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M. Adler

DeLand, FL USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 62 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Mosaic: A Chronicle of Five Generations

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diane Armstrong
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (81)

    >i>Mosaic is compelling storytelling at its best - from the fascinating details of Polish-Jewish culture and the rivalries and dramas of family life, to its moving account of lives torn apart by war and persecution, this an extraordinary true story of a family, and of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage.

    Margaret says: "Spectacular story"
    "Compelling story in recreated history"
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    What did you love best about Mosaic?

    This book tells the story of an extended family through generations, bringing the horrors of the Holocaust into focus, and telling the stories from a different point of view, including that of survivors.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many.


    Any additional comments?

    This was so good, I look forward to listening to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    Overall
    (2972)
    Performance
    (2592)
    Story
    (2595)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Brilliant"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    I just finished listening to it and am resisting listening again, saving it for a future date when I can't wait anymore. This is Jodi Picoult in top form. The writing is superb; the harrowing story is difficult to pause, so real and horrific, even though we know much about the end; the performance is brilliant. I can't imagine that reading this as text would begin to approach the impact of this recording.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storyteller?

    The twist at the end, even though I expected it.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They were amazing. Edoardo Ballerini's accents!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes, but I resisted.


    Any additional comments?

    Picoult's research is superb. We always learn something from reading her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (272)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "I'll keep trying"
    Overall

    So excited to see a new book out by Kingsolver that I didn't look to see the reader. After Animal, Vegetable ... I wouldn't have bought it. A wonderful writer, but others would have brought the book to life rather than letting it languish in an unnatural speaking voice with over-ennuciation. I'll keep trying with the playback speeded up.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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