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Lorraine

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States | Member Since 2003

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  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    After the death of his parents, Jim is sent to live with his grandparents on the Nebraska plains. By chance, on the same train is a bright-eyed girl, Antonia, who will become his neighbor and lifelong friend. Her family has emigrated from Bohemia to start a new life of farming, but they soon lose their money and must work hard just to survive. Through it all, Antonia retains her natural pride and free spirit.

    Allison says: "An amazingly vivid novel"
    "Cather and Narrator P. Lawlor: Perfect Together"
    Overall

    This audiobook is a treasure. Cather's story and Patrick Lawlor's reading combine to create an experience that surpasses all expectation. You will believe that Jim Burden truly is telling you this tale, and with imagery so vivid that you may believe that his memories are your own. I want everyone I know to listen to this book! I know I will be listening to this one again. Thank you Mr. Lawlor!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1628)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (923)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Love It!"
    Overall

    While clearly not for everyone, this book is beautifully and believably written and beautifully read. It is a small window into a fascinating time and place. Ideas, taken for granted now, but novel at the time, presented in historical context (as opposed to, say, in one's college math class) can elicit quite a different reaction. And it is written with humor. I have loved every minute and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (290)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "Violet Brown in Kingsolver's Voice Is Brilliant!"
    Overall

    I would give this book more than 5 stars if I could. I loved every minute of it. This is one of those experiences where I couldn't wait to get back to listening to see what would happen next, yet wanted to savor the story and the language, and not have it end. Kingsolver does a surprisingly good job reading (surprising because she is a writer, after all, not as far as I know a narrator, and also because there are a LOT of very different characters in this book). Far and away the best part of her narration is the voice she gives to Violet Brown. Don't miss this!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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