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  • Paris in Love: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Eloisa James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    In 2009 Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: She sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job, and moved her family to Paris. Paris in Love: A Memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life - discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another.

    CathyGrace says: "Interesting"
    "Not a story book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Eloisa James and/or Eloisa James?

    Unlikely


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Weave the blog entries into themes


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The "book" is not a narrative story, but rather is a bound collection of the authors daily blog or journal entries. These entries are not paragraphs with a theme- they are snippits as short as a few words stretched into a legal sentence or as long as a few sentences about something the author's family dealt with on a given date. I enjoyed the discussions about the family's dining experiences, which seem to play a central role in the book and clearly in Ms. James' own interests. I also enjoyed her discussions about unique aspects of life in Paris such as the interactions with the homeless. Given Ms. James' self-described bout with cancer, it is understandable, but no less detracting, that this book is an introspective on her family rather than a story about what it is like living abroad (as might be inferred from the book's title).


    Could you see Paris in Love being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Umm- no


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1233)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (756)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Caveman soap opera continues"
    Overall

    After nine years of research and writing, the 6th and presumably final book in the series fails to take Ayla and her fellow Cro-magnons any farther than a very anthropoligically detailed Paleolithic episode of "Days of Our Lives". Ms. Auel again delivers her rich narrative bringing the cave-dwellers to life but the story lacked any punch. I was most disappointed that the central theme was a love triangle of betrayal and redemption and avoided any of the possible storylines that could have seen Ayla serve a role in a clash or reconciliation with her half-Clan son or any other meaningful "adventure" or conflict. As many of the major daytime soaps are now being pulled from the networks, it serves notice that the public wants more than half-baked romantic trists- regardless of the era.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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