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carla

GUALALA, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 8 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 35 purchased in 2014
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  • The Newlyweds

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nell Freudenberger
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    In The Newlyweds, we follow the story of Amina Mazid, who at age twenty-four moves from Bangladesh to Rochester, New York, for love. A hundred years ago, Amina would have been called a mail-order bride. But this is an arranged marriage for the twenty-first century: Amina is wooed by - and woos - George Stillman online. For Amina, George offers a chance for a new life and a different kind of happiness than she might find back home. For George, Amina is a woman who doesn’t play games.

    Linda says: "You run into yourself in the darndest places"
    "Unexpected ending."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The book describes the differences between the two cultures very well.
    Easy to understand why it works and doesn't work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • May We Be Forgiven

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By A. M. Homes
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    May We Be Forgiven, a darkly comic novel of 21st-century domestic life, stars Harold Silver, a historian who's always been jealous of his successful brother, George. But when the hot-tempered George is institutionalized for committing a violent act, Harold finds himself comforting his brother's wife and children. What follows is a scathing examination of a family so fractured it may never be whole again.

    Jill says: "Give this one a try!"
    "WEIRD BUT FASCINATING"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is like reading a newspaper, where 20 unbelievable things happen, and have them happen to one family. Car accident, husband killing his wife. Random sex with a stranger. You name if, it is here.

    Somehow, you feel for the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (1961)
    Story
    (1946)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Producers should be fired"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    How anybody could kill such a beautiful book by having it read with almost impossible to understand narrators is absolutely impossible to fanthom. I finally bought the actual book, so I could understand the story, which is up to Khaled's usual standards. I have live in 7 countries, and never had any problem with language or accents, so don't think the problem lies with me. Looking at other comments, I see that I am not the only one.

    Maybe having to buy two books is a good merchandising plot.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Completely and totally. Redo this book with only Khaled as narrator and I'll buy it again.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is terrific, if you READ it not LISTEN to it.


    Any additional comments?

    REDO THE AUDIO BOOK VERSION (caps intended)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Anthony Swofford
    • Narrated By Anthony Swofford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Following the success of Jarhead, Anthony Swofford assumed he had exorcised his military demons - but as every veteran knows, that isn't exactly how it works. In these searing, courageous pages, Swofford struggles to make sense of what his military service meant, and to decide - after nearly ending it - what his life can and should become. Consumed by drugs, booze, fast cars, and the wrong women, Swofford almost lost everything and everyone that mattered to him.

    Michael Willis says: "Very interesting, with nothing hidden or held back"
    "A HUMAN STORY"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If this friend was in a similar situation, I would recommend it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Becoming famous does not hold the key to happiness.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I had to get used to the flat staccato of his voice, but then realized that not many other people could have been the voice of this book. The author himself HAD to narrate.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2905)
    Performance
    (2585)
    Story
    (2587)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Thoroughly enjoyed this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

    Yes, that could be true, because the narrator makes you feel like you are on the road with the main character


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    Too many


    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
    (1704)
    Performance
    (1406)
    Story
    (1395)

    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"
    "One of the best stories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I hate answering this way, and won't. It was one of the best books I have recently read. Great characters. Five stars all the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5734)
    Performance
    (4962)
    Story
    (4956)

    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"
    "Deeply disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Beautiful Ruins better?

    Development of the characters


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jess Walter again?

    I'll listen to the narrator, but I'll think twice about anything by the author


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None. Everything was so superficial. The only character that was developed to a certain extent was Pasquale. His emotions seem real; the others I did not believe in for one second. I have been going to the coasts and lakes of Italy since 1957 and probably
    expected too much. But any "Housewifes of..." has more character development than
    Beautiful Ruins. I understand one can only describe the celebrities, because their personalities are too well known, but the remainder was abysmal.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and anger at being hoodwinked into a tearjerker.


    Any additional comments?

    The above should be enough.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Reliable Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Goolrick
    • Narrated By Mark Feuerstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (296)

    When a wealthy man first meets his mail-order bride in 1907, he realizes this statuesque beauty is anything but a "simple missionary's daughter." But he doesn't know of her devious plan to leave Wisconsin as a rich widow. Nor does she know of the furious demons he longs to unleash during the lonely months of snowbound isolation.

    Richard says: "Intriguing story but only average writing"
    "Very disappointing and sappy."
    Overall

    One of the more disappointing books I have listened to in a while. It starts out very promising, but never
    develops. A cross between soft porn and Victorian novel. Really pretty awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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