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88Poets

Kae S.

Sacramento, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • 6 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 107 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • A Good Year

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Mayle
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    Peter Mayle once again returns to the beautiful but complicated world of Provence, to find that the highly competitive boutique wine trade has hidden depths that cannot be hidden by the sunny grape arbors above the ground. Mayle's usual fish-out-of-water British protagonist comes to inspect a Provencal vineyard left to him by his newly-dead uncle.

    Richard says: "Five stars aren't enough"
    "OK if you're painting the hallway"
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    Would you try another book from Peter Mayle and/or John Lee?

    No, I don't think so.


    If you’ve listened to books by Peter Mayle before, how does this one compare?

    I have not.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was OK, about on par with the story.


    Did A Good Year inspire you to do anything?

    No, I looked forward to more about travel. I didn't hate it, but it never grabbed me you might say. I listened while painting the interior of my house and it served it's purpose - meaning I didn't really have to listen much to get the gist.


    Any additional comments?

    This story might be good for a drive or a listen while you're painting the house. It doesn't sag or go off in monotonous tangents. It's just forgettable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elif Shafak
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    In this follow-up to her acclaimed 2007 novel The Bastard of Istanbul, Turkish author Elif Shafak unfolds two tantalizing parallel narratives---one contemporary and the other set in the 13th century, when Rumi encountered his spiritual mentor, the whirling dervish known as Shams of Tabriz---that together incarnate the poet's timeless message of love.

    88Poets says: "So well done."
    "So well done."
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    Where does The Forty Rules of Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top Ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is straightforward and not tricky - and it's beautifully told. The poetry of Rumi and the relationship with Shams of Tabriz reflect well in the past as well as the present time. There is a gentleness in the story that I liked. The mundane-ness of a woman planning meals for her family -- I do this to escape life's realities. Maybe it's just the timing of this particular choice, but the story resonated on many levels. Can't wait to listen to more by this author.


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

    Oh, the deliciousness of her deliberate pronunciation of each syllable gives the words weight and value. Loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm well read and a tough critic -- I absolutely loved this story and it's delivery. Definitely worthwhile. So much so, I need to listen again - and I just finished it last week. Every aspect of the story and delivery were solid. Good work.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2201)
    Performance
    (2042)
    Story
    (2031)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "The Original"
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    Where does The Wonderful Wizard of Oz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About mid-way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anne Hathaway's narration was quite good.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    Her expressions and interest in the story made it captivating.


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

    Well, I think the film did a bang up job of interpreting the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It was fascinating to hear the original story as until now, I'd only known the film version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kafka on the Shore

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1583)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (878)

    Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

    Melinda says: "Brilliant Meandering--what was in those brownies.."
    "Tiresome"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The long listing of mundane things makes this book tiresome very quickly. Maybe someone who enjoys minutia would enjoy this book.


    What could Haruki Murakami have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Focus, dude.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After six hours, I didn't like any bit of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry, not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2015)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1178)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    SHEILA says: "The Good Earth"
    "Timeless"
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    Would you listen to The Good Earth again? Why?

    This story is impeccably crafted in its simplicity -- it's human-ness. The performance by Anthony Heald is outstanding. I will be looking for more audio books with his voice, an incredible narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The character of the wife was painfully plain in her manner, but thoroughly supporting the family throughout.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Wang Lung appreciated his wife and cared for her as she lay dying.

    Also, I loved the connection Wang Lung had to the land around him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When O-lan was having children alone and went right back to the fields


    Any additional comments?

    An incredibly good story on all counts. It's multi-faceted, thoroughly a character study through the life of one farmer. I loved it thoroughly. Anthony Heald is an amazing talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19008)
    Performance
    (14778)
    Story
    (14723)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Funny!"
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    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    Tina Fey is a really quick wit. She's funny and engaging and it's great that she narrated the audio book herself. I don't think it would have been as good otherwise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

    When Tina talked about meeting Sarah Palin - I was painting ceiling and almost fell off the ladder!


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Her humor is real life and not just raunchy for raunchy's sake


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not other than I was moved to laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I chose this as an audio book. Am sure it is funnier in Tina's voice than in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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