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Reader in Rochester

Rochester, MN | Member Since 2012

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  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (745)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Funny and touching."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian the most enjoyable?

    The narrator had the singsong voice of an American Indian. The story took you from laughing to tears. It also helped me understand how poverty has its own culture, and sometimes the people in that culture can be the biggest barrier to breaking out of poverty.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

    The most memorable moment was how terribly the Indian crowd at a basketball game treated the protagonist of the story, all because he was trying to make more of his life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were countless scenes that were my favorite. How do I choose?


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

    Yes. I bought it for a long drive, and I found that I hated to stop for gas!


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing! I would recommend it t anyone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4049)
    Performance
    (3457)
    Story
    (3452)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Very entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Defending Jacob in three words, what would they be?

    Unpredictable,


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending was completely unpredictable. I also liked that we could not see into Jacob's mind any more than his parents could.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the car ride Jacob takes with his mother.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (291)

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, poor editing ..."
    "Interesting, but dry"
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    What did you like best about In the Heart of the Sea? What did you like least?

    The facts were obviously researched. However, sometimes the story became a bit dry when the background facts were outlined.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The trials the men went through to survive their time at sea were fascinating. The details of life on Nantucket and the Quaker church were quite boring.


    Do you think In the Heart of the Sea needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not. This is a historical book. Any further books based off of it would be pure fiction.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Six

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pittacus Lore
    • Narrated By Neil Kaplan, Marisol Ramirez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (972)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (870)

    I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.

    Jose says: "Better than the first"
    "Very disappointed"
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    Would you try another book from Pittacus Lore and/or Neil Kaplan?

    No


    What could Pittacus Lore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author needs to spend some time with teenagers and learn that they do not talk like idiots. John Smith was likeable and desirable because he was devoted to one woman for his life. How disappointed I was to find that this loyalty did not even last weeks. He is not likeable at all in this book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Needed a better dialogue.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story line is exciting with alot of action.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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