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Dana

Seattle, WA, USA

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  • The Nature of Water and Air

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Regina McBride
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Award-winning poet Regina McBride enters the realm of fiction with her stunning coming-of-age novel, The Nature of Water and Air. Flowing with lyrical prose and Irish myth, this mesmerizing story is permeated by a beautiful, romantic sadness.

    Dana says: "Great narrator, well written, engaging story"
    "Great narrator, well written, engaging story"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this. It is, I suppose "chick lit", but it's definitely in a league above the usual trite stories and simple language of much of the chick lit genre. A wonderful glimpse of Ireland, great author, perfectly narrated. Very worthwile.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6244)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2428)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "incredibly overated"
    Overall

    The characters are one-dimensional stereotypes, and after two hours of listening I didn't find enough mental stimulation to care about them or the story. Some of it is so ridiculous as to be downright laughable. For example a pious young woman unaware her body is subconsciously rubbing the kitchen table for pleasure! C'mon, who believes that?!?
    There is some historical fiction thrown in, but the author has so little credibility with me, I'd infinitely prefer to read nonfiction for my history lessons.
    The narrator throws in an [over]dose of melodrama, and has an annoying higher pitch he uses for female characters which makes them seem like parodies since the voice is still obviously male. The Pullitzer Prize made a bad call on this one. Don't waste your time or money.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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