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Fran

Silt, CO, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Crescent

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Diana Abu-Jaber
    • Narrated By Nike Doukas, Marcelo Tubert
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Half-Iraqi, half-American Sirine is a cook at Nadia's Cafe, which draws the neighborhood's Arab students, expatriates, and exiles. All are hungry for "real true Arab food" and connection to their homes. One is Hanif Al Eyad, a new hire in the Near Eastern Studies Department at the university who fled Iraq as a young man. Sirine and Han fall in love over food: a baklava they make together, delicate lamb dishes, hummus glistening with olive oil....

    Fran says: "Crescent"
    "Crescent"
    Overall

    There are love stories, then there is this one. All that the book reviews have said about this book is true, and then some. I was mesmerized by the narrator's voice, the author's skill at description, the ability to draw me in. Wonderful command of language.
    I usually plunge right in on another audiobook, but after this story, I needed time to think about the characters and their situation for a while before I could begin another book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (112)

    Tess Durbeyfield has become one of the most famous female protagonists in 19th-century British literature. Betrayed by the two men in her life - Alec D’Urberville, her seducer/rapist and father of her fated child; and Angel, her intellectual and pious husband - Tess takes justice, and her own destiny, into her delicate hands. In telling her desperate and passionate story, Hardy brings Tess to life with an extraordinary vividness that makes her live in the heart of the reader long after the novel is concluded.

    Rebecca says: "Davina Porter makes this lovely book even better"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Tess of the d’Urbervilles the most enjoyable?

    I love the narrator's voice. Since this story was written so long ago, it described the life and times of the people, politics, religion, etc. I love the "history" of it. I could picture the countryside, feel grateful that I never had to suffer the deprivation that was so common back then, could feel the fabrics, and taste the food.....


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    To me, Davina Porter is a famous narrator. I am used to, and love the sound of, her voice. Her inflections of the dialog were spot on.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    One of the scenes that struck me was the description of the work performed by hand in the turnip fields; the extreme physicality of it, braving the elements, and subsisting on next to no food...


    Any additional comments?

    The authors of those times have an excellent command of vocabulary and phrasing, setting the scenes and transitioning into the next scene. Very articulate and descriptive...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fair and Tender Ladies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Author of many novels and short stories, best-selling writer Lee Smith has received numerous awards for her works, including two O. Henry Awards. Fair and Tender Ladies is an epistolary novel that traces the life of Ivy Rowe, born in the isolated Virginia mountain community of Sugar Fork.

    Vivian says: "roots"
    "one of the very best"
    Overall

    because of the narrator, I could not stop listening. And learning. the author has it nailed down on the deep-southern psyche, regardless of the era. Explanations of customs and procedures were immensely helpful and integrated so seamlessly that I hardly noticed I was learning something new. The style of the writing as well as the accent of the narrator is perfect. Absolutely 5 stars.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Slight Trick of the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mitch Cullin
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    He's 93-years-old, in retirement in Sussex, beginning to lose his memory, and subject to emotions he has resisted all his life. His name is Sherlock Holmes.

    Jennifer says: "Worth more than five stars!"
    "excellent"
    Overall

    truly an excellently written book....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alias Grace

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    In the astonishing work by the author of the best sellers The Robber Bride and The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood takes listeners back in time and into the life and mind of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 19th century.

    Michelle says: "Incredible!"
    "Alias Grace"
    Overall

    I think this book and the narration is so good, I'm listening to it again....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Virtuous Woman

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Kaye Gibbons, Terry Beaver
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was twenty and he was forty. She was a carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life. She was newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had never asked a woman to do more than help him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love so much as they simply found each other and held on for dear life.

    Paula Beck says: "Simply Delightful"
    "A Virtuous Woman"
    Overall

    Highly enjoyable.I was able to identify with the main character's feelings and enjoyed this book immensly

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Standing in the Rainbow

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Once again, Fannie Flagg gives us a story of richly human characters, the saving graces of the once-maligned middle classes and small-town life, and the daily contest between laughter and tears. Fannie truly writes from the heartland, and her storytelling is, to quote Time, "utterly irresistible."

    Fran says: "Standing in the Rainbow"
    "Standing in the Rainbow"
    Overall

    A wonderful, old-timey feel-good flavor with an ultimate affection for each character

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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