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Karen A. Reiland

KarenIA

Iowa | Member Since 2006

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  • Telegraph Days

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Annie Potts
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    Not since the publication of his own beloved classic Lonesome Dove has there been a novel like this one, another big, brilliant, unputdownable saga of the West from Larry McMurtry. Telegraph Days is at once a major work of literature and a completely absorbing read, not just great fiction, but fiction on a great scale.

    Ron says: "Good McMurtry, not great"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I wanted to review this book and come here to find that my feelings are similar to the other reviewers. I always return to Larry McMurtry hoping to find another novel with the magic of Lonesome Dove. This is not that novel. But I still felt it was an above average novel. Obviously, Nellie could not have met all the characters she met if this were a true story any more than the character Forrest Gump could have met everyone he did. But that did not change my enjoyment of the novel and a glimpse of what it might have been like to be a woman in those Old West days. Annie Pots was the ideal reader and I found myself wanting to hear more of "Nellie's" story. No there was not a plot per se but it was a story of a life lived in another time. I recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Velvet and Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Katherine Howe
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (76)

    Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal-plagued brother in a town house in Boston's Back Bay. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sibyl flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium. But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Derby.

    connie says: "the parts don`t add up to a good whole"
    "Disappointed"
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    Would you try another book from Katherine Howe and/or Heather Corrigan?

    Probably not from Katherine Howe


    What could Katherine Howe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was just an odd story. There were hints that there was some big family secret or revelation. When this "secret" was revealed it was kind of a non-event. By the very end, everything was predictable. I was waiting for some be revelation about what happened on the ship with Helen and Eula but that also was anti-climactic.


    Have you listened to any of Heather Corrigan???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5488)
    Performance
    (3444)
    Story
    (3453)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "For dog lovers and everyone else"
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    As the owner of a yellow lab, I've always suspected there was a lot more going on in their heads than we've thought. I've looked at my dog a little differently after listening to this book. I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story itself wasn't new but hearing it through the eyes of Enzo the dog made it seem fresh and different. I'd highly recommend it to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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