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Katherine

Woodmere, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2518)
    Performance
    (2224)
    Story
    (2217)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Surprisingly Disappointing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book begins with a compelling, provocative story, but then takes many twists and turns and brings the reader new stories that are also interesting, but not as interesting as the initial story. I found myself becoming frustrated with the other stories, just wanting to get back to Pari and Abdullah, or becoming annoyed that the other stories weren't given more attention; the book has a number of wonderful stories that could each have made fantastic full-length books, but compiled together felt that the different story lines were shortchanged, and as a reader I felt lost.

    I also really did not care for Navid Negahban as a narrator; his voice was somnorific and hard to understand. He was exhausting to listen to. I wound up purchasing the book just so I could read his sections. Khaled Hosseini was a great narrator, and I wish he had done more.


    If you’ve listened to books by Khaled Hosseini before, how does this one compare?

    I have loved Khaled Hosseini's other books, so I had such high hopes for this one. It is therefore a shock that this one is just not as good.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6840)
    Performance
    (6196)
    Story
    (6195)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Very disappointed (sorry, Orpah)"
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    Would you try another book from Sue Monk Kidd and/or the narrators?

    I really liked Adepero Oduye but not Jenna Lamia. I was surprised I didn't like this more since it was by Sue Monk Kidd!


    Has The Invention of Wings turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love historical fiction and books with alternating narrators, but this one just wasn't very good


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Adepero Oduye yes, Jenna Lamia, no


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

    This book felt like it was written for the sole purpose of getting made into a movie and the story is interesting enough that it might make for a good movie (albeit a hard to watch one).


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the author took too many liberties in telling Sarah Grimke's story, and it didn't sit right with me. Handful's story was very interesting and compelling, and if the book had only focused on her, it would have been a lot better. Sarah's story just felt tedious and stretched quite thin, and was a chore to listen to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anton DiSclafani
    • Narrated By Adina Verson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (133)

    It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age 15, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls' friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family's citrus farm - a world now partially shattered.

    Jess says: "Read this book!"
    "A disappointment"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had such high hopes for this book, but I couldn't finish it- halfway through I was very annoyed with the narrator, and really uncomfortable with the more-than-kissing cousins.


    What could Anton DiSclafani have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I found the flashing back and forth from present to past distracting and confusing. This may be easier to follow in book form, but I found it difficult in audiobook form. I also really got frustrated with how the secret scandalous thing Thea had done was dragged out- I'm all for building suspense but this just dragged and felt like it was unnecessarily taunting the reader, which was just annoying.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found the voice too girlish, and the accents were all the same, and all grated on me. The voice was also very sad, it just sounded like a mopey teenage girl, and while I realize that Thea is a mopey teenage girl, the voice just got to me!


    Do you think The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I cannot say, since I couldn't even make it all the way through the first book


    Any additional comments?

    I found the relationship with Thea and Georgie extremely disquieting, and ultimately that is what caused me to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Boyne
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (255)

    The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

    Jennifer says: "Absolutely Phenomenal!!!"
    "Wonderful and unforgettable listen"
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    Where does The Boy in the Striped Pajamas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. It is not just read, it is performed in such a way that you feel as if you are there alongside Bruno and Shmuel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Bruno and loved seeing the events play out through his eyes. This provided a unique and gripping perspective.


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

    The way Maloney reads really gets you inside the head of a nine-year-old boy; his emotions and style of reading make you feel Bruno's anxiety or excitement, understand that Gretel is a


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

    The end made me cry but at many points I was laughing! The book manages to be both uplifting and hopeful and incredibly heart-wrenching at the same time.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not realize this was a young adult book when I purchased it, and may not have done so had I known, but as an adult, I absolutely fell in love with this book and highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of age, who is looking for a remarkable story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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