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DM

Weaverville, CA, United States

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  • 9 titles in library
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  • My Name Is Not Easy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Debby Dahl Edwardson
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl, Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Luke knows his I´nupiaq name is full of sounds white people can’t say. He knows he’ll have to leave it behind when he and his brothers are sent to boarding school hundreds of miles from their Arctic village. At Sacred Heart School things are different. Instead of family, there are students - Eskimo, Indian, White - who line up on different sides of the cafeteria like there’s some kind of war going on. And instead of comforting words like tutu and maktak, there’s English. Speaking I´nupiaq - or any native language - is forbidden.

    MARK says: "Another America."
    "Captivating Story"
    Overall
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    Story
    What does Nick Podehl and Amy Rubinate bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amy Rubinate and Nick Podehl do justice to the superbly developed characters in this captivating story. The book is written and narrated with such skill that the listener begins to see through the eyes of the boarding school students and feel with the heart of each character. It would be hoped that this book would be added to Junior High and High School Reading lists and included in classroom discussions.This neglected chapter of the history of Native Americans has waited too long to be told. It's audience reaches far beyond young adult readers. In addition to adding to our cultural awareness, this compelling story is difficult to set aside both while listening and after.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Everneath

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brodi Ashton
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (233)

    Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned - to her old life, her family, her boyfriend - before she’s banished back to the underworld... this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists. Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance - and the one person she loves more than anything.

    Kale says: "A Hauntingly Beautiful Debut"
    "A Must Read for Older Teens"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Everneath?

    Everneath is a


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Everneath?

    A fascinating story sensitively written and read.


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    The pace of Amy Rubinate's reading matches well with the flow and intensity of the events of the story.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Faraway Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Annika Thor, Linda Schenck (translator)
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    It's the summer of 1939. Two Jewish sisters from Vienna—12-year-old Stephie Steiner and 8-year-old Nellie—are sent to Sweden to escape the Nazis. They expect to stay there six months, until their parents can flee to Amsterdam; then all four will go to America. But as the world war intensifies, the girls remain, each with her own host family, on a rugged island off the western coast of Sweden.

    DM says: "Compelling writing, engagingly read."
    "Compelling writing, engagingly read."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to A Faraway Island the most enjoyable?

    The reader was easy to listen to, allowing the voice of the character to dominate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The quality of the writing, substance of the story and the flow of the reading.


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    Her voice was easy to listen to. She enhanced the character, rather getting in the way of the character. She did justice to a quality story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it was too long, so I need to listen over several days.


    Any additional comments?

    I was frustrated to have to wait for the next book in the series, but glad to know that more was to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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