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Jennie

North Syracuse, NY, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Run

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (100)

    Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children, all of his children, safe.

    Jeanne says: "Disappointing"
    "Engaging family tale"
    Overall

    Set in Boston and covering several generations, this novel draws you in through suggestion and subtle prediction interspersed with finely crafted description of events. We follow an Irish Catholic politician who raises two adopted African American boys as the birth mother covertly watches them grow up. Depicts the contrast of race/class cultures in modern America with compassion and personal detail. A good read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6584)
    Performance
    (1901)
    Story
    (1922)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Afghanistan up close and personal"
    Overall

    Broad historical strokes and modern conflict give this compelling story both depth and breadth. The Afghan culture is given to us through the experience of boys and their fathers, and in the context of conquest, strife, and human weakness. There is tenderness and frailty here as well as undeserved loyalty and grace. As the author says, there's no happy ending here, but perhaps a hope. Something that seems more and more rare in this starkly beautiful and fiercely proud country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1673)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (852)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Great fantasy for singers"
    Overall

    Set during an extended kidnapping crisis in an unknown Spanish speaking country, Bel Canto's focus on music and the need for language across borders shows how humans from widely different circumstances can be drawn to share love and beauty on many levels. The lifelong choral singer and language teacher in me found it a terrific ride. The inevitable conclusion and coda were deftly drawn, though difficult and sadly ironic. Ann Patchett's pairing of sublime and mundane give a rich humanity and freshness to the writing, and while plot devices are often surprising, they are rarely wasted. It is a great read/listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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