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rapid city, SD, USA
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  • The Annunciation of Francesca Dunn

  • A Novel
  • By: Janis Hallowell
  • Narrated by: Tyler Bunch, Kristin Kilian, Beth MacDonald, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

A failed prodigy and child of divorce, Francesca Dunn is also an adolescent like any other, trying to find her identity and figure out her place in the world. One night, Chester, a visionary homeless man (or an insane one, depending on your point of view) "sees" Francesca hovering over the river, bathed in celestial light. Days later, as Francesca serves meals to the needy in a local cafi, Chester falls to his knees before her in adoration.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story, wished for one narrator

  • By Michelle on 05-16-04

OK - but kind of predictable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-05

Our Lady of the Forest by Gutterson is on same theme, but better writing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Himalaya

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

In his most challenging journey to date, Palin tackles the Himalayas, the greatest mountain range on earth. It is a virtually unbroken wall of rock stretching 1,800 miles from the borders of Afghanistan to south-west China. Penetrated but never conquered, it remains the world's most majestic natural barrier, a magnificent wilderness that shapes the history and politics of Asia to this day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It took me far away from home

  • By Martha on 06-19-05

It took me far away from home

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-05

I enjoyed this book once I found the website to follow along. His descriptions are so good - but the pictures and maps on the website really help to follow along.
www.palinstravels.co.uk/index.php

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,053

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio of the year for me

  • By Theresa Ann McIntyre on 06-04-03

One of my all time favorite books

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-05

I love the ending of this book. I love personalizing the ending - or changing the ending. Reading the books is very enjoyable and easy. The ending akes you think!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Getting Mother's Body

  • A Novel
  • By: Suzan-Lori Parks
  • Narrated by: Suzan-Lori Parks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Billy Beede, comes home one day to find a fateful letter waiting for her: Willa Mae's burial is about to be plowed up to make way for a supermarket. As Willa Mae's only daughter, Billy is heiress to her mother's substantial but unconfirmed fortune. Dirt poor, living in a trailer with her Aunt June and Uncle Roosevelt behind a gas station in a tumbleweedy Texas town, and pregnant with an illegitimate child, Billy knows that treasure could mean salvation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just a warning...

  • By Andrew on 07-30-03

Great characters!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-05

this was a fun, fun book. I just love picturing in my mind these wackey people

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  • The Last American Man

  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Patricia Kalember
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

In The Last American Man, Gilbert explores the true story of Eustace Conway, who left his comfortable suburban home at the age of 17 to move into the Appalachian Mountains, where for the last 20 years he has lived, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he trapped, and living off the land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful true story of an American Original

  • By David on 12-03-03

Hard to believe - but I would love to meet him!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-05

A very interesting man - I enjoyed the way the book looked at all aspects of his interesting -both the good and the bad

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Memory of Running

  • By: Ron McLarty
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,526

In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book

  • By Ripp on 02-18-04

I am surprised I liked it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-05

I kept thinking the main character was kind of wierd, but at the same time I really liked listening to his thoughts. Without treating them as victims - it gives a unique point of view on how mental illness affects family members.I did not want it to end - and when it did I wanted a sequal.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Clara Callan

  • By: Richard B. Wright
  • Narrated by: Anne Twomey, Joanna P. Adler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Two sisters, small-town Ontario, 1934. Canadian author Richard Wright tells their story, from the ordinary to the extraoridinary with an eye for the commonplace and poignant sense of the larger undercurrents that change people's lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • charming intimate refreshing

  • By L on 09-10-04

a fresh view of women in the 1930's

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-05

It seems in so many stories of women in the 1930's they are the downtrodden of the depression of America. This is a different view - for both Clara and her sister. Something new and different. I enjoyed the whole book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Train

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Tim Matheson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,514

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On A Whim For Fun

  • By Patti on 09-25-07

too corney

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-20-05

At first I thought the corney humor was light an funny. But it kept on and on.I thought this was just dumb and predictable. Disappoiting,too, and one of my favorite authors

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Split Second

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,735

Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not a bad read

  • By David on 11-14-03

as usual - a good author - a good book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-05

I like this author's plot twists and turns. Always intriguing. The female characters a little predictable, but still a good listen.

  • Life Expectancy

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New life for Koontz

  • By MarDin on 09-05-05

Fun - but kind of corney

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-05

I liked this ok.However, the strange occupations, unusual family members, whacky statements that in the beginning were quirky and funny soon became corney and dumb.Though I usually like the long version, this one I would suggest abbriged. Not the best by this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful