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Tell us about yourself! I'm a teacher who loves cycling and plugging into a book for 10 or more hours on long bike rides.

Rochester, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 5 reviews
  • 65 ratings
  • 873 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2015

  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "a best scifi read"

    I was somewhat overwhelmed in the first portion due to the lingo and descriptors of a future eco/world. I was hooked on the 2nd third and couldn't stop towards the end. This is a big world of unique people in a future world with many relevant eco/environmental issues at play. The windup girl? amazing read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Suzn F says: "YES!!! Dave and Clete back in Louisiana once again"
    "The brilliance and genius of James Lee Burke"

    I've listened and read all the Burke books and I was stunned by the depth of description of the natural world of the book and the touch Burke has on the dark depths that Clete is drawn into. His description of the inner life of his characters is simply amazing. Every character is alive, real, and feels honest. Will Pattons voice is so smooth and fits the characters with perfection. I kept wanting to share with my wife the language of Burke as it spoke so powerfully and was so unique it stuck to me. I rank this one as his best one yet. Is there violence? You bet. Are there EVIL people? Always. The relationship between Clete and Dave as they face their own limits is so clearly portrayed through it all with the sound and images of Viet Nam always near the surface.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "a fascinating story about life in a harsh world"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This challenging world is written about with a gifted ease.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Snow Child?

    The return of the snow child after summer.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The meeting between the young mountain girl and her future husband.

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

    When she became sick and disappeared in the night I ached.

    Any additional comments?

    The truth of this harsh world is easily portrayed by the writer and expressed through the lives of real characters. "Easy" is hard to do and wonderful to experience. I count this as one of my favorite listens.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "An engaging tragic family story."
    If you could sum up Defending Jacob in three words, what would they be?

    surprising, believable, suspenseful

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Defending Jacob?

    The exchange with the grandfather in prison and his involvement with the conclusion of the trial.

    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Very natural and easy to visualize the character

    Any additional comments?

    I was easily drawn in and identified with the fathers unfailing defense of his son.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "another great listen"

    If you liked the first two this final story is exceptional in its detail and plot. I loved it.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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