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The Accidental Reader

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  • They May Not Mean To, But They Do

  • A Novel
  • By: Cathleen Schine
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children, Molly and Daniel, would prefer. She won't take their advice, and she won't take an antidepressant. Her marriage to their father, Aaron, has lasted through health and dementia, as well as some phenomenally lousy business decisions. The Bergman clan has always stuck together, growing as it incorporated in-laws, ex-in-laws, and same-sex spouses. But families don't just grow, they grow old.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, Honest

  • By Steve M on 07-14-16

narrator awesome!!!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-18

i will gladly listen to any book by cynthia darlow. she has a voice so expressive. i chose this book solely because she is the narrator

  • Grand Teton National Park, Audio Tour

  • An Insider’s Guide
  • By: Nancy Rommes, Donald Rommes
  • Narrated by: Lisa Dillingham
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Grand Teton National Park owes its spectacular scenery to earthquakes. Born of earthquakes and sculpted by ice, it’s an active and dynamic landscape. It boasts the youngest and steepest mountain range in the Rockies, contains some of the oldest rocks on earth, features glaciers, glacier-carved lakes, sagebrush flats, abundant and visible wildlife and a myriad of wildflowers.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sickening and Preachy

  • By The Accidental Reader on 07-13-11

Sickening and Preachy

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-11

Some good information is presented, but the narrator sounds like she is addressing a class at nursery school. Her insipid cadence is so annoying and insulting that my family demanded we turn it off after only about ten minutes. (I listened to the rest via headphones so as not to bother them). The first half is a follow-the-route tour, while the second half is devoted to general information. This should be reversed. Most buyers (those who want to force themselves to get through the juvenile voicing) will want to hear the general information. Few are going to want to listen to the route tour, because few are going to be driving that particular direction (south to north). The good parts are the snippets of dialog spoken by the geologists and the naturalists. But if you detest audio directed at very young children, you can probably skip this purchase, and just pick up that information in books. At the end of the presentation, the kindergarten-teacher type narrator lays on the political invective. The writers probably THINK they are giving both sides of the story. After all, they have told us all the good things about keeping the planet as natural as possible. And now they tell us the bad things about letting humans do with property as they wish. Case made. Slam dunk! They end by asking "which side are you on?" With zero discussion of liberty or what creates the prosperity which Americans expect, naturally the writers expect their infantilized audience to eat up their argument without asking a single question. I would recommended not purchasing this audio unless you happen to have a family full of very small children and you are prepared to offer some counterpoint to the preachy part at the end.

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