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Michal L. Jones

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Shelocta, Pa USA | Member Since 2013

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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2174)
    Performance
    (1932)
    Story
    (1917)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "captivating"
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    After the Kite Runner I was anxious to read another of Hosseini's books. I cannot begin to describe the pictures he paints with words or summing up in one or two sentences the feelings and depth of soul he gives to a character. I wish I could have written them down (I listen when I'm driving). One of the characters has Alzheimer's and he writes a note which is found after his death. It says something to the effect "I'm about the drown, and it's going to take a long time". Or the beautiful "goodnight" of a father to daughter where he circles his finger around her head to draw out the "bad dreams' and puts them in an invisible sack and then runs his finger around again to give her good dreams. These characters are real and become your friends who you care for, and cry and laugh with. Set in Afghanistan, and following the characters from 1940 to 2010 the background and the history of this beautiful country and the people are brought to life. The stories don't seem to have any relationship to each other but then the intertwining of the lives from Paris, Afghanistan, Greece, and San Francisco coalesce through the generations. The book is narrated by the Author and his Afghani accent only further brings the characters, and country to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Susan Fraser King
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Shipwrecked, a young Saxon princess and her family - including the outlawed Edgar of England - ask sanctuary of the warrior-king Malcolm Canmore, who shrewdly sees the political advantage. He promises to aid Edgar and the Saxon cause in return for the hand of Edgar's sister, Margaret, in marriage. A foreign queen in a strange land, Margaret adapts to life among the barbarian Scots, bears princes, and shapes the fierce warrior Malcolm into a sophisticated ruler. Yet even as the king and queen build a passionate and tempestuous partnership, the Scots distrust her.

    Katherine says: "Tested my patience."
    "Short on Historical Perspective"
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    Although there was some "background" on the story and some attempt at depicting life in the 11th century the story was predictable and bland. The story was weak and wasn't a "page turner" by any means. The book ended without any real closure on WHY she was written about. I suppose the emphasis on her "good deeds" was supposed to clue me in, but there wasn't anything to say what happened to the minor characters either. Rather bland overall. The narrator was OK in the descriptive portions of the book, but when it came to the characters I was jolted by the change in tone and the stilted reading, especially when the "Queen" was speaking it sounded like a message from a very bad robo call. I have to say had this not been a "bogo" I'd have returned it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (280)

    Seymour "Swede" Levov is a prosperous, hard-working family man who comes of age in America's triumphant postwar era. But when the country begins to run amok in the 1960s, Swede's perfect world crumbles.

    Thomas says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Glad I listened but..."
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    Roth is known for his capturing the Jewish Culture of the 50's and 60's and does so in an excellent way... The story is hard to get into and then seems to end abruptly without resolution to the main characters (inferred but I like a "concrete" end to my books). Definitely NOT a page turner but worth the read of on of America's greatest authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6913)
    Performance
    (6327)
    Story
    (6332)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "A Journey into Adulthood"
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    I don't like to re-cap the plot in reviews. This book is remarkable in so many ways . Beginning when he is 13 we meet Theo and follow him into manhood at the end of the book 15+ years later. The richness of the writing takes you immediately into his world. The nuances of so many cultures and intricacies of the art world are woven seamlessly into the story. From New York to Las Vegas to the cities of Europe. His "best friend" Boris (the Russian) is the catalyst for many of the adventures. They meet as teenagers and are reunited as adults. Some of their adventures might seem outrageous to some, but I can totally see teenagers doing what they do. While the book is "long" you don't notice the time and best of all it has a 'good" ending. The narrator is amazing. He captures each character to a tee.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lowland

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (420)

    Born just 15 months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan - charismatic and impulsive - finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.

    Simeen says: "My least favorite of all her work."
    "One Man's Influence"
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    This book spans 50 years in the lives of three people. The journey these people take through life are the result of one man's actions. Part of the book is set in India and then the US. The events in India in the late 50's early 60's are not taught in the US. It sparked me to do some research into the violent birth of the Indian nation at the end of British rule. The Indian culture was something else I know little about and it made me appreciate some of the customs I see here. The characters and places are brought to life with a gentle soothing narrative and the reader with is subtle Indian accent brings the even more authenticity to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (981)

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    linda says: "Eerie, Relentless, Riveting"
    "In the Dark in the Night"
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    This started out as your standard "mystery" story about a girl who committs sucide. But soon the twists and turns and dark magic come into play. Just about the time you think you have it "figured out" (and maybe you do in a sense) the whole thing collapases. What is real is real what isn't is (sorta') ... I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it ....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1690)
    Performance
    (1525)
    Story
    (1529)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Entertaing and Enjoyable"
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    I really wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but it was a mystery of sorts and a journey of two people through the darkness to the mending of the heart and mind of mental illness. The characters are full of life and at times heartbreaking. This book has several "sliver linings"... Would recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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