This book had passages of gritty realism and unbelievable coincidences. The descriptions of the Warsaw ghetto, the freedom fighters, the blood in the streets made me cringe with their realism. The passages of romance were more soap opera than my taste, but also captured realistically the maturing of a young girl, so I can't fault that.
Coincidences abound, but provide hope in the midst of a novel detailing one of the most painful periods and locales the world has known in the last century.
The narrator had a good voice and projected feeling - sometimes overly so - into her depictions of shock and panic.
This book is worth the read, due to its insider view of Warsaw during the war, as well as the pain of Poles abroad who felt neglected by the allies. The romance is, for the most part, juvenile, but may just be because one of the main characters is a teenager during this book.
Inspirational, emotional, vivid
I found Reyna's story tragic as it was inspirational - the longing of a young girl to belong to a family, to hold on to anything at all after her childhood was constantly in uphieval
Yes. This book was so sad, but by no means self-pitying or self-agrandising. I could see the poverty through Reyna and Mago's eyes when they traveled back to Mexico.
This book is well worth the time, money or credit. It focuses primarily on Reyna's childhood, but touches on her experiences as a teenager and young adult trying to make her way in the world. Even some family members who are despised due to their choices that created so much chaos become three-dimmentional, growing even as Reyna and her siblings did.
It is moving, neither wallowing in self-pity nor waving banners of "see how much I've overcome!" I hope Audible will publish Miss Grande's novels, as she is a wonderful writer.
I think so. Jenny Bowen reads this book herself, which - though unpolished - is a fine narration.
Jenny, many of the half the Sky volunteers, and all those both in America and China who helped with Half the Sky
This book is tragic, uplifting and inspirational. Jenny and her husband adopted two Chinese girls and took in others, as well as spearheaded a movement that impacts many children in institutionalized care.
it is hard to read in places, especially considering the malnutrition and lack of care due to immense overcrowding and poor training in Chinese orphanages.
I will read this book again. Well done!
I have listened to it twice - first when it came out, then again when i purchased it on Audible. the voice of jack is very childlike, which has aggravated many reviewers, but also honestly adds to its realism. You can feel his mother and grandmother's frustrations with him... but as an audiobook, it works as a multi-voiced performance.
The little things that Jack and his Ma had to do to survive in Room. the realism of how small a world Jack grew up in, and his ever-expanding knowledge of the outside world around him. In some ways, it reflects every child's excitement and frustration and growing up; in others, it's entirely unique.
the only narrator I am familiar with is Suzanne Toren, but I plan on checking out Ellen Archer - although I will probably always think of her as Jack's Ma.
if you can manage the child's voice of Michal Friedman as Jack - which gets to be a bit much in large doses - this book is a good book.
Emma Donnaghue did a great job of reflecting the complex yet simple life that Jack and his mother led. Jack is incredibly mature in some ways and incredibly naive and immature in others by necessity. She could have made Room a horrible place, with graphic depictions of Jack envisioning his mother's abuse by his captor, but chose to allow his mother to be a protective mother bear, who would not allow her child to see what she lived through. Many topics were handled with sensitivity, yet with the brutal honesty of a child. Well done!
Mostly. Kate Rudd is a good narrator, although some of her diction is a little flat. I can't describe it, but it drives me nuts... but thankfully it's rare, and the rest of her performance is wonderful
I normally don't like novellas; I honestly think it could have been flushed out a bit better. But Ellen is a compelling character - a devoted mother, a bit obsessive, a social worker who is neither hardened to her work nor beaten down by it.
I was surprised by the identity of the killer - I guess that's the mark of a good mystery.
Well, clocking in at 2 hours - 15 minutes of which was a preview of "Little Mercies" - it's not hard to do. It was a good read.
I normally don't like novellas. For some reason they just seem short and lacking in some way. If this book stood on its own, it's OK, I guess, but it's a great introduction to Ellen, a main character in Gudenkauf's full-length "Little Mercies". Hopefully Little Mercies refers back to this book in some way...
Yes. This book deals with the complexities of a family whose oldest child is kidnapped and is recovered, alive, 4 years later. All members have jagged edges of guilt, hope, and defeat, both regarding the search for Justin and the aftermath. All question what they could have done differently, and feelings of hatred and anger toward the man who took Justin away.
I liked that it didn't have a happy ending, but there were glimmers of hope amidst some of the mess left behind.
I don't really have one, but Mark Bramhall is a fantastic narrator, and his performance shines in the slow, humid descriptions of a Texas summer.
Quite high. I enjoyed Moriarty's debut "The Center of Everything" immensely, but was disappointed by her subsequent books. This book brings the changing social customs of the early 1920s to life with grace, complexity, and humor. It took about an hours to get in to Elizabeth McGovern's performance, but once I got into it, I allowed her soothing, expressive diction carry me along.
"The Other Typist", at least for New York Period details.
Oh, her dialogue was amazing! Joseph, Cora, Louise were all drawn with great emotion, accent, expression.
I agree with many reviews that Cora's backstory was much more compelling than Louise's present-day one, but there is only so much fiction Moriarty could create for a well-known figure.
This is a welcome addition to my historical fiction library.
Julia, obviously, but the others in her world - her husband, children, grandchildren, trainers at the Seeing Eye... Many of the characters who populate her world are kind and understanding, and wrestle with the implications of vision loss. As someone who has been visually impaired all her life, I can relate surprisingly well to a woman who led a full primarily-sighted life into her fifties. Some of her comments and self-discoveries hvae taken some of my own questions, filed away the jagged edges, and given me my own perspectives and questions.
I haven't. She was a wonderful narrator choice. Another reviewer has stated that it was like having Julia Spencer narrate her own thoughts to me, and I echo that sentiment.
I loved the descriptions of guide dog training. Having lived it myself, I could relate immensely to it, but I found that it took over almost 1/3 of the book, which was quite a bit longer than necessary. Beyond that, this book was a great look at vision loss... but it's more than that. It's a journey of self-discovery, well worth the read.
When a piano - a PIANO - was smuggled into a Chinese labor camp! It was astounding!
Yes! It was a riveting listen, making a long bus trip go by much quicker than it otherwise would have. It is not an easy read, but lest we forget...
This book is definitely very musically technical, but you don't need to be familiar with all things musical to appreciate the struggle present under an oppressive government regime.
I think I would've enjoyed this book in print, but I can only compare it to Clancy's Crossing, also narrated by Aspell. CC is MUCH better than ATN, particularly in narration.
Not sure. Aspell's dialogue in particular was poor. I am starting to think Clancy's Crossing is an exceptionally good performance, but Alice to Nowhere, with so many Australian characters, was read so poorly that I couldn't continue past the first 1/4 of the book.
I was fascinated from the first time I heard a snippet of Malala's speech to the UN last year. When I heard that there was a book about her experience, I eagerly waited to finish my backlog of books before purchasing it.
Malala describes, in simple words, growing up in Pakistan, the rise of the Taliban, culminating in her shooting on her way home from school.
I have heard Malala on interviews and enjoyed them immsensely; however, after Malala read the prologue to this book, I am glad that Archie Panjabi was chosen to read it. She incorporates a refinement and diction that Malala seems to lack from her reading, and she channels the energy that Malala presents in radio interviews.
No. I haven't even looked for them. Perhaps this is a good thing. her dialogue is fairly weak, so anything beyond this biography would always be compared to I am Malala.
Yes. It is compelling and describes both the personal and geopolitical circumstances that led up to Malala's shooting and its aftermath. The writing in some places is clunky and disjointed, but that seems to add to the innocence of Malala's childhood growing up in an beautiful yet unstable area.
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