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Alene

Montgomery, TX, USA

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  • White Oleander

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Janet Fitch
    • Narrated By Oprah Winfrey
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (63)

    In this gripping first novel, a young girl, orphaned when her mother murders an ex-lover, endures the shuffle of a foster child's life. Oprah enjoyed her book club pick so much that she narrates the audiobook edition!

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    Rebekah Lee says: "Like the wings of a dark bird on a September night"
    "Abridged version skipped too much!"
    Overall

    The book was interesting, but I had many unanswered questions. Too much of the book was cut out. I'll stick with unabridged versions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Icy Sparks

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gwyn Hyman Rubio
    • Narrated By Kate Miller
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    A funny, sad, and transcendent story of a young girl growing up in Appalachia. The New York Times Book Review called this Oprah Book Club selection "vivid and unforgettable."

    Alene says: "Icy made me warm."
    "Icy made me warm."
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. At first I almost gave up on it, but I'm glad I didn't. It made me laugh, cry, and sing. My eyes were opened to Tourette Syndrome and how diagnosed people suffer from the public's ignorance.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3591)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (928)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Memoirs gave me much to think about!"
    Overall

    I did not expect this to be such a compelling, intriguing book. I had no idea I would yearn to hear more and more. At it's end, I am sad it's over but feel Sayuri has left me with many good things. I will listen to this again.

    I definitely recommend this book.

    39 of 41 people found this review helpful

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