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patrish

I read a lot, oftentimes professionally, oftentimes not.

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  • Deaf Sentence

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Lodge
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    His daily discontent is nothing compared to the affliction of hearing loss, which is a constant source of domestic friction and social embarrassment. In the popular imagination, he observes, deafness is comic, as blindness is tragic, but for the deaf person himself it is no joke. It is through his deafness that Desmond inadvertently gets involved with a young woman whose wayward and unpredictable behavior threatens to destabilize his life completely.

    patrish says: "I will have to buy a hard copy of this"
    "I will have to buy a hard copy of this"
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    I listen to audiobooks for entertainment. Oftentimes I find they stay with me, perhaps subtly changing how I view some experience or other, but this one really jolted me at several points. It's not a remarkable plot. Spoiler alert. He goes deaf, then gets back some of his hearing. His father dies. He has an annoying student. Middle age is tedious. His marriage is difficult, and he works on it. What is worthwhile is what the narrator tells us about his experience. There are passages that are absolutely delicious. When I finished the book, I was utterly shocked and thrown into grief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Molly MacRae
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    Thank Goodness It's Fiber: That's the name of the spunky group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Ivy McClellan, Kath's beloved grandmother. Though Ivy has recently passed on, the members still meet regularly at her fiber and fabric shop, The Weaver's Cat, which Kath has now inherited. But that's only the first in a series of surprises when Kath returns to the small town of Blue Plum, Tennessee, to settle her grandmother's affairs

    Beatrice says: "Good start to a good mystery"
    "Not even light reading"
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    I thought this might be a fun book to listen to while knitting. After two chapters, though, I gave up and picked out something else. This gem appeared toward the end of the first chapter: "I sat for another moment, memorizing his face in my side mirror, promising myself that never would I or any of my children, should I have any, ever consider procreating with the likes of, or a close relative to, Cole Dunbar." Only stubbornness made me continue for another chapter. It didn't get better.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rhoda Janzen
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    The same week her husband of 15 years ditches her for a guy he met on Gay.com, a partially inebriated teenage driver smacks her VW Beetle head-on. Marriage over, body bruised, life upside-down, Rhoda does what any sensible 43-year-old would do: She goes home. But hers is not just any home. It's a Mennonite home, the scene of her painfully uncool childhood and the bosom of her family.

    Dotty says: "It's OK"
    "You can't take the Mennonite out of the girl"
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    Janzen's observations on her Mennonite roots initially seem overly harsh, but slowly reveal a love and appreciation for her family as well as their traditions. This is a tender and funny memoir rather than a shaming tell-all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19080)
    Performance
    (14843)
    Story
    (14793)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Smart and funny"
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    I've only seen a few 30 Rock episodes and my knowledge of TF's work on SNL is limited to the Sarah Palin sketches that went viral. When I bought Bossypants I was looking for something smart and funny. It worked. There's more SNL/30 Rock backstory than I expected, but Fey puts these events into context and uses them to reveal a pervasive sexism in comedy. My 8 year old son listened to a few minutes and declared, "Do you have more of those busy mom books? I like them. They're pretty funny." That said, it's grown-up humor. If you do let your 8 year old listen to the book, you might have a lot of explaining to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Fudge

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Judy Blume
    • Narrated By Judy Blume
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (39)

    "Money, money, money...I love money, money, money" is Fudge's new theme song. He's drawing dollar signs for breakfast, thumbing through catalogs at bedtime, and making enough "Fudge Bucks" so he can buy the whole world (or at least Toys "R" Us). Fudge's latest obsession is driving his brother, Peter, crazy!

    Law Prof says: "Perfect for Elementary Kids"
    "Good family entertainment"
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    My seven year old has listened to this several times and continues to ask for it. It's a welcome change from the usual kid-approved radio shows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18710)
    Performance
    (16657)
    Story
    (16619)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Engaging, and thank heavens, not gruesome"
    Overall
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    At one point, I forgot this was a Stephen King novel and began to get worried that I would have to skip over some gory parts. There is a bit of supernatural hocus-pocus time travel that the reader must accept with an open mind, and most of the novel deals with the conundrums posed by the possibility of changing the past. Occasionally the voice of the 30-something year old narrator slips into King's 65 year old voice, displaying a degree of familiarity with 1960s era music and cars that seems out of place. As for gore, there were a few gruesome moments that I skipped over with no apparent harm. It's entertaining for the most part (the first part was too slow for my partner's taste), but not something that dazzled me with insight or occupied my thoughts for any time afterward. But not bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knitting Lessons: Tales from the Knitting Path

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lela Nargi
    • Narrated By Julia Olson
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Lela Nargi traveled across the country interviewing knitters at the beginning of the knitting craze. While learning how to knit herself, Nargi discovered the profound importance knitting has in the lives of the knitters she meets. Among the many wonderful knitting stories Nargi hears are those of Mel Clarke, Teva Durham, Edith Eig, Vickie Howell, Linda La Belle, Trisha Malcolm, Suzan Mischer and Clara Parkes.

    patrish says: "Knitting essays"
    "Knitting essays"
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    There is nothing surprising here, and it satisfies nonetheless: a short volume of intelligent and well-crafted essays by well-known knitting writers. Perfect company for long stretches of stocking stitch.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Union Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s beloved Elm Creek Quilts series here takes listeners back to the Civil War for a powerful tale of husbands, wives, and a nation torn apart. Fervent abolitionism rules the day in 1862 Water’s Ford, Pennsylvania. So when the local men answer Mr. Lincoln’s call to arms, wives are left behind to keep the town functioning. Fortunately, the ladies of Elm Creek Valley have an ingenious plan.

    patrish says: "More social history than quilting"
    "More social history than quilting"
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    I have read several of Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilters series books, and expected this one to be similar. It wasn't. The world of the book is the American Civil War, in a community where loyalties are divided. The production of an opportunity quilt and subsequent publication of patterns is an interesting but minor subplot. For the most part, however, the story is about the lives of brothers, lovers, and husbands at war and in the prison camps, and the communication between women and their soldiers. Once I gave in to the author's idea for the book, rather than mine, I found it every bit as interesting and rewarding as the others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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