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Donna

Bryanston, South Africa | Member Since 2010

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  • Made in America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (253)

    In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

    Thomas S Kovacs says: "Bryson OK Roberts not so much"
    "Enjoyed the information!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Made in America the most enjoyable?

    Such interesting history behind how words come into existence. The book has so much information and research behind it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Have Mother, Will Travel: A Mother and Daughter Discover Themselves, Each Other, and the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Claire Fontaine, Mia Fontaine
    • Narrated By Claire Fontaine, Mia Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Their best-selling memoir, Come Back, moved and inspired with the story of Mia Fontaine's harrowing drug addiction and her mother, Claire's, desperate and ultimately successful attempts to save her. Now it's a decade later. At 51, Claire's shed her identity as Mia's savior but realizes that, oops, she forgot to plan for life after motherhood; Mia, 25 and eager to step outside her role as recovery's poster child, finds adult life isn't all it's cracked up to be.

    C says: "A must-listen for mom's and daughters"
    "Made me think about the mother-daughter bond"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the travel elements mixed with the background to their relationship. A good listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a shy 28-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness when she meets Ernest Hemingway and is captivated by his energy, intensity and burning ambition to write. After a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for France. But glamorous Jazz Age Paris, full of artists and writers, fuelled by alcohol and gossip, is no place for family life and fidelity.

    Jane says: "yearning for a love that can last a lifetime"
    "Really enjoyed this book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Paris Wife the most enjoyable?

    I found the story fascinating, and it felt like Hadley Hemingway was telling you her story directly to you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hadley Hemingway - her honesty and frank telling of her story of the time with Ernest.


    Which character – as performed by Carrington MacDuffie – was your favorite?

    Hadley Hemingway


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just looked forward to listening to the story!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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