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Eva

United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 3 reviews
  • 56 ratings
  • 185 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Minister's Wooing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Melbra Sibrel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    First published in 1859, and set in 18th-century Newport, Rhode Island, The Minister's Wooing is a historical novel and domestic comedy that satirizes Calvinism, celebrating its intellectual and moral integrity while critiquing its rigid theology. Mary Scudder lives with her widowed mother in a modest middle-class home. Dr. Hopkins, a Calvinist minister who boards with them, is dedicated to helping the slaves arriving at Newport and calls for the abolition of slavery.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, lousy narrator"
    "See review by "Jeff" on 6-01-10"
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    If you could sum up The Minister's Wooing in three words, what would they be?

    Theology, romance, historical.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary, the heroine, wrestled with her conscience and culture heroically.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Melbra Sibrel?

    Someone who actually loves the subject matter or could respect and understand the heart of the work. She really seemed to despise this book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Mary makes a marriage decision.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite books. I wish there was another recording that I could fully enjoy. The content fully carries my 5 star rating and causes me to not allow the narrator to rob listeners of a great book. Jeff's review expressed my thoughts perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mudbound

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Hillary Jordan
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (477)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (257)

    Hillary Jordan's mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

    Betty says: "May this South never rise again."
    "Easy to listen to...perfectly cast narration."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mudbound to be better than the print version?

    The audio version uses perfectly cast readers so it is easy to keep track of who's point of view you are listening to.


    What other book might you compare Mudbound to and why?

    The female lead character had a resolve and self awareness which remind's me of Winter's Bone.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene stayed in my mind throughout the story. The author did a great job using it as an anchor to unfold her story.


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

    I'm glad I took a break in listening because I needed to absorb the subtleties.


    Any additional comments?

    The director and narration enhanced the quality of this audiobook. None of the voices or pace was distracting from the writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (502)

    The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

    Brooks says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Bootleggers of the 21st Century"
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    What did you love best about Winter's Bone?

    The main character is believable, likeable, and admirable. Ree Dolly navigates us through a longstanding secretive culture as she seeks out help from extended family members in her community, none of which are kind. Her persistent self sacrificing made her the best strong female role model I have met in a while.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story stayed focused and didn't get bogged down with too many details. I could easily visualize the characters as people I had seen in rural communities. I loved the matter of fact tone the writer uses when addressing shocking choices, reasonings, and behaviors. It all seems so natural.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    I loved her reading! Her accent was not too harsh and made me believe she was possibly native to the area. Her pace was perfect. I felt like I was sitting on a front porch listening to a great story being seamlessly remembered.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Ree Dolly set out to walk through the yards, woods and caves describing her ancestors plight and planning how she might have to survive or hide there while raising her brothers and caring for her Mother - I couldn't help but feel her desperation.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is easily listened to in one sitting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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