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Nancy tomlinson

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  • A Spool of Blue Thread

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,902
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,912

"It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon..." This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From a LONG Time Anne Tyler fan

  • By S. Elder on 09-29-15

Sorry, Hated it

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I did begrudgingly listen to the whole thing , because I wanted to give A.T . the benefit of the doubt. So far as I was concerned it didn't redeem itself. Not liking the narrator didnt help either but I doubt very much I would have made it reading. Characters vapid and undeveloped, story line? not much there either... Ugh feel like I wasted my time

  • Words Are My Matter

  • Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, with a Journal of a Writer’s Week
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

A must-listen collection, Words Are My Matter is a manual for investigating the depth and breadth of contemporary fiction - and, through the lens of deep considerations of contemporary writing, a way of exploring the world we are all living in. "We need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximize corporate profit and advertising revenue is not the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE URSULA!

  • By Nancy tomlinson on 10-23-18

LOVE URSULA!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-18

you have to have a hard core interest in what interests Ursula. But I do! I find her writing and opinions fascinating ...Found some obscure books I cant wait to read

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,540
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,236
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,087

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Unique and Disturbing Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-18

Excruciating memoir and coming of age story. I enjoyed it very much but it's not for the faint of heart.

  • Pachinko

  • By: Min Jin Lee
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,647

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By erin on 12-11-17

Very Unusual and Engrossing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-18

If you like long yarns, this ones for you, Strong characters, amazing story following a family through generations. I was really unschooled on this time in history and I learned a lot and never lost interest

  • The Adventures of Augie March

  • By: Saul Bellow
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 341

Augie is a poor but exuberant boy growing up in Chicago during the Depression. While his friends all settle into chosen professions, Augie demands a special destiny. He tests out a wild succession of occupations, proudly rejecting each as too limiting - until he tangles with the glamorous perfectionist Thea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful reader

  • By Sarah on 02-07-11

Exceptional

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-15

So pertinent even after all this time.
Amazing complex but accessible prose - doesn't seem as dated as it should - also - funny!

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