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Shirley

SAMMAMISH, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Eugene Robinson
    • Narrated By Alan Bomar Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a "Black America" with unified interests and needs. In his groundbreaking book Disintegration, longtime Washington Post journalist Eugene Robinson argues that, through decades of desegregation, affirmative action, and immigration, the concept of Black America has shattered.

    Catherine S. Read says: "Written for Popular Consumption"
    "Thought Provoking!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It dawned on me that once we learn something, those thoughts and beliefs stay with us and we behave in life based on what we believe at that time. However, our world is constantly changing and what we thought to be true has changed without our consious awareness. This book fundamentally changed how I view "Black America". Great read and the most valued benefit to me is that I now understand my 20-30 year old children better:)


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How our overall society views (Black America) verses how we see ourselves.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Bomar Jones – was your favorite?

    No one character stuck out for me. The content was so compelling that it captured all of my attention.


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

    No, it was so thought provoking that I preferred to digest it a piece at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice job, good research.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Who Fell from the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Heidi Durrow
    • Narrated By Karen Murray, Emily Bauer, Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    The daughter of a Danish immigrant and a black G.I., Rachel survives a family tragedy only to face new challenges. Sent to live with her strict African-American grandmother in a racially divided Northwest city, she must suppress her grief and reinvent herself in a mostly black community. A beauty with light brown skin and blue eyes, she attracts much attention in her new home. The world wants to see her as either black or white, but that's not how she sees herself.

    Victoria says: "meh"
    "Too slow"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not my style of writting. Took a long time to get interesting. This was a book club selection and most of the members said that they did not finish the book because it was boaring. Did not grab your interest in first half of book so folks just could not muster the energy to complete it.


    Has Girl Who Fell from the Sky turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not entirely, just need to work at building a compelling story that readers will find new and diffrent.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Can't remember. The whole experience was not memoriable.


    Could you see Girl Who Fell from the Sky being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly, they can do a lot with acting and special effects these days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4672)
    Performance
    (2143)
    Story
    (2131)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Curious"
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    Would you listen to Room again? Why?

    Think I would read it next time.


    What other book might you compare Room to and why?

    This book was very Unique. Hard to compare. Stands alone for me. That's why I liked it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was good but it did not allow for the pondering of profound issues as they came up. This is the type of book that I would have taken my time to read, stop and think. Then pick it up again. Bit size pieces would have been better. Having it paced for you was not as enjoyable. Although, it depends on the type of reader you are.


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

    Can't isolate just one, there were so many.


    Any additional comments?

    Hearing story's about people who live or grow up in isolation for long periods of time sounds terrible. You often wonder, what it is like. This book really did an excellent job of showing this from 2 perspectives. The child that has never been outside the room in which he was born, and the mother who was forced into the situation against her will after having lived her life free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody's Baby But Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (604)

    Jane Darlington is a genius at physics, but there's one problem she can't solve. She yearns for a child, but wants to spare it the pain of growing up as...well, a nerd. And surely any child of Jane's would be a little too brainy for the playground set. So she sets out to find a special man to father her child, someone without too much gray-matter between his ears: in short, a big, strong dope. Cal Bonner, legendary pro quarterback, seems to fit the bill. But there's something Dr. Jane hasn't counted on.

    Ella says: "Lots of Fun"
    "Funny Bone"
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    If you could sum up Nobody's Baby But Mine in three words, what would they be?

    Funny as heck...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nobody's Baby But Mine?

    When she tried to pretend she was a hooker.


    Which character – as performed by Anna Fields – was your favorite?

    Liked them all. Or maybe grandmother.


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

    When he realized he wanted to be a doctor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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