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Chani

Petah TiqwaIsrael | Member Since 2008

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  • 4 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 348 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Bean Trees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (201)

    Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots.

    Nancy says: "Barbara, can we have a "re-do?""
    "Gave it up in the middle."
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    I first listened to the Poisonwood Bible and was gripped from the beginning by the story and the wonderful narration. Then I listened to Prodigal Summer, and though it was completely different, I was engrossed from the start, though it took me a bit to get used to Ms Kingsolver's narration, once I did I found I liked her reading very much.

    So I looked forward with great anticipation to listen to the Bean Trees. The first hour was pretty interesting, in spite of the narration, which I found grating and monotonous, and the accents were all wrong. After being bored for the next 3 or 4 hours, I took a look at the reviews here. I guess I didn't read them before I bought the book, and maybe a couple were posted after my purchase, but I have to agree with all the negative comments. Even with better narration, I think I would have stopped. It just stopped being interesting. As others have said, it just doesn't seem to go anywhere, and the characters are pretty boring.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (784)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Terrific"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I just finished listening to this book and I'm only sorry that it's over. I can fault nothing, the writing is poignant without being emotional, evocative descriptions that made me want to stop and think about them, though I was compelled to continue listening. The narration is brilliant, though not being from the South, I have no idea if the accents are true, but they sounded so to me.

    I think I will buy a hard copy just to read Mr. Franklin's lovely prose, so rare these days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marine One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (381)

    After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president. Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America.

    Ron says: "Great courtroom thriller"
    "Too melodramatic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story did hold my interest to the end, but I kept thinking the scenes and characters were "over-the-top." Instead of crafting a believable story, the author uses extremes to create tension and suspense. When I finally arrived at the denouement, I was left disappointed. As another reviewer (Liz) wrote, there were subplots tossed in that were never resolved . . . and in the end, never connected to the story.

    3 stars because it held my interest, but I don't think I'll buy another of Mr. Houston's works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Firoozeh Dumas
    • Narrated By Firoozeh Dumas
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    In the best-selling memoir Funny in Farsi, Firoozeh Dumas recounted her adventures growing up Iranian American in Southern California. Now she again mines her rich Persian heritage in Laughing Without an Accent, sharing stories both tender and humorous on being a citizen of the world, on her well-meaning family, and on amusing cultural conundrums, all told with insights into the universality of the human condition. (Hint: It may have to do with brushing and flossing daily.)

    Sara says: "Sigh"
    "bo-ring"
    Overall

    I got through 5 chapters before finally giving up on this one. Nothing was very amusing or indeed very interesting. The style is mundane, the vocabulary elementary, the similes unimaginative, the anecdotes unremarkable. Only the irritating narration kept me from falling asleep.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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