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Barbara

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Some Sing, Some Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (174)

    Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast.

    Barbara says: "Southern Soul"
    "a bit too long"
    Overall

    I liked this book - more at the beginning than toward the middle/end. There is a lot of interesting history, and the characterization is good, but the authors covered so much time and so much change that the story became a little tiresome. Dividing the material into two books might have been better.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Lisa Lindsley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton examines conflicts between rigid social expectation and personal desire. Lily Bart is adept at playing society's games, which expect her to achieve an advantageous marriage. Torn between her desire for luxurious living and a relationship based on mutual respect and love, she manages to sabotage all her possible chances for a wealthy marriage.

    Barbara says: "Uncountable Pronunciation Errors"
    "Uncountable Pronunciation Errors"
    Overall

    I am stunned by the number of pronunciation errors in this reading. At first, it was a distraction, and I even had to consider what word had really been written. Ultimately, however, I was reminded of farcical theatrical presentations in which actors purposely mispronounce words. The story is interesting, and, other than this gross error, the recording is passable. I cannot fathom how the producers let all of these errors remain, however!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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