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If you want to listen to a book that tugs not only at your heart, but is like listening to a new friend tell you their story--then get this book. While some may get frustrated with the back and forth between childhood and adulthood, just remember no life story is ever told chronological. It is told piece by piece-memory by memory. Beth Hoffman is a great story weaver--as story teller does not capture the essence of her talent.
Jenna's performance provides your imagination an opportunity to make the movie in your head. It is 3D without the hype. She adds dimension to each character, right down to all creatures great and small. And if you haven't listened to Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, then add it to your list. Both are books that I could listen to over and over again. In fact, I have listened to Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt about four times in the last year. It is like watching your favorite movie, you never tire of the characters, the story, the way it moves your soul. Looking For Me is right there along side Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt. If audiobooks could ever look tattered, dog-eared, and tear-stained...
I loved the Pilgrimage of Harold Fry! This is the story of what Queenie did while she waited for Harold. Rachel Joyce captured the human spirit, friendship, loss, and the meaning of a life well lived--even when we think we have a life of missed opportunities. Rachel's weaving of faith, compassion, and humor into the other characters encourages the reader to reflect on people that share the road with you on life's journey, even if it is three months, five years, or a lifetime. Read it. Read them both. Harold and Queenie will remain with you long after the last word is spoken. They are the echos of our own call for forgiveness and grace.
I must admit, when I purchased the first audiobook of the series, The Sweetness At The Bottom of the Pie, I was not immediately impressed. So I stopped listening. Audiobooks are like that, you have to be ready to accept the story into your life. About six months later, I was looking for a book to listen to, and I began listening to The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie. I was hooked. As I listened to each book in the series, I began to understand how Alan Bradley slowly began to reveal aspects of Flavia, her family, Dogger, the village. Flavia's sluething ways, her love of all things chemistry, and her desire to be viewed as a detective in her own right makes you love her old soul trapped in an 11 year old's body. This book should not disappoint you. Read from the beginning of the series. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches hopefully will have you cheering as I did as Flavia closes the chapter on being 11. I can't wait to begin reading about Flavia and her new adventures.
I love this series. From the first sentence in the first book "Still Life" to the last sentence in this book has been a journey that was worth every step and the hours of listening. Each book digs deeper and deeper into the humaness of each character, their joy and their pain. Penny's artistry is in her ability to breathe life into each character throughout the series. When you find a little of yourself in Gamache, Jean-Guy, Clara, Reine-Marie, or Myrna. But these are only some of the myriad of characters that leap off the page, or materialize in from of your face. Louise Penny helps you understand yourself a little bit more. Ralph Cosham, is nothing short of brilliant in his ability to tell a great story. Listen to each book. If this is your first introduction to Inspector Gamache, begin with Still Life--you will not regret it.
I typically like books that focus on how to improve corporate cultures, and leadership skills. However, this book fell flat. Not even one bounce. As I listened, I found that I was arguing with the author during my commute-mostly about how I have known many givers in my personal and professional lives. But they, like everyone, gives and takes in this world. It is almost like a "currency" of sorts. The goal is to have a sustainable amount in your "bank" account, not too much, not too little. A healthy balance. It was a challenging listen in the fact that despite the statistics that were presented, I wasn't that impressed how the author states that if you practice giving, your career, relationships at work, etc will improve. Read the book, don't read the book. It is one of those choices. Kind of like be a giver, or be a taker. Once again-a choice, and what I find in the end it should be a zero sum game.
Ready Player One is by far one of my favorite books! Listening to this book walks you through the 1980's culture where you remember in large towns it was the pizza joints with the video game room, the small town cafe with video games--where kids connected, played music, and were introduced to technology. At the same time you are transported to 2044, faced with economic and environmental crisis, it is easier for humans to live inside a game, than to face the real world. And yet, as the reader you are stuck in the present--full of nostalgia and a little fear of what our world could look like in 30 years. You come to love the characters, hate the villains, and as the plot twists and turns, you find yourself at the end of the book wanting more, but not needing more. Check out the websites, book trailers , to see the culture around this book.
The only downside to the book was the slam towards religion. The book would be just as good had he not even broached the subject.
As a fan of Downton Abbey, the title intrigued me. It was a nice light listen, and the narrator is spot on for the characters. Some books are one time listens, others like this one, you can listen to again and again. It is like a bubble bath, the story takes you away from the hectic barrage of life.
The Graveyard Book-hooked me, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane has reeled me in. It is a book that you should bring with on a camping trip and don't forget the portable speaker so Gaiman can do his magic around the campfire--you will become 7 years old again, and your world transforms. It tugs at you to recall your perspective of adults at that age, the belief in magical beings, and ponds that become oceans. It is a tale you will treasure over and over again.
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