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Ivonne

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  • My Beloved World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sonia Sotomayor
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (367)

    The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

    Jean says: "Overcoming proverty via education"
    "Wonderful listen-read!"
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    This is the type of book that gave me withdrawal symptoms when it was over. I wanted to know more about Justice Sotomayor's life and thoroughly enjoyed Rita Moreno's reading (Justice Sotomayor also reads certain parts of the memoir). I'm now waiting for Part II, which I hope she is forced to write by popular acclaim!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cutting Season: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Attica Locke
    • Narrated By Quincy Tyler Bernstine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (211)

    Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate's owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property.

    C. Telfair says: "Mystery + Atmosphere = A Definite Winner!"
    "Great listen!"
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    If you like detective stories and mysteries, especially those that break the mold, I highly recommend this one. Its protagonist is an African American woman and the mystery to be solved connects the times of slavery in the United States with contemporary issues of undocumented migrants in farms. Very well done and a great performance read. I'm eagerly awaiting the next book by Attica Locke!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Apothecary's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charlotte Betts
    • Narrated By Anne Dover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Susannah Leyton has grown up behind the counter of her father's apothecary shop in bustling Fleet Street. A skilled student, her father has granted her the freedom to pursue her considerable talents. But Susannah is dealt a shocking blow when her widowed father marries again, and her stepmother seems determined to remove her from the apothecary shop. A proposal of marriage from the charming Henry Savage seems to offer Susannah an escape. But as the plague sweeps through London, tragedy strikes, and dark secrets from her husband's past begin to unfold.

    Dkssol says: "Wonderful story !!"
    "Simply awful!"
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    I can't believe I wasted hours of my life listening to this book! I kept on listening, hoping that the story would improve, but that didn't happen. While the performance is excellent (the reader does a great job of reading different characters), the story is predictable, melodramatic, sentimental, and the heroine is positively shrewish and annoying. The prose is also filled with groan-inducing cliches. What calamity doesn't befall this woman? It was as if the writer took her cue from soap operas, where the heroine endures unbelievable hardships only to (of course) triumph in the end. The story is also troubling because of the stereotypical representation of the black ("African") characters. I'd expect to find these representations in an 18th-century novel but not in a contemporary one. If you're looking for a smart romantic story with a can-do heroine and thoughtful characterizations, this is not for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (866)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "Extraordinary performance!"
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    Despite Hilary Mantel's sometimes obscure writing style, Simon Vance does a fantastic job with this audiobook, bringing the characters and the story to vivid life. I am looking for excuses to take long drives just so I can listen to longer stretches of this audiobook. It is probably the best I've "heard" on Audible. Absolutely superb. It's better than reading the actual book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Walked In

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Marisa de los Santos
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    Award-winning poet Marisa de los Santos crafts an irresistibly touching debut novel. Love Walked In is a contemporary tale, steeped in nostalgic, cinematic charm, of love in all its forms. Unapologetically idealistic about love, Cornelia Brown appears to catch the break of a lifetime when the dashing Martin Grace, her own personal Cary Grant, comes strolling into her life. But it is Martin's connection to 11-year-old Clare Hobbes that touches Cornelia's heart in ways she never imagined.

    C. Maurer says: "REALLY good!!"
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Marisa de los Santos and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    Probably not. The story has interesting parts but is tied up too neatly and rather unbelievably at the end.


    Has Love Walked In turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily.


    What didn’t you like about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance?

    Jennifer Ikeda's reading of Cornelia is very annoying. If there is "overacting" in reading an audiobook, this is one example of it. I almost couldn't get past the first part. Her performance of the male voices is also quite awful (the girl's father sounds like he's constipated) and it's hard to listen to them. The woman who reads the girl's voice is much better though there is a lot of background noise and, at some points, as other reviewers have said, you can hear people laughing in the background. Very poor production.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    I will make sure to read reviews before I buy an audiobook next time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16050)
    Performance
    (14208)
    Story
    (14155)

    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"
    "This is a great "hear"!"
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    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Unusual love story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    The actual moments before the assassination are really well crafted so that you feel you're there with the characters.


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wasson does a superb job with the voices. You forget that it's one narrator and the emotion and drama are wonderfully conveyed by his reading.


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

    No, I needed a few weeks to listen because some parts were slower than others to get through.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this audiobook. It's a great departure for King, though it explores many of his main themes, and it showcases his maturity as a writer by breaking from many of his patterns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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