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Jschultzems

Joined September 2016

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11/22/63: A Novel | Stephen King
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(Disclaimer: listened to Audio) Not a typical King thriller, but a real mind game! This is a huge book (long listen) but well worth it! Weaving in real-world history with a bit of fiction and “what could‘ve been” really makes for an intriguing story. I found myself researching names and topics throughout, to learn more about what was true and what was King. And while the ending left me feeling a little disappointed, it is the “right” ending.

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(Disclaimer: I listened to the Audio) A deeper look at the decisions we make and why our first impression is almost always the best choice.

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(Disclaimer: I listened to Audio) The legend of the ravens at the Tower of London goes back centuries, and this book sheds light on the history and modern day life of the ravens and those who take care of them, as told by the current Ravenmaster. While I am sure the book is splendid (probably has pictures, too), the audio is performed by the author, adding his British accent to the story in a way that written text never can. A quick, fun read.

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Naked | David Sedaris
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(Disclaimer: I listened to the Audio) An entertaining collection of short stories and essays, full of Sedaris‘ wit and humor.

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(Disclaimer: I listened to the Audio) For fans of history, adventure and treasure hunts, this book will capture you. The search for lost WWII planes and crew, with retrospective narrative about what the crews were going through at the time of being lost. The writing was clear and concise, with a storyline that was hard to turn off.

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A bit predictable but entertaining, nonetheless. Independent girl falls for rich horse guy who turns out to be nicer than his reputation.

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Daddy-Long-Legs | Jean Webster
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An interesting coming-of-age story of an orphan girl who is sent to college by an anonymous benefactor, whom she is required to write letters to as repayment. The entire book is a collection of those one-sided letters, revealing a girl-come-woman with a bit of a predictable ending. Reads quickly, and the format makes it easy to pick up and put down in between other tasks.

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Ghostman | Roger Hobbs
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Disclaimer - listened to the audiobook. I really enjoyed this story. Just enough suspense to keep it interesting, although the middle did seem a little repetitive in plot. Made for a great commute listen.

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Disclaimer - I listened to the audiobook. A beautiful memoir of a son and his mother as they read their way through the trials and hardship of cancer treatments. I will be buying this book to read again, and to highlight and note the vast list of books discussed.

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A nicely written and illustrated book for those looking to get into urban sketching, offering lesson-style assignments to help you learn the different aspects of on-scene drawing one sketch at a time.

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Disclaimer - I listened to the audiobook. A great kids book on Pluto, the planets, and a basic explanation for why Pluto is no longer considered a full planet. Very quick read but full of fun facts and written in a way to keep a child entertained.

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A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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Disclaimer - I listened to the audiobook. I could not and did not finish this book. The characters were too absurd, the writing felt scattered, and the story did not capture me at all. I couldn‘t even tell you what the plot line was - it was that random.

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Disclaimer - I listened to the audiobook. This book was difficult to finish. Yes, it‘s about hockey and other things and is probably a very real story in certain towns, but the writing repeats and repeats and repeats. And the ending was wholly unsatisfying, like a page limit was set and the story needed to end in the next half-page.

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Disclaimer - I listened to the audiobook. This one took some time to get used to. The narration changes perspective with each chapter and while “clear”, is sometimes hard to follow what‘s going on. Ultimately, I enjoyed the book, though. Well written and good scene building.

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Disclaimer - I listened to the audio. I really wanted to like this book. It is well-written with beautiful prose and descriptive scene building. But there really isn‘t a story line. Chapter to chapter skips decades of time. And how much “story” can there be about a guy trapped in a hotel? Kept waiting for something to “happen” or to tie it all together, but it ends fairly abruptly and anti-climatically. I know others loved it, but I did not.

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Disclaimer - I listened to the audiobook. This was an interesting read, the author exploring how small changes in statistical values can reap huge shifts in outcomes. I feel I need to re-read to let certain aspects absorb better but overall, a good and quick read.

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1984 | George Orwell
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Disclaimer - I listened to the audiobook. Read this because everyone talked about it when Trump got elected. It was ok. I see the dystopian view of things being portrayed, but also see the faults in how the world collapsed as it did. The writing as a whole was good, with just enough details to paint the world.

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Disclaimer - listened to the audiobook. For all the rave reviews his book got, I was a bit disappointed. I‘ve read a few other books on similar subject and didn‘t really garner much new from this book. The audio was hard to follow and the text repeats itself a lot, or changes subject fairly quick, seemingly without finishing the previous topic. Maybe I just need to read the text slowly to “get it”.

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Disclaimer - I listened to the audiobook. I have mixed feelings about this book. It was more relationship story than science or lab story, which is fine, but I think I expected more of the lab experiment story than it was. The tone of the narration was mostly down and depressing, but maybe reading it would yield a different take. I enjoyed the book but it wasn‘t what I had expected.

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Hatchet (Reissue) | Gary Paulsen
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(Disclaimer-Listened to audiobook) This was an odd book to listen to. It wasn‘t written for audio, so some of the text-formatting doesn‘t transfer nicely. That said, the story is simple and easy to follow, but given it‘s written for children, it‘s about what was expected.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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(Disclaimer: listened to audiobook) this is a beautiful book. The author captures your imagination, painting the scene in your mind and putting you in the story. I felt every emotion out there. laugh. cry. angry beyond words. worry. The narration was outstanding. Now for the bad... none of the reviews I read told me this was a story about domestic violence. Had I known, I would not have read it. I won‘t read it again, but I‘m glad I did once.

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(Disclaimer - I listened to the audio) This is a fantastic story of an aging Sherlock Holmes and his young partner. The story flows quickly and the author has a fantastic way of creating visual imagery. I found myself laughing aloud often and will certainly read this again!

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats | Jan-Philipp Sendker
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(Disclaimer: listened to the audio) this was a fantastic story of true love, beyond the physical attraction most call love. The story follows a young lady as she searches for her father and discovers a love greater than words. The story and scene-detailing are beautifully done and the entire book kept me captivated. The audio added some emotional queues and was really well-done.

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For anyone remotely interested in birding as a hobby and especially competitive birding, this book is a must-read. Filled with a great balance of birding tips and wild stories, the entertainment value was spot-on while also inspiring others to go after their own version of a Big Year.

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Disclaimer: listened to the audiobook. Wasn‘t sure what this book was about at first. It‘s a collection of essays portraying the author‘s quirky sense of humor and lifestyle. Not always the most entertaining but a nice break from long novels.

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The Clockwork Dynasty | Daniel H. Wilson
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Disclaimer: listened to the audiobook. Loved this book! A captivating story about human-like robots that move among us undetected and the battle for survival they are enduring. Highly recommended.

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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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Disclaimer: I listened to the audiobook. I am ignorant to all but the movie speculation when it comes to falconry, or in this case, Hawk-ery. I am not sure if this book is entirely factual, or if some fiction works into it, but it was an interesting and entertaining listen.

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Peterson Guide to Bird Identificationin 12 Steps | Steve N. G. Howell, Brian L. Sullivan
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Reviewed for a friend, with intent of gifting it to a younger new birder. The info is written in a way that aims at new birders, but is not elementary in itself, meaning that children may not benefit from the information as much as adults. Some concepts will be hard to portray to a child, such as habitat diffs or how bird plumage changes with the seasons. But for what it is, the book is a wealth of information and I will surely buy a copy.

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Disclaimer: I listened to the audiobook. Having seen the movie years ago, I was curious about the book. A great listen, offering more factual information than the movie, and with a surprise ending. Highly recommend.

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Disclaimer: I listened to the audiobook. Was a library-recommended book, but is completely British-based, so many of the birds are not in the U.S. Also in written form, is most likely an actual field guide, which is awkward in audiobook.

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Disclaimer: I listened to the audiobook. A fascinating look at the dark underworld of feather usage and what some will do to obtain rarities. The storyline moves quickly between historical and more present-time based stories, making it flow smoothly. Really enjoyed this book.

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Disclaimer: I listened to the audiobook. This book takes a good look at the lack of adventures in nature in current society and what consequences come with that, listing facts and research and some new efforts to reintroduce humans to nature on a more frequent basis. Very informative, if not dry at times. The audiobook lacks sound level control, the narrator often speaking low enough that I was unable to hear what was being said.

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This unique book is full of witty cartoons, portraying different aspects and facts of the natural world in a humorous method. My only real critique is that the book is so small that the cartoons are next to impossible to read. I would‘ve paid extra for a large-format book where I didn‘t need a magnifying glass to read the small cartoon text.

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Good Birders Don't Wear White: 50 Tips From North America's Top Birders | Bill Thompson, Scott Weidensaul, Kenn Kaufman, Tim Gallagher, Lillian Stokes, David Sibley, Don Stokes, Julie Zickefoose
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This is a great compilation of essays written by birding‘s notable and noteworthy. While some essays were brief or vague, I enjoyed the ability to have short readings sessions, making the book easily accessible in quick moments of free time. Definitely with the effort for anyone interested in birding.

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(Disclaimer: listened to the audio) This is my second or third NdT book and I enjoy his writing very much. I also enjoy when he is the narrator of the audiobook, lending his sense of humor and voice inflection to otherwise dry material. This book was not as concise as previously read books, having a few chapters that felt more like filler material rather than important points to be made, but otherwise, very educational and mostly entertaining.

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(Disclaimer: listened to the audio) This was an odd book, with a twisting storyline that made you question whether the story was in present time or the past often. There is a note that this started as a short story, which makes the abbreviated story make more sense. While details aren‘t lacking, they aren‘t in excess, either, leaving a lot to the imagination. Certainly not a bad book, but also not one I am rushing to re-read.

Tamra I felt like it was uniquely atmospheric. 1y
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Disclaimer: listened to audio. I loved it. While not a gamer, I know enough pop culture to understand the premises. In a crumbling world, society has found refuge in a digital world that blurs reality. The programmer leaves a treasure hunt that will leave the winner the richest, most powerful person ever, so obviously everyone wants to win. Long but well written, worlds are created beautifully, and the action/suspense balanced with the slower.

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(Disclaimer: I listened to the audio) I had heard stories about the Hobbit when I hiked through Maine, so this story intrigued me. The author interviewed the Hobbit numerous times, and pieced together the story of how a man can disappear into the woods and live quite comfortably for decades without being discovered. This book comes across as a bit of a cross between Thoreau‘s Walden and a true crime novel. Definitely an interesting read.

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(Disclaimer: I listened to the audio) I had read this book last year, and was curious how the audio compared At times, the audio is better, with voices and voice inflections. But at other times, you are “read” what a picture says, instead of seeing the sketch, which loses some of the effect. This is a good story, but knowing how it ends made it slightly less dramatic than the first time reading through it.

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Read this graphic novel trying to evaluate the difference between written and drawn stories.

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Mockingjay | Suzzane Collins
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(Disclaimer: I listened to the audio) After reading the first two, I needed to read the last to complete the trilogy. This book wraps up the trilogy nicely, although at times, it felt like the ending was rushed or improvised to come to an end. Some dramatic twists keep it interesting, and bring the story full circle.

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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(Disclaimer: I listened to the audio) This book is becoming an annual read, every time revealing another one liner or quip I didn‘t catch before. If you‘d never read this, or listened to it, do yourself a favor and do it. It will make you want to go hug that grumpy old man at the end of your road.

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Catching Fire | Suzanne Collins
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(Disclaimer: I listened to the audio) After reading the first, I needed to read the second and third to find out what happens. The author draws you into the drama, making you pick favorites and cheer for the team.

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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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Read this book on a recommendation from a friend. The world building is beautifully done, but the storyline seemed ragged. I know there are sequel books written, which may be the reason for this feeling, but I enjoyed the story and will look into the next book.

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The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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(Disclaimer: I listened to the audio) Read this one because I was told I needed to read it before I saw the movie. I liked the author‘s writing style, often leaving you on edge to find out what happens next, and the narration added to the character‘s personalities. The world building is wonderfully done, making you feel like you are right there in the Games.

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Doc | Mary Doria Russell
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(Disclaimer: I listened to the audio) Doc is a story about Doc Holiday, close friend to Wyatt Earp. Part fact, part fiction, and not entirely about Doc, the story maintains momentum but often loses focus as the narrator follows the path of an Earp family member, not coming back to Doc for a chapter or two. I liked the author‘s writing style, and the narration of the audio was great, but I am not sure I will re-read this one.

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Revolution | Jennifer Donnelly
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(Disclaimer: I listened to the audio) Revolution was an odd, but beautifully written, story about a young girl who travels to Paris with her father and in her attempts to revolt against parental guidance, finds friendship, love, and a connection with a girl of similar age from the French Revolution through a diary. Some parts were a bit fantastical, but overall, the book had a good rhythm and proper balance of detail.

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Disclaimer - listened to the audio AND read along. This is the second of Pastor Nadia‘s books I‘ve read and find them full of insight and wisdom, interspersed with her history and story. You don‘t have to be a religious nut to find something useful in her books.

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Disclaimer - listened to the audiobook. This was an odd story, but very well told. The narrator/author pull you in and make you cheer for the protagonist, giving fully descriptive scenes and thoughts.

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The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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I read this because it‘s a classic that everyone told me to read. But I had a hard time following the story. Sure, there are some good quotes but the book is very minimal so was more like a child‘s storybook.