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Lynne

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  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (721)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Made me proud, Made me cry, Made me THINK!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Calico Joe the most enjoyable?

    I felt I was THERE, in the story!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator, the writer, because I identified with is character.


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

    I laughed and cried! It really made me think about my own childhood and how we played baseball in the field at BBQ's or in the park on weekends, how I wanted to play 3rd base JUST LIKE MY DAD... I had a dream...


    Any additional comments?

    This story really showed me the behind the scenes relationship of pitchers and batters; their "rules".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13405)
    Performance
    (9249)
    Story
    (9306)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Dave Ramsey suggests another EXCELLENT book!"
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    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    An amazing story wrapped up in a lesson of history, geography,endurance and perseverance!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    Some of the things that happened to the POWs in the prison camps was very hard for me to listen to; I wept at the strength and faith of these men.


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

    I would have struggled with the Japanese names and phrases.


    Any additional comments?

    I was humbled and educated by this book. Well worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Cathleen Falsani
    • Narrated By Cathleen Falsani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Justice is getting what you deserve. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. And grace is getting what you absolutely don't deserve.

    Eric says: "Thought provoking"
    "Recommended by a friend!"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up Sin Boldly in three words, what would they be?

    Will listen again!


    What did you like best about this story?

    There's so much information, so many things I took from the book to apply to my own life that I'll keep this in my Kindle to listen to a couple times a year.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corrections

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (140)

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century - a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.

    Charles says: "A memorable book; flawless narration"
    "Don't waste your time or $$"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I just kept waiting for the story to pick up or get interesting and it NEVER did. What a complete waste of my time and money!


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Franzen’s story?

    It was boring. The story line was dull.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I won't throw the baby out with the bathwater...the narrator did the best he could with the material he had.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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