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  • Though Not Dead: A Kate Shugak Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The residents of Alaska’s largest national park are stunned by the death of one of their oldest members, 87-year-old Old Sam Dementieff…Even private investigator Kate Shugak. Sam, a lifelong resident, dubbed the “father” of all of the Park rats—even though he had no children of his own—was especially close to Kate, his niece, but even she is surprised to discover that in his will he’s left her everything, including a letter instructing her simply to, “find my father.”

    Aryn says: "Wow"
    "Super story, well narrated!"
    Would you listen to Though Not Dead again? Why?

    Maybe - I rarely listen to stories a second time, but I enjoyed Marguerite Gavin's narration so much, I just might, since I was so let down by what I started to listen to after finishing this book.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I always love Kate best and appreciate that Stabenow doesn't make her too good or too much without flaws, she grows and learns in a realistic way from her experiences, makes mistakes, all that.

    Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I certainly will after this one!

    Any additional comments?

    I've read all of Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak books and have loved each one. They always feel fresh, the interactions of the characters never feel forced, and the developments always seem natural and realistic but still quite fascinating. I"ve never felt she's just trying to crank the next book out or tie up loose ends, but keeps crafting each book, start to finish.

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  • The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
    • Narrated By Stockard Channing

    Meet Ramona. She lives on Klickitat Street with her mother, father and big sister, Beezus. She’s not afraid of anything and is always up to something. And that’s just the beginning…. In this audio collection, join Ramona, one of Beverly Cleary’s most beloved characters, on all her wacky adventures!

    Christopher says: "Very entertaining and delightful listen"
    "Wonderful stories, solid narration"

    My daughter and I listened to this on the drive to and from school, as well as on a couple of weekend road trips, and it was a delight. Stockard Channing does a great job with all of the voices, and we enjoyed all of them, well done. I remembered enjoying Beverly Cleary's stories as a child, eagerly awaiting the last few as they were published. Now my daughter is having the same enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Engaging and worth the time"
    What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Wind the most enjoyable?

    While it took me a little while to get into the story and overcome my fear I had fallen into a slow-moving coming-of-age tale, once we got going, I was charmed and delighted and couldn't stop listening. What saved it for me are the Interludes. Normally, I'm really annoyed by shifts in perspective/time in a narrative, but here, just enough was revealed in the Interludes to make younger, more arrogant Kvothe a more appealing and rounded character. Had I read this in my teens or 20s, I don't think I would have appreciated that aspect so much. In my 40s, I can also look back at my teens as Kvothe has, with mixed emotions and a certain objectivity, rue, and amusement.

    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Nick Podehl does a fantastic job with the various voices and particularly with giving Kvothe what I felt was just the right attitude.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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