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Jess - Audible

Armchair (and at times, actual) traveler/dreamer. Audible Editor w/ penchant for literary, lyrical & lighthearted listens. And alliteration.

Jersey City, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 91 ratings
  • 759 titles in library
  • 63 purchased in 2015

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    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patricia McCormick
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre

    Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

    AudioAddict says: "My name is Lakshmi. I am from Nepal. I am 13."
    "Beautifully Told Story"

    This is a heartbreaking novel of a thirteen-year-old Nepalese girl, tricked and sold into a brothel in the slums of Calcutta by her gambling-addicted step-father. The free-verse writing style is brought to life in audio; Justine Eyre’s narration is lyrical and pitch-perfect, an intimate glance inside young Lakshmi’s sad world. At times I wanted to stop listening, but found that I just couldn't. This is an emotional, all-encompassing story, and although it's fiction, it really left me thinking about what so many young girls suffer through. A definite tear-jerker.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Paul Mullen says: "Tough, Candid Assessment"
    "Breathtaking Story, Brilliant Narration"

    This is one of those life-changing books, one that I listened to years ago, but still think of quite often. In this memoir, Ayaan tells her story of leaving Islam, her journey from Africa and Saudi Arabia where she was a devout Muslim, to the Netherlands where she escaped a pre-arranged marriage and became a vocal activist of women’s rights. She lived in hiding for many years due to threats made on her life for participating in Theo van Gogh’s short film criticizing the treatment of women in Islamic society – the same film that he was murdered for making.

    Ayaan’s heroic strength and courage are evident in her soft-spoken yet resolute narration of Infidel, and this heart-wrenching story is made all the more poignant by the telling in her own voice. I am so grateful for brave writers like Ayaan, she literally lends a voice to the many incapable of being heard themselves.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "Moved to tears within the first 20 minutes"

    I wanted to listen to 'Yes, Chef' to learn a little more about world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Harlem's Red Rooster and famous TV personality. I had hoped to be entertained, and to understand what it takes to become such a highly awarded chef like Marcus. What I hadn't expected was to be moved to tears almost immediately and to be captivated all the way through his journey to stardom. Towards the end, I even caught myself listening to it less and less each day so that it would last just a few days longer. I loved this book, and that’s owed to the narration. I’m positive ‘Yes, Chef’ would make for a great read, but there is something about hearing the story in Marcus’ raspy light voice that elevates it, makes it a bit more intimate. He doesn’t just discuss his path of becoming a chef, this is his life-story. He’s passionate, determined, motivated, structured and very serious about his food. All of that emotion and more comes through his reading.

    I was completely blown away, and that is why this takes the spot as my #1 listen of 2012.

    Highly highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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