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Lynne

Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2008

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  • So Much for That

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Shep Knacker has long saved for “The Afterlife”: an idyllic retreat to the Third World where his nest egg can last forever. Traffic jams on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway will be replaced with “talking, thinking, seeing, and being” — and enough sleep. When he sells his business for a cool million dollars, his dream finally seems within reach. Yet his wife Glynis has concocted endless excuses why it’s never the right time to go.

    Linda says: "haunting...read this summer on the beach!!"
    "Didactic rants"
    Overall

    As an Australian, I am interested in the nuts and bolts of the US health system. However this was just a total showcase for railing against the lack of national health care and the ills of health insurers in the United States. In the end, I just had to stop listening because I got sick to death of yet another character's rants.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Condition

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jennifer Haigh
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (106)

    The Condition tells the story of the McKotches, a proper New England family that comes apart during one fateful summer. One day on the beach, Frank McKotch is struck by an image he cannot forget: his 13-year-old daughter, Gwen, strangely infantile in her child-sized bikini, standing a full head shorter than her younger cousin Charlotte. At that moment, he knows a truth that he can never again unknow: something is terribly wrong with his only daughter.

    glamazon says: "Awesome read"
    "Hard to fathom the many good reviews"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I only listened for two hours before giving up.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer Haigh again?

    Not especially.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No problem with the narration.


    Was The Condition worth the listening time?

    No. Characters are one-dimensional, and hard to believe in a story that cried out for depth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Americanah

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (216)

    As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

    Lorraine says: "The best book bar none!"
    "Broad, deep and compelling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Americanah again? Why?

    I would love to. Adichie's extraordinarily rich language, so beautifully and poetically read by Adjoa Andoh. A story that crosses continents and cultures with insight, sensitivity and startling authenticity.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved them all.


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

    I wish I was more attracted to the McCall Smith detective series, because Andoh's interpretation would be the tipping point. I could listen to her all day.


    If you could take any character from Americanah out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ifem. I identified with her immigrant's search for home.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Say Her Name

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Francisco Goldman
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Celebrated novelist Francisco Goldman married a beautiful young writer named Aura Estrada in a romantic Mexican hacienda in the summer of 2005. The month before their second anniversary, during a long-awaited holiday, Aura broke her neck while body-surfing. Francisco, blamed for Aura’s death by her family and blaming himself, wanted to die, too.

    Lynne says: "Should have stayed a magazine article"
    "Should have stayed a magazine article"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Say Her Name?

    The personal failed to transcend and become universal.


    What could Francisco Goldman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Goldman could have been a little less obsessed with diarising the relationship, and put more effort into a philosophical approach to the tragedy, thereby placing it in the broader scheme of his life.


    Any additional comments?

    Goldman's untrammeled adoration for his young wife prevented us from seeing what there actually was to adore. A little less telling, and a lot more showing could have made it more believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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