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Anna

Southfield, MI, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Shadow Tag: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    When Irene America discovers that her husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safe deposit box. There she records the truth about her life and her marriage, while turning her Red Diary—hidden where Gil will find it—into a manipulative farce.

    Maxine says: "Enjoyed it until the ending"
    "Really a very dark story"
    Overall
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    Story

    First let me say that I usually love Louise Erdrich's novels and writing. I was so disappointed in this novel, however. The story was so very dark with emotional abuse so intense that it was often difficult to listen to. Obviously the author's skill in drawing me into the story was good, however, I found the lack of redemption in the story disturbing. Real life has enough of this. I also was disappointed that she missed the opportunity to expand and educate the reader about spousal abuse. The ending was to say the least unsatisfying and disappointing. When I think of The Last Report of the Miracles at Little No Horse for example, I cannot believe it is the same author. She must have been going through a very dark time, indeed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (279)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    A User says: "What a waste"
    "Artful meandering"
    Overall

    Audrey Neiffengger is a skilled writer. Unfortunately for this book, she forgot to develop the plot. The book meanders through the characters lives and this is where she spends her efforts. The author forgot about the story. It has about as much substance as the ghosts she writes about. Again, meandering is the essence of this book. It passes time, but leaves the listener-reader nowhere at the end.

    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
    (836)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (320)

    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!"
    "As rich and satisfying as a book can be"
    Overall

    Barbara Kingsolver has written an amazingly beautiful book which is thought provoking through out it's rich account of the main characters life. The main character retains an innocence and goodness despite the many ups and downs in his life. The author has also managed to convey important 20th century history with out a history lesson but as a backdrop to the main characters life and interweaves that history seamlessly. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    MJ Meyerson says: "Awful!"
    "no redeeming value"
    Overall

    This is Dan Brown at his worst. There is no point to the sick and twisted story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Katharine McMahon
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    There are long-held secrets at the manor house in Buckinghamshire, England, where Emilie Selden has been raised in near isolation by her father. A student of Isaac Newton, John Selden believes he can turn his daughter into a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist. Secluded in their ancient house, with only two servants for company, he fills Emilie with knowledge and records her progress obsessively.

    D. J. says: "Excellent!!"
    "Talented author and yet"
    Overall

    This is obviously a talented writer. She develops her story beautifully. And yet, after all of her work in developing her story, she wraps the book up abruptly and with little of the attention she gave to the rest of the book. My hope is that this author will realize her shortcoming and go on to write the truly wonderful fiction she is capable of.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose of Sebastopol: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Katharine McMahon
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In 1854, beautiful, adventurous Rosa Barr travels to the Crimean battlefield with Florence Nightingale's nursing corps. A headstrong idealist, longing to break out of the rigid confines of life as a young lady, Rosa is determined to make a difference in the world.For Mariella Lingwood, Rosa's cousin, the war is contained within the pages of her scrapbook, in her London sewing circle, and in the letters she receives from her fiancé, Henry - a celebrated surgeon.

    Anna says: "So promising yet so disappointing"
    "So promising yet so disappointing"
    Overall

    This author writes beautifully descriptive novels. She has obviously researched her writing and develops her characters. Her characters grow and change through the book. Yet, in both this novel and the Alchemists daughter, she wraps the book up in 3 minutes after spending hours with the body of the book. It left me feeling that the book was unfinished and I was unsatisfied.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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