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  • Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he's hated all his life. This is a deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood - and his home.

    Melinda says: "not a novel, but a collection of short stories"
    "Breathtaking experience"
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    If you could sum up Home in three words, what would they be?

    one word: epic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Narrators of the story. Each one is completely believable.


    Have you listened to any of Toni Morrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Toni Morrison's reading style here, such an enhancement to the experience. She seems to lean over the arm of her porch chair and share her story privately and intimately with us as if we are a trustworthy friend. We listen quietly and hope we deserve her trust.


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

    Multiple times, I needed to pause, backtrack, and listen again. I will certainly listen/read this book again and will recommend it for my Literature/Book Group.


    Any additional comments?

    I have already recommended the audible version of this book to many people. It will surely become a classic and stand up for generations like the grand bay tree in the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets of a Fire King: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kim Edwards
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Showcasing the intensity and preception of a truly gifted writer, this collection of stories by the author of the number-one New York Times best-seller The Memory Keeper's Daughter transports us to exotic locations as it follows the lives of those on the fringes of society: a fire-eater, an American and his Korean war bride, a juggler and a trapeze artist, and a cleaning woman whose life is interwoven with Marie Curie's.

    Marci says: "awful"
    "Unique thought-provoking stories"
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    What other book might you compare The Secrets of a Fire King to and why?

    I would not compare The Secrets of a Fire King to any other short story collection except perhaps Kate Atkinson's It's Not the End of the World, which I keep returning to again and again. Edwards' unique collection of stories begs to be revisited (in my case, listened to again). Each story is a universe--often based on at least one of the ancient Four Elements: Fire, Water, Air, Wind. I don't know if this is intentional, but it causes a linkage of themes in a very subtle way. Here the writing style of author Kim Edwards greatly exceeds The Memory Keeper's Daughter in my opinion. An occasional character do takes another character's face in her hands to make an important statement (a trademark from The Memory Keeper's Daughter). Otherwise, I was literally "blown away" by the creativity of these stories.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding performance and timing of transitions from one story to the next. It's really difficult for the reader to end one story and not begin the next. The stories are kept separate in one's mind, but many stories end with a cliff-hanger. Each story begins with a dramatically different character, point of view, setting, and time period. Must have been a challenge to prepare the reading. Great performance, BD!


    If you could take any character from The Secrets of a Fire King out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Each one of the short story narrators was fascinating and deserves a free dinner!


    Any additional comments?

    Each of the stories is about a "Secret," not just the Fire King. Listen to these stories late at night in the dark before bedtime if you enjoy an escape to completely new experiences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lagoon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nnedi Okorafor
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh, Ben Onwukwe
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (19)

    Three strangers, each isolated by his or her own problems: Adaora, the marine biologist. Anthony, the rapper famous throughout Africa. Agu, the troubled soldier. Wandering Bar Beach in Lagos, Nigeria's legendary mega-city, they're more alone than they've ever been before. But when something like a meteorite plunges into the ocean and a tidal wave overcomes them, these three people will find themselves bound together in ways they could never imagine.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Lagos, where nothing works and everything happens"
    "a book to remember for a long time"
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    What did you love best about Lagoon?

    I loved the range of characters, lots of memorable unique characters, perspectives, and narrators. If I mention some particular favorites, I will ruin the surprises for you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspension of disbelief! Also I can't recall another book that so successfully blends horror, politics, cultural information, and the supernatural. I also loved the inclusion of the "Deleted Chapter."


    What does Adjoa Andoh and Ben Onwukwe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their performances were grand. I listened to some sections multiple times just for the beauty of their performances. The variety of different characters with distinct and consistent voices must have been very demanding. They captured the beauty of the language, nearly poetry at times, and added so much. I totally loved the listening experience. Would rate them higher than 5 stars if I could.


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

    There were many cliffhangers in this tale (even close to the end) that made me not want to do anything but listen. But it's long for one sitting even on a hot summer night!


    Any additional comments?

    This listening experience took a little orientation time for me, but it was well worth the effort at the start. At the 3/4 point (and I can't tell you why), I was really impressed at how many layers had developed in this story with a bit of humor too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1280)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "Kate Atkinson at her finest"
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    What did you love best about Life After Life?

    If you have enjoyed Kate Atkinson's early work (for example, "It's Not the End of the World"), you will love Life After Life. Her art of story-telling, descriptive writing, cleverness, and blend of tragedy and dry humor reach new heights here. She is able to suspend our disbelief time and time again. Each version of Ursula Todd is mesmerizing and essential to the plot. Life After Life is a unique experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the subtle details that change in each version and determine the future. Every time that Ursula makes a tiny decision (study modern languages, for example) or encounters a person or event, a small recalculation in the trajectory of her life follows. We all make choices in our lives, but most of us just pursue the course that we have chosen and don't have an opportunity to live multiple courses. Ursula does. This novel causes us to rethink our own lives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Which scene was your favorite?" is a humorous question for this book. Every time that Ursula is reborn is my favorite. Her birth is slightly different each time.


    Any additional comments?

    I totally enjoyed listening to Fenella Woolgar. She brought the language to life.

    Can't wait to discuss this in my book group.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (1482)
    Story
    (1477)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Brilliant, fun, and thought-provoking"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, yes, yes. I am recommending this book for my Literature Group. The narrator was excellent and enhanced the experience of a true comic-tragedy. You will really care about the characters and be on the edge of your seat as you listen to this book. Warning: this book is so engrossing that you will find it impossible to get work done once you enter the world of "The Marriage Plot."


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All three main characters are splendid and unique. I don't want to give away too much by explaining these characters or their individual quests.


    Have you listened to any of David Pittu???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent narrator, contributed greatly to the cliff-hanger effect of each character's narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Jeffrey Eugenides deserves an award for this achievement. The interview with the author at the end greatly enhances the experience. Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2015)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1178)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    SHEILA says: "The Good Earth"
    "Profound and memorable"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Good Earth to be better than the print version?

    The narrator is so excellent that this audio edition of The Good Earth is either equal to or better than the reading experience. It's like attending a performance with a complete cast of characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    We see the main character as an innocent youth with his dreams, as a hard-working young adult during good times and bad, in the burned out phase of middle years, etc. He makes mistakes and sometimes misses good things (such as his wife) right under his nose.

    I also love the descriptions of the earth itself--indeed the Good Earth is an essential


    Any additional comments?

    This audible book is worth owning. It's good to reread it at different times in life. Glad that my Book Group has decided to reread it after 20 years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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