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Denise

Fort Howard, MD, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13413)
    Performance
    (5833)
    Story
    (5906)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Being human"
    Overall

    This novel is beautifully written, and keeps your attention. I love that the plot shifts from early adulthood to late adulthood in an almost seamless fashion. You will not be dissatisfied with this download. The author taps into the social/medical aspects of the elderly and what we as a society subject our aging relatives to in a nursing home setting. This book also reveals a time of the true traveling circus, no longer existent in quite the same form, especially given political correctness, i.e., freak show. This is a novel about being human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (689)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "One of the best"
    Overall

    If you like magical realism, then this audio is for you. I read this in print over 10yrs ago and was hooked on Murakami for life. Hearing it again in audible, I was equally impressed. I can not wait till audible gets the whole Murakami library, but for now I will relish every title they've recently added.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Year of Meats

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by American meat exporters. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones, literally.

    Emily says: "Entrancing story, unbelievable narration"
    "of cultural interest, but..."
    Overall

    I enjoyed the narration of this book, it was paced very well. I loved the cultural differences contrasted between Japan and the US and their views of the meat and food industry, in marriage and love, and business of documentaries and television. I believe the book becomes politically-themed and the the author's views are conveyed through the writing of this novel. So, my decision to download her other book is still not made as of this writing as a result. I know the meat industry and the world of medicine is far from perfect and I'm not sure if it is an appropriate subject for entertainment, frankly, I was saddened by the effects and abuses of adulterated food. I did not find modern medicine blunders very entertaining either. I gave this book 3 stars, because it held my attention through the storytelling in spite of some of the content and end results. I thought this book would be a little more light-hearted. I was not prepared for the gloom.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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