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Jeanie

Cornelius, NC, USA

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  • 146 titles in library
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  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    Jeanie says: "Truly a literary work"
    "Truly a literary work"
    Overall

    True literature gently opens the mind like a spell. Words flow into the reader's soul like water and paint pictures of the places and the people that populate the story. Such is Hosseini's work as he takes us into the lives of a beautifully human people as they struggle to live and grow in a hostile, dangerous and hate filled place. Read it, share it and grow yourself.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4992)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1879)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Literature or mind blowing boredom?"
    Overall

    A literary work with superb writing but a story of immensely boring proportions. It's a tale spun in literary style on a subject that would otherwise be shrugged away. A disappointing ending visible from all too early in the story. With all the language skills of this writer I expected a twist. Much ado about absolutely nothing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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