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R. Henle

I am Granny.

Davis, CA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Postmistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sarah Blake
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (161)

    Alternating between an America still cocooned in its inability to grasp the danger at hand and a Europe being torn apart by war, The Postmistress gives us two women who find themselves unable to deliver the news, and a third woman desperately waiting for news yet afraid to hear it. Sarah Blake's The Postmistress shows how we bear the fact that war goes on around us while ordinary lives continue. Filled with stunning parallels to today, it is a remarkable novel.

    Babs says: "Reasonably enjoyable, but too full of stereotypes"
    "Surprisingly thought-provoking"
    Overall

    This book has had some not so stellar reviews due to the rather flat, blunt reading style of the first half or so of the book. But because the protagonist of this story is a World War II radio reporter, the reader's style is very much aligned with the radio reporting style of that time in our history. I thought it was very fitting to the story. The story itself turns into something quite incredible which was not expected, and from which I found a few meaningful life lessons having to do with the understanding that each individual has a story to tell. I found this to be a memorable and pure story. Listen to it all the way to the end--you won't regret it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (5855)
    Performance
    (4224)
    Story
    (4243)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Stunningly incredible"
    Overall

    I feel compelled to say that this is my favorite Audiobook of all time, and I've been listen/reading since 1992! The reader is superb for this book, drawing you in to each of the characters repeatedly and rollickingly, though the story itself is a somber one. Yes, it's another holocaust story, but you'll be startled by the story line. You'll be amazed at the reader's interpretation of the antagonist (at least I THINK he's the antagonist!). You are never sure where the story is going to go, though you might think it's predictable---it isn't. A fabulous read---I've recommended it to everyone I know, and have listened to it twice myself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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