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Jan

Stockton, Ca, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Eight Girls Taking Pictures: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Whitney Otto
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    A deeply affecting meditation on the lives of women artists, Whitney Otto's vivid novel explores the ambitions, passions, conflicts and desires of eight female photographers throughout the twentieth century. This spectacular cast of spirited, larger-than-life women offers wide-ranging insight about the times in which they lived. From San Francisco to New York, London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Rome, Otto spins a magical, romantic tale that creates a compelling portrait of the history of feminism and of photography.

    Jan says: "I can't believe it's not true!"
    "I can't believe it's not true!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Eight Girls Taking Pictures again? Why?

    It was fascinating, and a great performance!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lennie, because she reinvented herself so well and because her backstory was such a clear motivation.


    Have you listened to any of Joy Osmanski’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and this one lived up to my high opinion of her talents.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to check several times to make sure I was mistaken about the facts of this story. It seems so real. The Period detail about women artists is fabulous!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2647)
    Performance
    (2352)
    Story
    (2354)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "The Reluctant Hero"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry the most enjoyable?

    I loved the fact that I never knew what was going to happen next. Would he make it? Would he give up?


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was fascinating the way so many characters were transformed by the precipitous action of one man.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Harold's neighbor brings over a map with colored pins so that Harold's wife can track his progress on his pilgrimage.


    If you could take any character from The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The neighbor. He had a great way of looking at things, and was able to inspire Harold's wife to return to herself.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't turn it off. I kept finding new ways to listen more. The reader's voice was perfect, both as a narrator and as the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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