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Kristine

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  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16064)
    Performance
    (14221)
    Story
    (14169)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A feat of storytelling genius"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a friend because it's simply well written. The author did a great job of consistently making you wonder what will happen next, even though you may think you know where the story is going. Considering this book involves one of the most famous assassinations in history, tells it in a fresh and new perspective while weaving in the personal stories of the protagonist, it is a feat of storytelling genius.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2281)
    Performance
    (1584)
    Story
    (1598)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Michael York performs a Brave New World"
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    What made the experience of listening to Brave New World the most enjoyable?

    The best part of experiencing this book was listening to Michael York's performance of it. He really just became the storyteller - he would kinda change his voice for the different characters and made the book even more interesting


    What other book might you compare Brave New World to and why?

    Farenheight 451


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

    I was disturbed by the very constructed society and the lack of imagination and originality of the people that inhabited this book. I would hope that if they tried to get rid of books and movies that had meaning, there would be more of an outcry. This book made me think about how easily our society could slip into someone's version of a 'utopia'.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mudbound

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Hillary Jordan
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (224)

    Hillary Jordan's mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

    Betty says: "May this South never rise again."
    "Mudbound"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mudbound to be better than the print version?

    I only have listened to the audible version, not the book version. I wasn't aware that there was a difference.


    Who was the most memorable character of Mudbound and why?

    Laura was the most interesting character - they switch through to first-person for most of the characters mentioned in this book. I liked how we got a different perspective from each of the participants, and how the story was pieced together.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about a recently-moved to the country family and the sharecropper families they have working for them - it involves the racial tensions in a small deep-south town shortly after WWII. Its quite the story and I would recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dovekeepers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (571)

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

    FanB14 says: "Grade of B-"
    "Great Read"
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    Would you listen to The Dovekeepers again? Why?

    I would listen to this again because of the different perspectives each character brings to this story. The characters are interesting - some I could connect with while others were not good people but I still wanted to hear what they were thinking and experiencing. I really felt that listening to the audio version brought life to this book since each section was based on a different character and therefore had a different voice. Hearing the struggles each of these women go through is difficult at times, but by listening to the story you experience it with them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dovekeepers?

    One of the most memorable scenes was when Revka describes the death of her daughter at the hands of the Romans - and her revenge.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I liked that each of the narrators's voices matched the character they were portraying and did so believably.


    If you could rename The Dovekeepers, what would you call it?

    The last warrior women of Masada


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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