In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children.
Loved the book! There is something special when a book is read by the author, there is a depth and resonance that really grips the heart. This is story is, by turns, funny, touching, exciting, and romantic. Be careful how you read it, or you may find yourself on a plane for Nepal!
Carrot Quinn fears that she's become addicted to the Internet. The city makes her numb, and she's having trouble connecting with others. In a desperate move, she breaks away from everything to walk 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. It will be her first long-distance hike.
I loved the parts about the hike, I hated the bad language and sex scenes.
The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.
This story captivates from the beginning and carries the reader all the way to the very satisfying end. It gives great insights into a little known Chinese ethnic group, the frustrations and difficulties of being adopted in America and the complex world of tea. This book goes far beyond the ordinary. Well worth the listen.
Rakhi, a young painter and single mother, is struggling to come to terms with her relationship with ex-husband Sonny, a hip Bay Area DJ, and with her dreamteller mother, who has rarely spoken about her past or her native India. Rakhihas her hands full, juggling a creative dry spell, raising her daughter, and trying to save the Berkeley teahouse she and her best friend Belle own. But greater challenges are to come.
I didn't identify with any of these characters. The story line was so so, but I really didn't like all the metaphysical weirdness. I also got tired of listening to the narrator's interpretation of the little girl's voice which was a constant whine. Not this author's best work in my opinion.
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Tired of the pace and noise of life near London and longing for a better place to raise their young children, Mary J. MacLeod and her husband, George, encountered their dream while vacationing on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides. Enthralled by its windswept beauty, they soon were the proud and startled owners of a near-derelict croft house - a farmer’s stone cottage - on “a small acre” of land. Mary assumed duties as the island’s district nurse.
I loved that this was a true account of a nurse's experiences. It was well written and interesting; each episode being unique and unpredictable.
The only unfortunate aspect is the narrator who managed the accents well but sounded like she was reading to very young children.
Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.
Even though I guessed the ending, I couldn't stop listening. The characters were so authentic, the story so engrossing. A great listen.
Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, brilliantly presents "storytelling in its oldest and truest form".
One of the few books I have started listening too again just after I finished it the first time. A fascinating story, well told and interesting. Well worth the listen.
Ruth Wariner was the 39th of her father's 42 children. Growing up on a farm in rural Mexico, where authorities turned a blind eye to the practices of her community, Ruth lives in a ramshackle house without indoor plumbing or electricity. At church, preachers teach that God will punish the wicked by destroying the world and that women can ascend to heaven only by entering into polygamous marriages and giving birth to as many children as possible.
I think I will never forget The Sound of Gravel. One of the most engaging books I have listened to yet. The matter of fact telling of the author's story only adds to the compelling nature of this book. I absolutely could not put it down. Amazing.
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Ten years ago New Yorker Elizabeth Bard followed a handsome Frenchman up a spiral staircase to a love nest in the heart of Paris. Now, with a baby on the way and the world's flakiest croissant around the corner, Elizabeth is sure she's found her "forever place". But life has other plans.
While I enjoyed this book, it reminded me a lot of Peter Mayle's work, which, given the setting and story line, is somewhat unavoidable.
The author's account of her childhood, including the difficulties of living with a mentally ill parent, and her personal struggle to parent her son gave the book a more serious tone.
Over all, a good book, I recommend it.
New York Times best-selling author Sandra Dallas sets this 1920s tale in a small mining town near Colorado’s majestic Tenmile Range. As nine children walk home from school, a spring avalanche thunders down from Jubilee Mountain—burying everything in its path. This compelling novel of survival, redemption, and faith skillfully reveals the backstory of each family affected by this tragedy.
Great story, interesting characters, set in my beloved home state. Each Sandra Dallas book is alike but different. This one's a keeper.
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