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A.J.

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  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Neil Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    Eight hundred women and children begin a 1,200-mile journey on foot across Japanese-occupied Malaya. At journey’s end, only 30 will still be alive. This is the story of one woman, of her ordeal, and of how she was saved by the sacrifice of an Australian soldier. It is a story of rare individual courage in the face of certain death, and hope in the face of despair.

    Jean says: "Historical Novel"
    "An amazing story set in the 1940s"
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    What did you love best about A Town Like Alice?

    It was great to be taken back in time to the 1940s and to share in the characters' journeys, both the trials and the triumphs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed rooting for the strong female protagonist. Her attorney was a wonderful character too.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's too tough to choose. I liked the persistence that Jean showed through her time as a prisoner of war, and that's way more than one scene.


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

    I prefer to break it up. I listen while doing my workout.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is more than just a great story. It's great literature. It's my first listen to this author. I'm hesitant to choose another of his books because I liked this one so much.

    The story is based loosely (or inspired by) some actual events. It's interesting to read a bit about that inspiration after you've read the book. You can find some brief information on wikipeadia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Geneen Roth
    • Narrated By Geneen Roth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (219)

    No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or broke or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all. Geneen Roth's masterwork, Women, Food and God explores the relationship between how we eat and how we see ourselves in the world.

    Anastasia Burke says: "Couldn't put it down!!!"
    "be curious about your relationship with food"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Although initially I didn't think I could suffer through an over-analytical view of eating choices, I set my bad attitude aside and actually learned a lot.


    What other book might you compare Women, Food and God to and why?

    It's not a diet book. It's more like receiving the author's encouragement to look at your beliefs. Not preachy, but asking that we face some realities about our beliefs about food and about what we get out of our not-so-great choices.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Here's an excerpt that I like: "We don't want to eat hot fudge sundaes as much as we want our life to be a hot fudge sundae. We want to come home to ourselves. We want to know wonder and delight and passion."


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Be curious about your beliefs. Right smack in the middle of your every day life, you will find wonder and delight and passion.


    Any additional comments?

    If calorie counting, fat gram counting, or carb counting has you frustrated and exhausted, maybe some information in this book and the author's encouragement could bring you some insight and help you on your journey to wiser food choices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (127)

    New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith, winner of the first-ever Saga Award for Wit, has entertained millions with his beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries. Now this phenomenally popular author introduces a fresh series, brimming with the charm and humor his stable of dedicated fans can't get enough of.

    connie says: "Not Number One Ladies Detective Agency!"
    "charming and cozy"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I was charmed by the main characters and the setting. I'm going through a phase where I like audio books that take me out of the U.S. (or into the past at least a century). There is just something inherently interesting about a setting


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

    The narrator's accent was for me a delightful journey outside the U.S. without me having to sit through a long flight.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2692)
    Performance
    (1483)
    Story
    (1478)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "an old-fashioned adventure of a sassy Victorian"
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    Where does Crocodile on the Sandbank rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best of my Audible purchases.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Very well delivered and great differentiation among the characters.


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

    It was too long for one sitting. Many hours of entertainment.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved that this is a story from a more prim perspective than most stories set in the present-day, yet the story presents such a sassy main character. The subtle humor was wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brightest Star in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Caitriona Keyes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    The Brightest Star in the Sky follows seven neighbors whose lives become entangled when a sassy and prescient spirit pays a visit to their Dublin townhouse with the intent of changing at least one of their lives. But what will this metamorphosis be and who will the sprite choose?

    Jan says: "Terrible sound quality, worse narration"
    "Charming fun with depth"
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    This is a fun story, set in Dublin, with interesting characters who grew on me and made me so appreciative that the book is a long one. The characters are fun and quirky and their full depth is revealed later in the book. Lots of hours of entertainment. Excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turtle Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Turtle Moon transports the listener to Verity, Florida, a place where anything can happen during the month of May, when migrating sea turtles come to town, mistaking the glow of the streetlights for the moon. A young single mother is murdered in her apartment and her baby is gone. Keith, a 12-year-old boy in the same apartment building also disappears. In pursuit of the baby, the boy and the killer, are Keith's divorced mother and a cop who himself was once considered the meanest boy in town.

    A.J. says: "An enchanting story"
    "An enchanting story"
    Overall

    This is a very enjoyable story. I am glad I went with the audio version because the narrator's voice is perfect for the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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