Penny is a young Mennonite girl sent to summer camp for a week by her parents. She's convinced her friend Gina to come along with her and it's a huge surprise for them both. No swimming, not even baths, showers, or water to wash clothes. As they deal with the boredom of a religious camp circa 1980; Gina is faced with raging hormones and Penny with the memories of her last day in Guatemala. This story is a sweet look at the a slice of a young girl's life as she tries to deal with culture shock, her memories, and the pain of becoming an adult.
It's a little difficult to rate five minutes with any real accuracy but this was humorous and and nominally enlightening.
I think this one is; uh, deserves a 4 star rating; though I think I've displayed my ambivalence to that sufficiently. Waves; particularly Tsunami and rogue waves have been a fascination for me for a few years now and I'd hoped this book would answer some of my questions about those. What I wasn't expecting was an almost surfing groupie fan magazine fawning ode to Laird Hamilton by the author. There is quite a bit of information pertaining to waves and the best places to find them; as well as the reports of people who found themselves caught up in rogue waves around the world. Unfortunately far too much of this selection is dedicated to the author's extreme admiration of Hamilton the Surfing God. Perhaps he is worthy of such admiration; after all he did convince Gaby Reese to marry him and bear his children, but it wasn't the reason I purchased this audio. The book is well done, it accurately conveys the extreme dangers of waves the size of ten to twelve story buildings. The narrator Kirsten Potter does a fantastic job with the material and the author truly expresses the magnificence of the sea and the amazing power of it. This is probably a very good listening for anyone who relate to that; it just wasn't what I thought I was buying.
This was, for the most part a nice little kid's story; though much of the middle portion of the narrative was pretty tedious. However the middle aged male narrating this tale from the perspective of a thirteen year old just didn't work. Indeed it was just so jarring, that at times it completely distracted from the story. I know that it's probably impossible to find a thirteen year old male capable of reading an audiobook but I find it hard to believe that a better reader couldn't have been located.
This was a fantastic coming of age/ adventure story set in 1969 that tells the tale of the very unfortunately named Gene Steen and his cousin Lucy. Fifteen year old Gene lives with his parents in Milwaukee; surely the least hip place on Earth he's sure. Lucy on the other hand is surely the coolest person on the planet and totally hot too; too bad she's his cousin but at least he's learning some things he never expected to.
Then the story goes from young adult coming of age narrative to an adventure when she tells him a few of her secrets and the two of them take to the road.
If not for an overly detailed acid trip description this is a poignant, intelligent, mature story set in a time that I remember quite well. Highly recommended.
Bevin Alexander concentrates on eight battles where better strategies or reactions by the men guiding their armies could have changed history. Warning for those of you have idolized Robert E Lee, he doesn't fare very well in this work; nor does George Washington for that matter. Using the works of Sun Tzu the author points out mistakes made by military leaders that cost battles, and or wars.
It's an interesting take on historical events; particularly the battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the American Civil War. I visited the sight and took the tour of the battlefield, and what Lee tried to accomplish there always confused me.
There are times when the audio version bogs down in detail that probably worked better in print. Still for those of you fascinated by military history this is a definite add to your collection.
This book began so slowly I came close to giving up on it. Adam Marsh's meltdown; the act that sets this whole story in motion was done in slow motion and with more detail than is imparted in The Odyssey. The characters aren't particularly well balanced for the most part; particularly for the first three quarters of the book. What saves this book is Adam's growth of character and the relationship between him and Chance the rescue dog. Well, that and the improvement in the relationship between Adam and his daughter Ariel; both of them growing as people as well as father and daughter. If you're able to get through the first couple of chapters it's a good listen.
This is a pretty good story and E V Grove does an excellent job, but after listening to Taken I was expecting more. When it comes t erotica Selena Kitt is a better author than most but this this one doesn't quite measure up.
While at a loss for a compromise choice my daughter talked me into a bit of nostalgia. After one chapter she had to admit that the trip down memory lane hadn't taken her where she'd hoped to go. One chapter in, we reached a consensus that the max age for this series was fifteen; tops.
A tired trite story that tosses cliches around like confetti. The female relatives of the protagonists are uninteresting stereotypes instead of people. To add to this the narrator speaks in singsong cadences that sound as if her previous experiences as a narrator was as kindergarten teacher. Avoid this one.
The outline of this story was so eerily close to one part of my life that's it's taken me more than a couple of months to be able to write this review.
Suddenly finding out one day that you have a fifteen year old daughter is one of those surreal experiences that for months afterwards there is the sense that it wasn't real; it was something that you thought about or wrote about, or was part of a dream. It can't be anything that actually happened; can it? The uncertainty in this narrative was certainly familiar to both of us as was the ambivalence and fear that we both felt. Discomfort becomes a very familiar sensation; particularly for the daughter as she meets grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins for the first time.
Perhaps I'm far too close to the story to appreciate it but I found the book to be seriously lacking in depth and detail. There were far too many holes in the narrative and I found the conclusion less than satisfying. In short I chose this selection because it was so close to my own experience and found out that was all it was for me. This book didn't add a thing for me; whether the fault was the author's or mine; i can't say.
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