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Take Me With You
- By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
- Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
- Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go. What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip - and the bonds that develop between them- would prove....
Gripping, brilliantly heartwarming,thoughtful!
- By Jeffrey on 07-25-14
A Heartwarming Journey Through Life
What made the experience of listening to Take Me With You the most enjoyable?
Oh geez, everything. Watching August's life change for the better and the worse was captivating, as was listening to the boys analyze situations and learn to adjust to what life threw at them.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Probably August as he was such a caring, thoughtful person. It's always nice to see a book where the person caring for children and having a positive impact on their lives is a man.
Which scene was your favorite?
The ending, but I don't want to say why as I don't want to provide spoilers. I will say it left me satisfied with how things turned out. It can be hard to write a good ending but Catherine Hyde succeeded.
If you could take any character from Take Me With You out to dinner, who would it be and why?
August. He's probably in my age range and I think he'd be a fine catch. Ummm, that was the meaning behind the question, yes?
Any additional comments?
The book focuses on the relationship between August and two boys (Seth and Henry), as well as the relationship between the boys and their alcoholic father. The story progresses through various phases of these relationships and shows how the characters change over time. Much of this change is due to the interactions between the four people, and by the time I was well into the third part of the book it felt as though I'd known these characters for many years. Some of the dialogue is of the mundane everyday chitchat you might have with a family member, but there were many parts of the book where I stopped whatever I was doing just to better take in the scene. The wide variety of conversations gave the book a more realistic feeling, as though I was actually on the road with August, Seth, and Henry. I thought the book had several slow points in the first 2 hours or so, and I had debated whether it was worth continuing, but having listened to the entire thing I'm incredibly glad I stayed with it. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed and was touched by the story.
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Three Degrees from Justice
- By: John Bobo
- Narrated by: Daniel Dorse
- Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
Jack Henley is not who he appears to be. After his fiance is killed by a man on early release, Jack goes on a dark crusade to fix the criminal justice system. In the courthouse, he is a respected state prosecutor, but after work, he’s a member of a victims support group trying to end the state-sanctioned catch-and-release program.
- By denni higbie on 06-04-14
Filled with suspense, drama, and a bit of humor
Would you consider the audio edition of Three Degrees from Justice to be better than the print version?
No idea, as I didn't read the print version. However, I'd recommend the audio version just to listen to Daniel Dorse's spectacular performance.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Degrees from Justice?
(NO SPOILERS!) I finished this audiobook a few days ago and there are still many moments that stand out. However, I don't want to describe any of them as I'd rather people experience them for the first time on their own. But I will say here were so many memorable moments that I will probably listen to this audiobook again several months from now despite knowing how it ends, even though I have never listened to an audiobook twice. The book is just that good.
What about Daniel Dorse’s performance did you like?
He did a great job with the different voices, and there was never any confusion over which character he was portraying. At first I wasn't sure what I'd think about his soft yet gruff voice, but I quickly became used to it and his voice seemed to be a good fit for this novel. The only problem I had was when listening to the audiobook in my loud car. There were a few times where Dorse's voice was almost in a whisper, yet the action in the book required a louder voice, such as a character yelling. I had to adjust the volume a few times to keep the quieter and louder voices at decent levels. Overall I loved his performance and would buy his audiobooks in the future.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes!! I wanted to finish it shortly after I started listening, but at the same time I didn't want it to end since I knew the author hadn't written any other books of this nature. I forced myself to drag it out over a period of a few days just to delay the gratification of listening to it.
Any additional comments?
Although "Three Degrees from Justice" is partly about a man's desire for revenge and justice, it's also about his attempts to cope with the grief he experiences after his beloved fiance dies. He is filled with anguish but doesn't realize it, and this leads him to doing things he otherwise would not do. Character development was superb, as were the action scenes and the building of suspense.
I was surprised this was the author's first fiction book, but I was also saddened to see this is the author's ONLY fiction book. For what seems to be a first entry in this genre, John Bobo did a marvelous job creating a protagonist the reader will care about. He used his experience in the courtroom to create scenes seemingly representative of the judicial system without using terms that would confuse the average person. The legal scenes were interesting and helped advance the storyline without adding unnecessary characters or events.
While listening to this book there were many times where I smiled, gasped, laughed, or cried. It's one of the best audiobooks I've listened to, and I can't recommend it enough.
To John Bobo: if you're reading this, please give us more.
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The Back Road
- By: Rachel Abbott
- Narrated by: Sue Pitkin
- Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
In a quiet country village, secrets abound. When young Abbie Campbell is knocked over and left for dead on the back road of the village of Little Melham, waves of shock ripple through the small community, threatening to expose long-kept secrets. For Ellie Saunders, the truth about that night puts both her marriage and the safety of her children in jeopardy - she has to protect her family, no matter what the cost.
Intriguing Mystery in Small English Town
- By Debbie on 01-08-15
Long, but great dialogue and drama
What did you love best about The Back Road?
I most enjoyed the dialogue and relationships between the people. The book's focus is more on dialogue and less on settings or action. Conversations help describe the relationships between the people in the village, and there is a lot of of drama played out via these interactions.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Back Road?
The dinner party. I absolutely loved this scene and thought about it often while listening to the rest of the book. Several characters are introduced in early chapters, and they all attend the same dinner party where much happened via conversation. The author did a great job making me feel like a fly on the wall observing all of the verbal action that was unfolding.
Which character – as performed by Sue Pitkin – was your favorite?
Probably Leo for her emotional strength, even though it was really just a facade hiding a vulnerable interior.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Everyone has a secret.
Any additional comments?
Although the book's summary mentions a girl being hit by a car, there were times during the book when this seemed like a secondary story. Some of the people in the book were involved in questionable activities, and much of the book was focused on that and less on the accident. There were times when listening to the book that I completely forgot there had been an accident. The author does tie everything together in later chapters, however, and I didn't feel there were any parts of the story that were left dangling without sufficient explanations.What would I change? I'd make it shorter as 14 hours for an audiobook is a long time, without removing any of the drama. I'd also probably have removed a few of the story lines as it was confusing at times trying to associate different events with different people. There was a lot happening in this book, both in the present and in the past (mostly via conversations whereby people talked about events that had occurred previously), and some of it likely could have been removed without affecting the story overall. I'd recommend the book or the audiobook (the narrator was splendid) for anyone who likes drama or suspense, and especially for anyone who likes books which focus more on dialogue and less on action or description.
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