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Joyce

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  • Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tom Ryan
    • Narrated By Tom Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    A middle-aged, overweight, and acrophobic newspaper editor Tom Ryan and a little dog, Atticus M. Finch, are an unlikely pair of mountaineers, but after a close friend dies of cancer, the two pay tribute to her by attempting to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire's four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter. Tom and Atticus set out on an adventure of a lifetime that takes them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. Little did they know that their most difficult test would lie ahead, after they returned home. Following Atticus is ultimately a story of transformation....

    Douglas C. Bates says: "A True Story of Personal Transformation"
    "This is truely a Mini Schnauser!!"
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    If you could sum up Following Atticus in three words, what would they be?

    There is nothing more LIVELY, ENERGETIC, OR LOVING than a mini schnauser!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character is very interesting. His insitefulness and caring are very endearing. The way the dogs eventually turn his life around completely was, in a way, that dogs often turn people's life around. Knowing the personality of the mini schnauser, I can completely understand how this happens.


    What about Tom Ryan’s performance did you like?

    It was the perfect voice for the character.


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

    There are parts that make anyone laugh and cry. The touching part is the way the dog adapts to people and the outdoor wilderness. The same as my mini schnauser, who looks just the same as the picture on the cover, will adapt to any invironment he finds himself in.
    He is happy just to "be" anywhere he is.


    Any additional comments?

    Could not put this book down!! I fell in love with it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bolt

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    The privileged world of horse racing, filled with sleek thoroughbreds, burnished leather, and the silken sheen of jockeys’ colors, is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Let best-selling, internationally-popular author Dick Francis take you to the immaculate stables of the de Brescou estate, where dark forces are lurking. Someone is killing the de Brescou racehorses with a “bolt” gun, shooting them silently, leaving no clues. Before the noble family, which includes his fiancée, is torn apart, jockey Kit Fielding must find the assassin.

    Pat says: "Another Pleasant Whodunit by a British Jockey"
    "The best book he has written!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bolt to be better than the print version?

    I always enjoy the audio more. I have read many of Dick Francis books before getting my
    I-Pod. The readers accent helps me stay in England throughout the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It held me from beginning to end. I went back after listening and started at the beginning, and that is rare for me!


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

    Simon Prebble was able to emulate the various characters so it was not confusing who was speaking. His voice and accent were enjoyable.


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

    The love of horses and their jobs and care.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3125)
    Performance
    (2784)
    Story
    (2790)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Entertaining, sad, funny, and emotional."
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    What did you like best about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry? What did you like least?

    The people and places bring back memories of my travel through England. I would not have been as iinterested if I had not been there and could picture the people and places that were discribed in the book. I am a psychologist and found the personalities familiar. It was slow at times, but not enough to put the book aside. The story was funny, sad, and inspireing. I would not recommend it to everyone, but would recommed it greatly to some people. It is not the normal that I am used to, but, a great break from the regular books I am interested in.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe a little less listing of all of the many flowers and open land observed by Harold. I felt that those areas were slowing down the story


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

    A very interesting determination of Harold's that would not be typical of his caricature.


    Do you think The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I always want more of a book I have enjoyed! I would get a follow-up if it was available.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth giving it a try for the avid reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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