapters made it seems like a murder mystery but it was soooo much more than that! It traces a random path over continents and time that makes you realize that people do things for strange reasons. While I thought some things were unbelieveable the more and more Mankell blended the story I found myself getting into it! loved it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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