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Amy

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  • By Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ellen Ullman
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    San Francisco, 1970s. Free love has given way to radical feminism, psychedelic ecstasy to hard-edged gloom. The Zodiac Killer stalks the streets. A disgraced professor takes a downtown office to plot his return. But the walls are thin, and he’s distracted by voices from next door—his neighbor is a psychologist, and one of her patients dislikes the hum of the white-noise machine. And so he begins to hear about the patient’s troubles with her female lover, her conflicts with her adoptive WASP family, and her quest to track down her birth mother.

    Pam says: "Wanted to listen in one sitting"
    "creative and different"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of By Blood to be better than the print version?

    not really though well read
    i liked the accents


    What other book might you compare By Blood to and why?

    TV- In Therapy


    What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good grasp of language


    If you could rename By Blood, what would you call it?

    Admittedly not a great name
    I'd have to think about it!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (1016)
    Story
    (998)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Really unique"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it is a compelling and heartbreaking story right from the beginning


    What other book might you compare The Light Between Oceans to and why?

    Human, dark, riveting and compelling


    What does Noah Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His tone is sweet and dark and loving.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Forbidden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anouk Markovits
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Opening in 1939 Transylvania, five-year-old Josef witnesses the murder of his family by the Romanian Iron Guard and is rescued by a Gentile maid to be raised as her own son. Five years later, Josef rescues a young girl, Mila, after her parents are killed while running to meet the Rebbe they hoped would save them. Josef helps Mila reach Zalman Stern, a leader in the Satmar community, in whose home Mila is raised as a sister to Zalman’s daughter, Atara.

    Berta Thomas says: "Heartrending"
    "Not Modern Orthodoxy!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    To learn more about orthodoxy - pretty extreme. Certain facets not covered; like what they lived off of!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Anouk Markovits? Why or why not?

    Maybe. It didn't draw me in or endear the characters to me. I would have liked to know more about the sister who left and her challenges-


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Not sure why the British accent - and it's Bubbie and Zayde; not Bobby and Ziedie! Lots of language challenges in the book. Not bad considering that.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Deborah Feldman
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (274)

    In this captivating memoir, Deborah Feldman takes listeners on an eye-opening journey into Orthodox Jewish culture. Raised in the suffocating world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Feldman was told what to read and who she was allowed to talk to. Married off at 17, she suffered from anxiety and was shamed by an inability to please her older husband. But after giving birth to a son at age 19, Feldman realized it was time to tear up her roots and make her own path in life.

    Ella says: "A one-sided glimpse into a secretive world"
    "Out of the darkness..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Unorthodox the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the courage and bravery it took for Deborah to redirect her life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unorthodox?

    The car accident


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Meeting her betrothed


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked to know more abut her mother... Book 2?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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