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Champlain Mom

New York
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  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Poeppel
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

Despite her innate ambition and summa cum laude smarts, Kate Pearson has turned into a major slacker. After being dumped by her handsome French "almost fiancé", she abandons her grad school plans and spends her days lolling on the couch, leaving her apartment only when a dog-walking gig demands it. Her friends don't know what to do other than pass tissues and hope for a comeback while her practical sister, Angela, pushes every remedy she can think of, from trapeze class to therapy to job interviews.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For fans of "Where'd You Go, Bernadette ?"

  • By RueRue on 01-16-17

Entertaining Romp

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

Witty, satisfying and intelligent story about twenty-somethings coming of age. Highly recommended!
A long car ride flew by.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Freedom

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,681
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,303

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable book. Really liked the narration.

  • By R. Spangler on 12-13-10

Repellent, tedious slog

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-10

While David LeDoux's narration brings all that could be brought to this book, his nuanced reading can't make these self-obsessed, sexually preoccupied, windbag characters more interesting. The cold, hopeless rants that comprise the bulk of the book made me feel sad to be a human being. Had I not been trapped with the book on a long car ride, I would have given up far sooner.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Little Blog on the Prairie

  • By: Cathleen Davitt Bell
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

Gen's family is more comfortable spending time apart than together. Then Gen's mom signs them up for Camp Frontiera vacation that promises the "thrill" of living like 1890s pioneers. Forced to give up all of her modern possessions, Gen nevertheless manages to email her friends back home about life at "Little Hell on the Prairie", as she's renamed the camp. But it turns out frontier life isn't without its good points, like the cute boy who lives in the next clearing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing and fun story for range of ages

  • By Champlain Mom on 07-04-10

Absorbing and fun story for range of ages

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-10

This wonderful novel kept my 8, 11 and 14 year old daughters equally happy on a long road trip. The 14 year old identified with Gen's unhappy predicament and the logic of wanting to stay connected to her friends via texting; the younger two were completely caught up in the "prairie" experience, and enjoyed assuming the roles of Gavin and Gen for days after we listened to the book. The deft descriptions of pioneer life were fun and then often suddenly moving without seeming heavy-handed. Nora made a great villain. The book was neither too earnest nor too ironic, a subtle area that my children adore.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful