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Sprangers

Columbia, MO, United States
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  • Wildfire

  • A Hidden Legacy Novel
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,875
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,749

Nevada Baylor can't decide which is more frustrating - harnessing her truthseeker abilities or dealing with Connor "Mad" Rogan and their evolving relationship. Yes, the billionaire Prime is helping her navigate the complex magical world in which she's become a crucial player - and sometimes a pawn - but she also has to deal with his ex-fiancée, whose husband has disappeared and whose damsel-in-distress act is wearing very, very thin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as wonderful as Daniels world and Innkeeper.

  • By Michael Harmon on 08-25-17

OK, I want more :)

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-18

This series, like the Inn Keeper Series, while in some ways formulaic, keeps one's interest from start to finish. There are always twists and turns - just often enough to keep one off balance. At the same time, I enjoy picking up on details that become central at a later point in the book. Red carnations, for example. These stories keep my attention on what could be boring drives. Not so. About to run out on all three series and about to be frustrated.

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  • Hidden Figures

  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,258

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Subject

  • By Jami on 02-05-18

Prepare to have your eyes opened

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-17

If you could sum up Hidden Figures in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating, informative, inspiring

What did you like best about this story?

Brining forth almost buried history without subtext or polish but pride and solid research

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The history of the Commonwealth of Virginia trying to stifle public education because of resistance of having people with differently pigmented skin attend school - as late as the 60's.

Any additional comments?

I was thrilled by the movie as it not only portrayed smart black women as smart, women who were capable, able and overlooked but came at a time in our history when we need to stop being so pig headed about 'change'. I knew the story was altered to accommodate the essentials for a movie so we listened to the book on a 16 hr drive. Wow! I am so pleased to have been able to have the full story and be made aware of what history I thought I knew from the time when I was growing up watching the space shots in school having dreamed of working for NASA and ending up as a research scientist. But I was sheltered living in New England and was less than full ware of the obstructionists as far as race was concerned. As a female who went to what had been an all male University South of the Mason-Dixon line I focussed on 'being not good enough' but 'better than' to make headway and I was woefully ignorant of what my black sisters were having to cope with in order to use their talents. Thank you for bringing the story forward. I still wish we would honor each other's talents regardless of the outer layers - we would be so much further ahead.

  • The Triumph of Seeds

  • How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History
  • By: Thor Hanson
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881

We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life, supporting diets, economies, and civilizations around the globe. Just as the search for nutmeg and the humble peppercorn drove the Age of Discovery, so did coffee beans help fuel the Enlightenment and cottonseed help spark the Industrial Revolution. And from the fall of Rome to the Arab Spring, the fate of nations continues to hinge on the seeds of a Middle Eastern grass known as wheat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully simplistic!

  • By Adrian on 03-30-16

Great piece of work for a long road trip

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Love these works - the author loves his subject and weaves botany, horticulture & history together well.

  • The Emperor's Blades

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 1
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,839

In The Emperor's Blades by Brian Staveley, the emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins. But each of them also has a life-path on which their father set them, destinies entangled with both ancient enemies and inscrutable gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 4 Primary Crimes Committed By The Author

  • By Captain Spanky Of Nazareth on 05-09-16

Good listen but ending pointedly said "series"

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-14

If you could sum up The Emperor's Blades in three words, what would they be?

Well woven tale

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is a saga with interwoven tales so was fun to listen to on a set of long drives

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  • The Queene's Christmas

  • An Elizabeth I Mystery, Book 6
  • By: Karen Harper
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

An old English Yule has never been merrier or more mysterious. A New Year's celebration has never looked more joyous but been so potentially deadly. Fearing the 12 Days of Christmas of 1564 may be the last for her ailing, elderly friend, Lady Kat Ashley, Queen Elizabeth decrees a nostalgic, old-fashioned holiday. Delicious dishes for the table, holly and ivy, caroling, wassailing, mumming, and a Lord of Misrule to oversee it all are in the recipe for the revels. But one of the queen's kitchen staff is found as dead as the ornate peacock he was preparing for the feast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery filled with Elizabethan traditions !

  • By Byron on 11-17-13

In the tradition of good historical who-done-its

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Queene's Christmas to be better than the print version?

It was difficult to not be distracted when driving & listening to the start of each chapter as they begin with a 'trad' recipe for the delectables of Christmas. Harper's series of mysteries are delightful and tickle the mind wondering as you go about what is fact and what is fiction. At the end there is always a summary to put any worries to rest. I applaud her ability to weave a good story around figures known and not. It made the hours of driving go by in a flash (and prompted some follow up research into Elizabethan culinary history).

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This was not a cliff hanger, per se, but this was not a problem as it did make you think about who-do-it and a motive.

What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It was well narrated without being too dramatic or, worse, monotonic.

  • Gulp

  • Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,815
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,821

Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome, quirky read!

  • By Heather on 06-24-14

And I thought I knew a lot about the gut

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-13

What made the experience of listening to Gulp the most enjoyable?

There was certainly lots of material presented in this book going from orifice to orifice. Just when I felt something was too awful to contemplate I was grabbed by some interesting bits of information that made me re think our cultural taboos.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gulp?

Learning that the eating of feces by several species is a biological necessity.

Which character – as performed by Emily Woo Zeller – was your favorite?

There were no "characters" per se - just a travel from mouth to anus via nutritional, physiological, anthropological, pathological and historical perspectives.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were several reactions, from being grossed out, shocked, amazed and amused - all of which contributed to making this an engrossing experience.

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