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Bobbi A. Woods

Alexandria, VA | Member Since 2013

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13403)
    Performance
    (12265)
    Story
    (12334)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Hearing Hazel's Voice Made this Book Even Better"
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    If you could sum up The Fault in Our Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Uplifting, funny and moving.


    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to and why?

    Gosh, that is a tough one. This book was so unique.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    I loved how Kate did the voice of Augustus Waters. I have known a few Augustus Waters-types in my day and she had him down to a TEE.


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

    Definitely both. How can a book about dying be uplifting? Well, it can because it's more a book about living and wanting to live and enjoy life.


    Any additional comments?

    Because I loved the audio book so much, I went out and bought the hardcover. I want to treasure this book and share it with friends--and underline my favorite lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (979)
    Story
    (978)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Tony says: "MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!"
    "Gripping Story, Colorful Characters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Round House to be better than the print version?

    I am not sure about that. There were times when I wished I had a print copy to go back and re-read some scenes because either my brain wandered off while I was listening or I just didn't understand abstractly what was happening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Round House?

    I think Joe's mother's depression really spoke to me. The author made me feel her pain and what she was going through. I both pulled for her and wanted her to snap out of it, but also felt understanding toward her and allowed her time to heal.


    What about Gary Farmer’s performance did you like?

    At first, I thought the narrator of this book sounded a little....er....drunk. But then I felt bad for thinking that because I realized it was an actual American Indian with a slight drawl of an accent! Once I was used to him, he helped make the book come alive to me by being an authentic part of the story!


    If you could rename The Round House, what would you call it?

    Wow...what a question. No idea. How about "Swamp Tea?"


    Any additional comments?

    This book has coming of age, Indian culture, religion, and strong families--a very enjoyable read and brilliantly researched and written by the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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