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  • Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Meet one funny dog - Enzo, the lovable mutt who tells this story. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: most dogs love to chase cars, but Enzo longs to race them. He learns about racing and the world around him by watching TV and by listening to the words of his best friend, Denny, an up-and-coming race car driver, and his daughter, Zo; his constant companion. Enzo finds that life is just like being on the racetrack - it isn't simply about going fast. And, applying the rules of racing to his world, Enzo takes on his family's challenges and emerges a hero.

    Ellen says: "Loved it!"
    "I cried like a baby."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Racing in the Rain to be better than the print version?

    I'm aware the audio and print versions are different but I listened to the bulk of the story versus reading it. Some members of my Book Club read the print version so they were able to fill me in about the scenes omitted from the audio version. Either way, it was a moving story. I cried like a baby throughout the entire book. It touched me in so many ways. I'm a dog person and my beloved dog passed away. My mother had a similar illness so I was moved about the Eve-story. All-in-all, I adored the story and the writing. Enzo was a wonderfully compassionate funny and "human" dog. Bravo!


    What other book might you compare Racing in the Rain to and why?

    I can't think of a comparable book.


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

    No, I haven't listened to Leyva before. I will look for him though. He did a wonderful job performing this book.


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

    "A timeless classic! A must see for everyone in the family!"


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5550)
    Performance
    (3515)
    Story
    (3547)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "A frightening look into a possible future."
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    Would you try another book from William R. Forstchen and/or Joe Barrett?

    Whereas it was a good overall story and concept, I would not listen to another book written by Forstchen nor one performed by Barrett. The story was a peak into an existence I had not been exposed to before. It was a scary eye opener for me! A frightful wake-up call about what could happen to our nation. For that, I am thankful that Forstchen wrote the book and thankful that I got to listen to it. In that sense, the story changed my outlook about life and every aspect of our society. I haven't been able to stop thinking about the story since I finished it. However, it wasn't the best-written book I've ever read. The dialog was "preachy" and seemed to be longer than normal conversation would go. No one I know waxes eloquent and spouts extended paragraphs of informed and historical data. In addition, the narration/performance didn't allow me to sympathize with the main character. The narration made him unlikable, I think.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I was interested in knowing what would happen next but I was not on the "edge of my seat."


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Joe Barrett?

    No.


    Do you think One Second After needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I think the new TV show will cover any follow-up plots.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3681)
    Performance
    (3246)
    Story
    (3260)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Inspiring, poetically genius writing!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book. I've been inspired by the story and the beauty of the prose ever since I listened to it. I'm inspired to hike, but not only that. I want to challenge myself like Strayed to achieve the great "thing" in my own life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cheryl Strayed is a gifted writer and storyteller. I love the way she weaved the story together, and how she painted such a vivid picture of the setting and personalities she met along her journey. Truly brilliant was the the way she conveyed her emotions. Genius.


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

    No, I have not listened to any of Dunne's other performances.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My Mother also died from cancer so it was painful to relive the whole experience.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a new Cheryl Strayed fan. I wish her continued success.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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