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Kaitlyn Bragdon-Roe

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  • Mrs. Dalloway

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Preoccupied with last minute details of party preparation, Clarissa Dalloway's mind is flooded with blissful memories of her youth and of her past loves. With thoughts turning to the present, she reexamines the solid reasons behind her practical marriage, then on to the future, with hesitant thoughts of growing old.

    Virginia says: "Sublime Performance"
    "Oh, Virginia!"
    Overall

    I love Virginia Woolf. I didn't love this book. I saw the movie, which prompted me to read it and I was disappointed in the final outcome. That is not to say it is not meticulously written, edited and presented... it is all of those things. I just really had a hard time staying with it... the back and forth of the timelines, the jumping from each character to the next... these were frustrating and not assuaged when pulled together at the end. If you love Virginia, by all means listen to it, but when you're done, sign up for the Netflix copy of the film.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (1891)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1098)

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Sara says: "A fun read"
    "to say nothing of confusing!"
    Overall

    I am normally pretty savvy when it comes to this kind of book, but I COULD NOT UNDERSTAND A THING, NOT THE TIME FRAME, THE DIALOGUE, ANY OF IT! Maybe I will try again later, but too confusing for me.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hurricane: 1938

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Cherie Burns
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    On the night of September 20, 1938, the news on the radio was full of Hitler's pending invasion of Czechoslovakia. Severe weather wasn't mentioned; only light rain was forecast for the following day. In a matter of hours, however, a hurricane of unprecedented force would tear through one of the wealthiest and most populated stretches of coastline in America, obliterating communities from Long Island to Providence, destroying entire fishing fleets from Montauk to Narragansett Bay.

    Tracey says: "Mesmerizing book!"
    "Good but not GREAT"
    Overall

    Cherie Burns does a good job of putting the listener in the shoes of those living through the great hurricane of 1938. However, she spends an inordinate amount of time for the introduction and consistantly includes NY's Long Island in her definition of New England. These are not fatal flaws though they are annoying to one who lives in the real New England. The most frustrating parts of the book are these though: 1) she spends too much time talking about the rich people from New York and, 2) she all but IGNORES Massachusettes and the devastation occurring there, and finally, 3) she is obviously not native to the area or she would have heard of the hurricane of 38 (not the "great hurricane of 1938") growing up on Nantucket. Anyone whose family owned a house on the South Coast of Massachusettes was raised hearing about this storm and the one in '54 which she does not mention at all.
    Finally, she does a good job of covering the basics and her storytelling skills are more than passable. I would recommend this book, especially as a jumping off point for further investigation into this and other "great" storms in New England.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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