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Anna Karenina

Dallas, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • The Founding Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John McPhee
    • Narrated By John McPhee
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Few fish are as beloved, or as obsessed over, as the American shad. Although shad spend most of their lives in salt water, they enter rivers by the hundreds of thousands in the spring and swim upstream heroic distances in order to spawn, then return to the ocean.

    Cynthia says: "mixed thoughts"
    "bad audio"
    Overall

    I just started this, and the reader (John McPhee) sounds awful. The sound engineers should have edited out all the breathing noises and the sound of his tongue arranging itself in his mouth. Awful. I'd really like to get my money back. My fault, I guess, because I didn't listen to the preview.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Elsewhere: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Richard Russo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Anyone familiar with Richard Russo's acclaimed novels will recognize Gloversville, once famous for producing that eponymous product and anything else made of leather. This is where the author grew up, the only son of an aspirant mother and a charming, feckless father who were born into this close-knit community. But by the time of his childhood in the 1950s, prosperity was inexorably being replaced by poverty and illness (often tannery-related), with everyone barely scraping by under a very low horizon.

    William says: "Elsewhere---but not far enough"
    "Got bored"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Hardcore Russo fans.


    Has Elsewhere turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I started finding him cranky and tiresome.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The first several chapters are terrific. There just isn't enough of a story to last to the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (540)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "Absolutely awesome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The book is incredibly enlightening as well as engrossing.


    What other book might you compare Behind the Beautiful Forevers to and why?

    A Fine Balance, the novel by Rohinton Mistry. Only this is all real.


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

    I haven't listen to any other, but he's fantastic on this audiobook.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    There are no "tidbits"--everything is important! The most eye-opening parts of the book are about corruption, which is ubiquitous.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mothers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Gilmore
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Jesse and Ramon are a loving couple, but after years spent unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, they turn to adoption, relieved to think that once they navigate the bureaucratic path to parenthood they will have a happy ending. But nothing has prepared them for the labyrinthine process - for the many training sessions and approvals; for the constant advice from friends, strangers, and "experts"; for the birthmothers who contact them but don't ultimately choose them; or even, most shockingly, for the women who call claiming they've chosen Jesse and Ramon but who turn out never to have been pregnant in the first place.

    Anna Karenina says: "Like a diary"
    "Like a diary"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Gilmore and/or Tavia Gilbert?

    Probably not


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jennifer Gilmore? Why or why not?

    Book was too straightforward--not enough literary texture.


    What didn’t you like about Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    Her voice has an anxious, tense quality that made the character seem unlikeable. Also, there were problems with her reading (the director should have caught these). She doesn't know how to pronounce Jewish words, she pronounces "Ramon" in two different ways, her Ramon accent is strangely Russian at times, and she's inconsistent--Ramon has an accent but his mother doesn't.


    Do you think The Mothers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nah.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was very informative--I learned a lot about the adoption process by reading it. Anyone contemplating adoption will find this very useful and thought-provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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