When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.
It was one of those books that I can't say I loved, but I listened to all the way through and it kept my attention. It was a really good premise, and just when it was getting dull there's a good plot twist. If this sort of off beat adventure appeals to you, you might like it. Not a strong recommend and mostly because the dialogue is a little dull but the action is good.
Since returning from London, the three Incorrigible children and their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, have been exceedingly busy. Despite their wolfish upbringing, the children have taken up bird-watching, with no unfortunate consequences - yet. And a perplexing gift raises hard questions about how Penelope came to be left at the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females and why her parents never bothered to return for her. But hers is not the only family mystery to solve....
Real fun, Highly recommended. My 11 yr old daughter and I have been enjoying this. Great for a car ride. The reader is amazing.
Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to...somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home.
This is chronically the first book of the Narnia series but clearly not the first written. In this book he intends to write a genesis story of how it all started. It seems a little contrived at times but ties up all the loose ends (like what was that light post doing in the middle of nowhere) and set you up for the Lion, the Witch etc. Good story as part of the whole. On it's own a little lacking.
For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Good advice and a very modern approach. Nothing really earth shattering and probably not what you want to hear, but helpful if you can stomach some of the realizations like, you are not special. Like a tough talk from a young guidance councilor. Recommended.
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Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.
Not as exciting as I wanted it to be but still a horror listen. I'm not sure what I would have changed, it was good and a quick listen, just not my favorite.
One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.
He brings this to life with his voice and accents. I really enjoyed this. I felt like I was transported out of my tiny fishbowl and saw another world. I also learned something about racism. A truly touching personal journey. A must listen.
At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey Jr. are immediately dashed by grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. When Augusten is forced to examine himself, he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life - and live it sober. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a Higher Power
I wanted to learn more about an alcoholic's journey and this is a good read. Sad but full of hope and some humor along the way. I am glad I read it.
Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, "They must have been raised by wolves." The Incorrigible children actually were. Turning sixteen is a bittersweet occasion for Miss Penelope Lumley: Her parents remain disappointingly absent, and her perfectly nice young playwright friend, Simon Harley-Dickinson, has not been heard from since he went to visit his ailing great-uncle Pudge in the old sailors' home in Brighton.
Yet another great Ashton book. Really fun to read with your tween. If you liked A Series of Unfortunate Events you will love this. I think it's really better. The writing is so sharp and the reader is amazing. I think she is truly amazing. High Marks!!!
The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful but slowly going under - maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.
There were moments in the story that were great and moments that seemed to go on and on. The writing is great and the narration is superb. I would listen to Maggie again, need to search out other things she has read. Overall a recommendation, but not a strong one.
Of especially naughty children, it is sometimes said: “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible children actually were. Discovered in the forests of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.
The story is really good, part mystery, part comedy. Sort of reminds me of Lemmony Snicket, but I like this so much more. I listened to this with my 11 year old and we both loved it. The reader is one of the best. She must be a great actress because her voices feel like different people. Highly Recommended for a parent/child audiobook club.