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text 2020-05-11 19:44
Pretty psyched!


When I first opened OF MICE AND MINESTRONE I went through the front matter as I usually do. I was so excited when I saw this:



 There I am, quoted directly after the quote from Rambo's creator, David Morrell!!


How psyched was I?  Pretty. Damn. Psyched!

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review 2020-05-07 19:00
ETHAN FROME by Edith Wharton, narrated by Christopher Lane
Ethan Frome - Edith Wharton

I'm not sure why I thought this would be a pleasant, happy story. It is Edith Wharton after all!


I've loved her work since I first read The House of Mirth and she lived a good portion of her time in Massachusetts, which is my home state. When I saw I could listen to the audio free through Prime, I downloaded it and here I am.


Written in the early 1900's, the story takes place in the fictional town of Starkfield. It's one of the few tales from Wharton that does not take place in a location of high society. It's the story of a simple man, whose life plans change so that he can care for his ailing father. Rather impulsively, he marries a sickly woman to avoid being alone after his father passes. A few years later his wife's young cousin comes to stay and their lives will change forever.


I never expected this tale to go in the way it did. It was sad and tragic for everyone involved. It's amazing to me that Wharton was capable of packing so much into a relatively short story. Perhaps it is dated in regards to its setting, but the emotions and the characters involved are still perfectly relatable in today's day and age.


I have a volume of Wharton's ghost stories that I hope to read soon. In the meantime, I will be thinking of the cold town of Starkfield and Ethan's fate.

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review 2019-07-17 22:30
SHADOW DIVERS by Robert Kurson, narrated by Michael Pritchard
Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII (audiobook) - Robert Kurson


Finding the book Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon incredibly entertaining and informative, I took the recommendation of a friend and put this one on hold at my library.


I downloaded the audio version and I didn't care for the narrator quite as much as I did with ROCKET MEN. (I see now there is a version narrated by Campbell Scott! That was not available at my library.)  Also, this version seemed to have been adapted from CDs because everyone once in a while the narrator announced to go to the next one. Lastly, the quality of the recording wasn't that great either- it sounded static-y at times.


Audio portion aside, this was an extremely informative book regarding deep sea diving. After reading this, I now know that it's something I will never do. I can't even walk around above ground without stubbing toes and running into things. During a deep sea dive, any stumble, any unsure footing could and probably will result in death. As would snagging your line, rubbing up against something abrasive, running out of air or resurfacing too soon. And I haven't even mentioned narcosis yet.


I also learned a lot about history and history books, in general. Turns out a lot of the time, the facts you think you know are not the facts. Just ask the divers in this book who worked for YEARS trying to identify the German U-boat they found off the Jersey shore. They worked tirelessly to discover where the boat came from, who was on it, etc...


Overall, I found this book interesting and informative and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subjects I mentioned above.


*Thank you to my local library for the free download! Libraries RULE!

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review 2018-12-18 18:45
The Queen: Aretha Franklin - Mikal Gilmore,Adenrele Ojo


Why not try a free Audible original about Aretha Franklin? That was my thought and I'm glad I did try it, though it wasn't exactly what I expected.


I was a Rolling Stone subscriber for decades, (until they put the Boston marathon bomber on the cover, but that's another story.) One of the things I miss about the magazine is the in-depth articles on musicians and singers, which is what I thought this would be.


It turned out to be like an article, yes, and a very well researched one at that. It's my fault for thinking that, since this is an audiobook, samples of her music or even full songs would be included. They're not. Also, this isn't as much of an in-depth look of her life so much as it is a look at her musical life. Which isn't a bad thing, I just expected more.


Side note: *I just discovered that Mikal Gilmore is actually the brother of Gary Gilmore, the subject of the book THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG. How did I not know that?*


Anyway, this was free and as such I can't complain. Thanks, Audible!



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text 2018-08-24 18:30
I ask your forgiveness in advance

because my sense of humor is juvenile at times, and I could not resist posting this:


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