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  • The Wilder Life

  • My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
  • By: Wendy McClure
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

Wendy McClure is on a quest to find the world of beloved Little House on the Prairie author Laura Ingalls Wilder - a fantastic realm of fiction, history, and places McClure has never been to yet somehow knows by heart. She traces the pioneer journey of the Ingalls family - looking for the Big Woods among the medium trees in Wisconsin, wading in Plum Creek, and enduring a prairie hailstorm in South Dakota. She immerses herself in all things Little House - exploring the story from fact to fiction, and from the TV shows to the annual summer pageants in Laura’s hometowns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gets My Vote For Worst Narrator!

  • By N. Verity on 11-13-12

Bad audio editing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-17

There are so many chopped syllables and even phrases that I just gave up. It might be an interesting book.

  • A Wilder Rose

  • By: Susan Wittig Albert
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

The Little House books, which chronicled the pioneer adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, are among the most beloved books in the American literary canon. Lesser known is the secret, concealed for decades, of how they came to be. Now, best-selling author Susan Wittig Albert reimagines the fascinating story of Laura's daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, an intrepid world traveler and writer who returned to her parents' Ozark farm, Rocky Ridge, in 1928.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Author Chose Her Angle And Ran With It

  • By Sara on 11-27-15

For Laura fans only, I think

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

It's hard to give a rating to this book. I really liked it, but it has some significant flaws. Long sections of historical context seem poorly integrated and dreadfully similar to research notes. The structure is clunky, moving back and forth between Rose narrating in first person as she experiences events and an omniscient third person as she tells the story to a young friend many years later. The performance, which makes plentiful use of accents and voices, is at times grating but always expressive and engaging. I loved it, despite the flaws.

  • Cork Dork

  • A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
  • By: Bianca Bosker
  • Narrated by: Bianca Bosker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898

Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker didn’t know much about wine - until she discovered an alternate universe where taste reigns supreme, a world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor. Astounded by their fervor and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, she set out to uncover what drove their obsession and whether she, too, could become a “cork dork”.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not educational

  • By Blake Brasher on 10-14-17
  • Cork Dork
  • A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
  • By: Bianca Bosker
  • Narrated by: Bianca Bosker

Why are so many syllables clipped off?

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

This is an interesting book, read intelligently by the author, but nearly ruined in production. Good Lord! For some reason, not only initial phonemes are frequently missing, but fairly frequently, entire syllables at the beginning of a phrase. It rarely impedes understanding the text, but it does on occasion. Otherwise, it's just like reading a good book with many typos. If you don't notice, good. If you do, you'll be pulling your hair out.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Deaf Sentence
    
    
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        David Lodge
    
    


    
    
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        Steven Crossley
    
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    16 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Deaf Sentence

  • By: David Lodge
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I will have to buy a hard copy of this

  • By patrish on 04-13-14

I will have to buy a hard copy of this

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

Reviewed: 04-13-14

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.

  • Last Wool and Testament

  • A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Molly MacRae
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 396

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

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a good mystery

  • By Beatrice on 12-02-12

Not even light reading

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

Reviewed: 05-26-13

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.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

  • A Memoir of Going Home
  • By: Rhoda Janzen
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 182

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's OK

  • By Dotty on 01-05-10

You can't take the Mennonite out of the girl

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

Reviewed: 05-16-13

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.

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,443

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....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Did not enjoy the whinny quality of this book.

  • By Sharon Blunk on 11-29-17

Smart and funny

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

Reviewed: 05-16-13

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 3 people found this review helpful

  • Double Fudge

  • By: Judy Blume
  • Narrated by: Judy Blume
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

"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!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good family entertainment

  • By patrish on 04-25-12

Good family entertainment

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,096

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's over, it's finally over!

  • By Fly Fisher on 03-06-17

Engaging, and thank heavens, not gruesome

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

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 2 people found this review helpful

Knitting Lessons
    Tales from the Knitting Path
    
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        Lela Nargi
    
    


    
    
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        Julia Olson
    
    


    
    Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
    17 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Knitting Lessons

  • Tales from the Knitting Path
  • By: Lela Nargi
  • Narrated by: Julia Olson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Knitting essays

  • By patrish on 04-25-12

Knitting essays

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

Reviewed: 04-25-12

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