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Barbara

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  • The Teahouse Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ellis Avery
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    The fates of two women, one American, one Japanese, become entwined in this sweeping novel of 19th century Japan on the cusp of radical change and Westernization. The Japanese tea ceremony, steeped in ritual, is at the heart of this story of an American girl adopted by Kyoto's most important tea master and raised as attendant and surrogate younger sister to his privileged daughter, Yukako.

    Pamela says: "Captivating"
    "Good Story"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this story very much. The subject of women loving women is treated with a great deal of empathy. It is the kind of story, perhaps like Memoirs of a Geisha that is very beliveable and worth listening to again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12699)
    Performance
    (5073)
    Story
    (5111)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "I am puzzled."
    Overall

    I've just finished Pillars and must say enjoyed the story - especially being an ex-catholic. However, I can not for the life of me come up with a reason why this is a best seller, on Oprah's list etc. It is a good story and because of the type of work I do I am able to listen for long periods of time which enabled me to finish the book - but wow, fantastic, best ever, no it is not. What I really enjoyed was reading all of the reviews given on Audible and seeing the varied opinions. How wonderful life in America is - to be able to be so frank and choosey.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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