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Kay

Flagstaff, AZ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6575)
    Performance
    (5690)
    Story
    (5680)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Incredible narration"
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    This is a clever and very intertaining bit of slightly historical fiction. Edoardo Ballerini's brilliant voice interpretation of the full range of characters is as entertaining as the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Land and Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Katy Simpson Smith
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Drawn to the ocean, 10-year-old Tabitha wanders the marshes of her small coastal village and listens to her father's stories about his pirate voyages and the mother she never knew. Since the loss of his wife, Helen, John has remained land-bound for their daughter, but when Tab contracts yellow fever, he turns to the sea once more. Desperate to save his daughter, he takes her aboard a sloop bound for Bermuda, hoping the salt air will heal her.

    Sand says: "Grew on me--reminded me of Cold Mountain"
    "Edoaardo Ballerini makes this book a winner"
    Overall
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    As usual, Edoardo Ballerini interprets the characters so well, he elevates a fairly good book to a level of excellence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sultana

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lisa J. Yarde
    • Narrated By Maureen Boutilier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In 13th-century Moorish Spain, the realm of Granada is in crisis. The union of Fatima, granddaughter of the Sultan of Granada, with the Sultan's nephew Faraj has fractured the nation. A bitter civil war escalates and endangers both Fatima and Faraj's lives. All her life, Fatima has sheltered in lavish palaces where danger has never intruded, until now.

    Kay says: "Couldn't get beyond the first two hours"
    "Couldn't get beyond the first two hours"
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    I should have heeded the negative comments about the narration. The reader does a fine job when using her natural voice and her Spanish accent adds to the atmosphere. But her attempts to speak in a range of other voices, including children and multiple men and women, were so forced they were laughable. Reminded me of myself trying to create funny voices when reading to a child. The story may be good, but I couldn't listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1902)
    Performance
    (1653)
    Story
    (1670)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Best work since Prodigal Summer"
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    This is the Barbara Kingsolver I love to read - or listen to! I normally avoid books read by the author, but Kingsolver's oral interpretation of her characters makes this book even more endearing. Although her multiple-voice skills are limited, her main character truly speaks the author's voice. I enjoyed her weaving important lessons about global warming into an entrancing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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