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Jolinda

Ramona, CA, USA

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  • White Teeth

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (186)

    Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

    Susan says: "Superb narration"
    "disappointed"
    Overall

    After reading On Beauty, which was FABULOUS, I could hardly wait to read White Teeth, Zadie Smith's first book. What a disappointment! I found it very difficult to follow the transitions between characters and didn't find any of the characters interesting enough to make me want to follow them. There was very little light or redemption in site and the characters were not only bleek and seedy but boring as well. In the end, I gave up about 2/3 of the way through, telling myself "this is just more than I wanted to know about turtles".

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • On Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (117)

    Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

    Sarah says: "two thumbs up"
    "Don't Make it End!"
    Overall

    This book is so fabulously written, with rich and poignant metaphor and simile, humor and a
    BIG HEART and observant eye for life, that I
    find myself listening in the car on the whole
    5 minute trip to the high school and back. The
    narration is almost as remarkable as the writing! Don't miss this one...and waiting to
    find White Teeth and anything else Smith has ever written available on Audible soon!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2574)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (349)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Heartfelt and soothing"
    Overall

    In the last few years this is my favorite audible book to date. A bit hard to get into for me but after 15 minutes or so the gentle rhythm is picked up, the excellent voice of Maggi-Meg Reed and Christopher Burns plays a big factor in this gently addictive story. The quality of the interactions and observations about life, in their human vulnerabilities is refreshing and reassuring. This is a great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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