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Deborah S Kennedy

Irving, Tx | Member Since 2012

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  • Year of Wonders

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (284)

    When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story- Awful Narrator"
    "Never expected where this story took the reader."
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    What did you love best about Year of Wonders?

    I loved the intimate look into the life of a woman from this time period. How her social order and religious restrictions, and the rapid collapse of both, did not make her the 2 dimension character we tend to suppose from history books. Anna is has good heart while still being capable of selfishness and crude impulses. Anna is wonderfully human.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna was by far my favorite character and the best drawn one as well. Michael and Elinor were more the personification of self-imposed misery hidden by a mask of perfection. Some of the minor characters brilliantly shine for a moment as their time of the stage passes. I would especially call out the Quaker child, Mary and the Pantry Boy, Brand.


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

    Ms. Brook's tempo keep the story moving slower than I would have read and, like a metronome, convened to me a sense of Anna plodding through the year as she struggled to simply place one foot in front of the other. That perseverance and determination seems core to Anna character. To me, that was as important as the accent or the pronunciations.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2086)
    Performance
    (1767)
    Story
    (1745)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Teddy says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "Straightforward content"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book. Picked up a few hints. But overall was more distracted by the narrators strained attempts to speak slowing and to overly enunciate.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I felt as though the narrator thought he was speaking to a half-deaf child.


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

    TV show, yes... I have... it was called Lie To Me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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