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Mount Horeb, WI, USA
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  • Merle's Door

  • Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
  • By: Ted Kerasote
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Labrador mix, while he was on a camping trip. Merle had been living in the wild, and after taking the dog home with him to Wyoming, Kerasote soon realized that Merle could not adjust to inhabiting exclusively the human world. So he put a door in his house to let Merle live both outside and in. A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Audio Book I've ever listened to

  • By John Bonkowski on 07-15-07

One of my Favorites!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-07

This is a wonderful book. I just finished the last 30 minutes of the book while viewing the "Merle Slideshow" on the author's website (www.kerasote.com). I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you have a box of tissues close at hand.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Can't Wait to Get to Heaven

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Life is the strangest thing. One minute, Mrs. Elner Shimfissle is up in her tree, picking figs, and the next thing she knows, she is off on an adventure she never dreamed of, running into people she never in a million years expected to meet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Fannie Flagg

  • By gina on 06-25-07

better if you're a fannie fan

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-06

When I bought this book, I didn't realize that the characters and town were from previous books. I think it makes a big difference in getting into the story. I almost shelved this one after 4 hours because it seemed to be going nowhere. I did persevere and thought it was an enjoyable book, although not great.
The first half of the book is pretty much character study. It felt like I was suppose to like these people and the town (which at first I didn't feel much affinity for either). It takes quite awhile for the story to take-off and as Fannie Flagg always does, she ties-up all the loose ends in the last chapter.
It's cute and if you're a Fannie fan, you're sure to love it. However, if you're not a Fannie fan, I would perhaps start with the other books in the series first or better yet, just listen to Fried Green Tomatoes or A Redbird Christmas.
If you're a fan of Southern fiction and looking for something new, Between Georgia by Josalyn Jackson is a real good one!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • All Over Creation

  • By: Ruth Ozeki
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

Meet Yumi Fuller. A Japanese-American prodigal daughter, Yumi (aka Yummy) is returning home to the Idaho potato farm she ran away from twenty-five years earlier. Then a freewheeling hippie chick, Yumi is now a fairly responsible parent and a professor with a side gig selling lava lots in Hawaii. But can she possibly be prepared to face her dying father, her Alzheimer's-devastated mother, and Cass, the best friend she left behind?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Kimberly Litle on 03-26-04

Couldn't put it down

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-06

I loved this book. Political messages aside, I enjoyed the story, the characters and the narrator.
Now back to politics. I work in agriculture so I hear about GMO's on a daily basis. I think the author did a great job presenting many sides of the issue and the people involved without resorting to taking sides or stereotyping. She actually balanced both sides with characters who ranged from genius to ignorant, some being very amusing to say the least.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Between, Georgia

  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

Nonny Frett understands the meanings of "rock" and "hard place" better than any woman ever born. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy". She's got two men: her husband, who's easing out the back door; and her best friend, who's laying siege to her heart in her front yard. She has a job that holds her in the city, and she's addicted to a little girl who's stuck deep in the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen!

  • By Karen on 02-09-11

A great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-13-06

This was one of the best books I have listened to! Simply put, the story is engaging, more so than the description given. And the reader/author breathes life into the characters. I love the way she does the character "Henry."
This is one of those books that you find yourself "finding" time for. I was glad to do the dishes all week!
I haven't listened to her other book, but it's next on my list and I hope she is working on another!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Holy Cow!

  • An Indian Adventure
  • By: Sarah Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Kate Hosking
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 353

After backpacking her way around India, Sarah Macdonald decides she hates the country with a passion. When a beggar at the airport reads her palm and insists she will one day return, and for love, she screams "Never!" and gives the country, and him, the finger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring and witty

  • By Meredith on 08-09-05

a great listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-06

I read this book prior to getting the audio and have to say that the audio made the book light-up like a Christmas tree! All the Hindu words and pronunciations were brought to life by the narrator, as well as doing a fine job on the author's emotional states as well.
I liked the book but loved the audiobook!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A Little History of the World

  • By: E. H. Gombrich
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661

E. H. Gombrich's world history, an international best seller now available in English for the first time, is a text dominated not by dates and facts but by the sweep of experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements, and an acute witness to its frailties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an enlightening book; very well read

  • By A.B.Oxford on 06-03-06

a good introduction or review

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-06

This short history was intended for German school-aged children. It is a good introduction or review to what is covered in Western history. Yes, there are chapters which include China but this is definitely a Western view.
The tone is wonderful. In the introduction, it is explained that the author wrote each chapter and then read it aloud on Sunday to his fiance. It's such a charming notion.
The author also humbles himself in the last chapter; reminding us that writing history is a difficult task because sometimes what we think is fact can turn out to be fiction.
The narration is excellent.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • The Secret Life of Bees

  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492

Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secret Life of Bees

  • By France on 02-18-03

As good as they say!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-06

I hestitated for a second after reading some of the negative reviews but am happy it was only for a second!
This was a wonderful story with a gifted narrator! The characters came alive with her voice talent but it was the author's characters that made the story!
If you are a Civil Right's history buff, I can see how you might think the story couldn't be true. But if you just want to hear a good story and not analyze too much, then get this one!

  • Accidents of Nature

  • By: Harriet McBryde Johnson
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

It's the summer of 1970. Seventeen-year-old Jean has cerebral palsy, but she's always believed she's just the same as everyone else. She's never really known another disabled person before she arrives at Camp Courage. As Jean joins a community unlike any she has ever imagined, she comes to question her old beliefs and look at the world in a new light. The camp session is only 10 days long, but that may be all it takes to change a life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved this Book!

  • By Michelle on 08-30-06

I Loved this Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-06

I found this book because I really enjoyed the narrator from the Secret Life of Bees. I did a search and found that she also did this book so I took a chance without knowing much about the this particular title.
I loved this book! It is a wonderful portrayal of a teenage girl with cerebral palsy who learns more than she bargained for at a sleep-away camp her parents want her to attend.
I have a son with autism and a Deaf cousin who are both highly-opinionated and intellegent about their "disabilities." They both remind me of the character Sarah who tells us "norms" that the voice of a disabled person can not only be blunt but downright inconvenient!
If you feel sorry for disabled people or pity them, this book is not for you. The author (a disabled woman herself) does not candy-coat the content with politically correct terms. It is an insider's view into a culture that deserves its own voice.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • A Redbird Christmas

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Fannie Flagg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times best-selling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quintessential Fannie Flagg.

  • By Buford on 12-15-04

Charming escape

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-06

This is not only the first Fannie Flagg story I have listened to, it is also the first fiction story I have purchased from Audible. I needed a break from the dry non-fiction I so enjoy (currently listening to The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene).
The story was true to the other reviews I read. It was charming, light and even though somewhat predicatable, it way the easy listen I needed. I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone needing a relaxing escape!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful