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V. M. Blais

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  • A Thousand Acres

  • By: Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 271

Three daughters and their husbands are pulled into a tangle of love, jealousy, and fear when their father, Larry Cook, grows too old to manage the family's fertile thousand-acre farm. As each couple struggles with their own tragedies and challenges, they know their father is judging them in light of the weighty inheritance that hovers within their reach.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • good book bad reader

  • By C. Carlson on 08-07-08

Still a tragedy.

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

I kept hoping for a less than tragic finale. Difficult to watch family disorder.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Fats

  • Why Omega-3s Were Removed from the Western Diet and What We Can Do to Replace Them
  • By: Susan Allport
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

A nutritional whodunit that takes readers from Greenland to Africa to Israel, The Queen of Fats gives a fascinating account of how we have become deficient in a nutrient that is essential for good health: the fatty acids know as omega-3s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opener about fats, weight and health!

  • By Eric on 12-22-11

Fats finally comprehendible...

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

Chose this book because I thought Tavia's voice would carry me through some boring science, but found the writing, the stories AND the information, although enhanced by Tavia's skilled voice, were a combination which kept me listening. Have already changed my food choices because of this book.

  • For the Time Being

  • By: Annie Dillard
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

From Annie Dillard, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and one of the most compelling writers of our time, comes For the Time Being, her most profound narrative to date. With her keen eye, penchant for paradox, and yearning for truth, Dillard renews our ability to discover wonder in life’s smallest—and often darkest—corners.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Many mispronunciations

  • By Kathy Paterson on 01-21-13

Dillard's genius continues

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-15

So wide ranging, without losing the thread. Fascinating facts and or personal observation/insight. Excellent reader.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night

  • By: Barbara J. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night opens on September 4, 1913, two months after the Fourth of July tragedy. Owen, the girls' father, "turns to drink" and abandons his family. Their mother Grace falls victim to the seductive powers of Grief, an imagined figure who has seduced her off-and-on since childhood. Violet forms an unlikely friendship with Stanley Adamski, a motherless outcast who works in the mines as a breaker boy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1913 PA Mining Town, Lives Marked by Tragedy

  • By Debbie on 07-27-16

Characters Pull You In

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

These people and their lives in turn- of-20th century coal- mining town, show privations and courage required to face them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful