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I am a single, sixty year old woman who recently sold her home in the country, where I blissfully raised sheep and chickens. I am very intelligent, sensitive and emotional and I prefer books with these same qualities.


  • Girl with Glasses: My Optic History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Marissa Walsh
    • Narrated By Margie Lenhart

    Being a Girl with Glasses isn't just a style choice; it's a way of life. If you've ever had your specs steam up when walking into a bar, squinted into the sun on the soccer field, or laid eyes on a new haircut only after your locks are strewn across the floor, you know what it's like to be a GWG. Marissa Walsh has worn glasses since third grade. Now - 10 pairs of glasses, one pair of prescription sunglasses, and endless pairs of contacts later - she has fully embraced her four-eyed fate.

    Caryn says: "I could not finish!"
    "There's no story!"
    Would you try another book from Marissa Walsh and/or Margie Lenhart?


    What was most disappointing about Marissa Walsh’s story?

    There IS no story. It's just a series of snippets about some unimportant, disconnected events that took place during the time the author wore different pairs of glasses. There was nothing to tie the 'stories' together. No plot, no sense of importance. Just meaningless glimpses into the author's past.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine considering there wasn't much to work with.

    Was Girl with Glasses worth the listening time?

    I wouldn't necessarily say it was a "waste of time" since I listen while walking my dogs. But it is certainly nothing memorable or worth recommending to anyone else.

    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Clearly written for teenagers!"
    What did you like best about Divergent? What did you like least?

    The premise of the story. (liked)
    Obvious, immature "love story" (dislike)

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There is really nothing "wrong" with the story. It is just written more at a youth level than that of an adult.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?


    Did Divergent inspire you to do anything?

    No. Other than I probably will NOT go see the movie.

    Any additional comments?

    I very much enjoyed "The Hunger Games" trilogy and thought this would be similar. Hunger Games was clearly written with a more mature audience in mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "First time listener."
    Where does Life of Pi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audio book that I have listened to. I originally bought the kindle version to read but decided that I might enjoy listening to the story while walking with my dogs and when lying in bed at night.I have always loved being read to and was hoping that this could be a pleasant experience. I was NOT disappointed! Because of the quality of my experience with "Life of Pi", I am absolutely sold on the value of audio books. I was mesmerized by both the story and the narrator's voice. I am already avidly searching for my next book to listen too...

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

    As I mentioned, this is my first audio book but I found Mr. Woodman's melodic voice both soothing and captivating. I didn't want to story to end!

    Any additional comments?

    It's going to be hard to top this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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