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Rachel

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  • Caleb's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (409)

    In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex....

    Mary Sue says: "Another good entry into fiction!"
    "Book spoiled by narrator"
    Overall

    This isn't a review of the book, because I couldn't listen to it. I stopped about 15 minutes in. This is the second Geraldine Brooks book that I have stopped listening to because of poor narration. The other was People of the Book. I've heard so many spectacular Audible narrators that it's a big disappointment when the reading is of such poor quality.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (898)

    Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

    Emily - Audible says: "Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing"
    "Delicious performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love to inhabit Jane Austen's world, particularly during electoral season silliness in the U.S. I thought Juliet Stevenson's performance enhanced the satire and the romance of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Barbara Brown Taylor
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    After nine years serving on the staff of a big urban church in Atlanta, Barbara Brown Taylor arrives in rural Clarkesville, Georgia (population 1,500), following her dream to become the pastor of her own small congregation. The adjustment from city life to country dweller is something of a shock - but small-town life offers many of its own unique joys. Taylor has five successful years that see significant growth in the church she serves, but ultimately she finds herself experiencing "compassion fatigue".

    Illini Two says: "Barbara Brown Taylor at her best"
    "disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked BBT's book Altar in the World, but was disappointed by this story of her decision to leave parish ministry. The ego on this woman just won't stop. I was hoping for something inspirational but found largely a long justification of her decision to break a commitment she had made. I am also a parish minister and I was stunned by the level of self-importance she gave herself once she put on the clerical collar and the level of her grief at becoming an "ordinary" person again once she took it off. She's a good writer, obviously, but the book didn't meet my expectations. And the narrator read it in a saccharine, "spiritual" voice which really put me off. I made it almost to the end, but finally couldn't take it any more. Not recommended.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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