Thursday, April 19, 2018

CAROLINE - Little House, Revisited

Front Cover

Author- Sarah Miller
Performed by- Elizabeth Marvel

This title caught my eye since I love all things Laura Ingalls Wilder!  Of course, I had read the original Little House book set as a child and then to my children.  I grew up on the prairie in Western South Dakota just a few miles from where my Great-grandmother Elizabeth Ingalls Staked a Homesteading Claim at the age of 17.  Naturally, I was intrigued by the different view of Laura’s mother Caroline in this story.  I knew the basic story already but I was drawn into Caroline’s world.  What a different perspective than what Laura had written from.  It was so enjoyable to listen to this book.  Elizabeth Marvel does an excellent job with changing her voice for the different characters and her singing does not hurt your ears!  It was easy to feel like you were riding in the covered wagon along with the Ingalls’ family or helping fight a prairie fire to save their home and family with only burlap sacks and a wash tub of water.  I really enjoyed this book!  I was disappointed with the end of the book though.  The author had drawn me into the story’s detailed progression and then just wrapped it all up in such an abrupt manner.  It was like hitting the bottom of a French fry container with no warning and no extra fry that had escaped.  But alas, maybe I just wanted the book to keep going.  So, check it out and enjoy!  Let me know what you think of it.  

Thursday, March 8, 2018

CAPITAL GAINES Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

Cover image for Capital Gaines [sound recording (CD book)] : smart things I learned doing stupid stuff
Written By – Chip Gaines
Performed  By – Chip & Joanna Gaines,
     Melinda Paul, Rachel Agee & Gabe Wicks

Chip and Joanna Gaines have become common household names, for those who have cable or satellite and love home remodel reality shows.  I have been out of the loop on this and have only seen tabloid headlines about this couple.  I would not have chosen to listen to this book on my own but it was recommended by one of my Campbell County Public Library co-workers.  I really enjoyed this selection.  It was easy to listen to, easy to pick up where I left off on my commute to and from work, and it had information that I found useful so it was a winner all the way around.  Chip came across as genuinely ‘real’.  Letting us get a glimpse of his less than perfect decisions and how they helped form him into a better business man, husband, and father.  Definitely check this out for an encouraging listen.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

George Washington's Secret Six- The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution

George Washington's Secret Six audiobook cover art

Written By-  Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger
Narrated By- Brian Kilmeade

Well, February has now come and nearly gone.  I decided not to do lace and hearts for this month's selection.  Instead, I began thinking about President's Day and found this book about our first President.  I really enjoyed this story about espionage that helped our new country escape the strong arm of the British crown.  I was drawn into the story that referred to Revolutionary War history that I was familiar with and filled in the gaps with little-known facts of the Secret Six.  I really liked a quote from the book's Epilogue.  An observation of a British Major George Beckwith:"Washington did not really outfight the British, he simply outspied us!"  I encourage you to try this book out.  We have this book in audio CD and digital download for your listening pleasure and of course in regular book form also.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Simply Clean

Simply Clean
Author - Becky Rapinchuk
Narrator - Madeleine Maby

Starting out the New Year with a how-to book on cleaning our home seemed mildly appropriate after the craziness of the holidays.  The author claims to be house cleaning challenged but she comes across super enthused about getting her cleaning done each day, week, month…  Though I don’t think her “method” is quite original, having read books from Fly Lady, Chaos to Clean and several others that use a daily, weekly, monthly, etc. cleaning schedule.  She has an upbeat and energetic view on keeping your house clean.  Don’t confuse this with how to clear clutter from your home.  She does not go into great detail like other authors have done in how to clear your clutter, just that you need to do it.  So, fair warning if you are needing more guidance on the clutter front.  Sometimes the audio was stilted because she was reading a check list, which is not exactly great literature.  The great part is that you do not have to create your own lists by just listening to the book.  She has lovely PDF forms that can be downloaded and printed from the last CD for a quick start in your cleaning adventure.  Here is a link to our library holding.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Hello 2018!

Well, hello there!  
First, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Aurora, I work in the Circulation and Children’s Department of the Campbell County Public Library in Gillette, WY.  I plan to post new articles each month featuring audio books from our library collection.  It will stretch across our library from children’s, junior’s, YA, and adult selections.  It will even go outside our doors to the “cloud”, where we will talk about downloadable e-audiobooks from Overdrive, Cloud Library and RBdigital that we have subscriptions to.   We will look at fiction and non-fiction books including biographies, new acquisitions and classic favorites. Feel free to make respectful comments and submit requests for future selections.

Friday, October 28, 2016

No One Knows by Ellison, J. T.

A husband goes missing one night and five years later is legally declared dead.  This is a fast paced thriller.  If you are looking for a book that is on the same lines as Girl on a Train, or Gone Girl, this book will be a great read for you.  It is one of those stories that you don’t want to stop listening to.  So if you are looking for a great thriller, pick this one up. 

I thought I would do something a little different today and tell you what is on my radar for books to listen to that I think you will enjoy. 

  • The Fireman by Joe Hill 
    I have started reading this one and do plan on listening to the narrator just to see how the he is good in this book.  I am hooked! This book is great!  I have also heard buzz that it will be made into a movie.  It definitely makes me want to forget all adult responsibilities.
  • The Wayward Pines series by Blake Crouch
    Series order  1) Pines 2) Wayward 3) Last Town
    This is a TV series which I did not know, so I will be going back and watching this show after I listen to the series.  So far, the narrator is amazing in this series. If you like a thriller with a little sci-fi twist you will want to check out the Book on CD. 
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
    This book has been getting a lot of buzz and I am really excited to try it out.  It is next on my list after I finish The Fireman. 
  • Not here yet, but on order is: Couple Next Door by Shari LapeƱa is also on my list.  How well do you know who lives next to you?  This one I think will be an edge of your seat suspense. 
  • The View From the Cheap Seats Neil Gaiman is a phenomenal narrator and he narrates his own book.  A coworker has told me how much she is enjoying it, so I will be picking it up as well. 

If you have not listened to Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey, it is an excellent series that you may really enjoy.  It is currently 5 books into the series with the 6th book coming out in December.  One that I have blogged about in the past Red Rising by Pierce Brown you should pick it up if you haven’t already.  It is a trilogy.  Another trilogy that you will find yourself sitting in the car wishing you had somewhere else to go, is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  Game of Thrones also has one of the best narrators.  If you have not listened to this series it is another great one.  Let me know what you think.  Do you like seeing what is on my listening list?  What would you like to see?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Mother, Can you NOT?

by Kate Siegel

This book had me laughing so hard at times with a mother daughter duo that have a very interesting relationship.  The stories in this book made grateful that my mom is not CRAZY.  If your mother is anything like Kate Siegel’s mother, I am sorry in advance.  You probably have some interesting stories of your own, but have you ever considered writing a book about it?  There are some embarrassing moments for her, which left me picking up my jaw from the floor a couple times.  Other times I laughed to tears.  This book is narrated by the author and her mother, which makes it very captivating and fast moving.  Some of the stories I bet my dad would be glad he did not have to deal with (kind of embarrassing).  I don’t want to give anything away, but if you want a good laugh, or just want to have a new appreciation for your own mother check this audiobook out.