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Mary

McCall, ID, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • On Canaan’s Side: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    From the two-time Man Booker short-listed author of The Secret Scripture comes a magnificent new novel that is the story of the twentieth century in America. Told in the first person, as a narrative of Lilly Bere’s life over seventeen days, On Canaan’s Side opens as Lilly mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill.

    Laurene says: "Lovely and sad"
    "Sort of a Memoir"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I thought it was kind of drawn out, maybe too long for the content of the story.


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

    Irish History


    What does Wanda McCaddon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A very personal view


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paris: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Jean Gilpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (290)

    Internationally best-selling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris. Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties, passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city.

    Kathi says: "Rutherfurd's "Paris"--C'est très bien!"
    "Not the Paris you'd hope for."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who may want to read a little history tossed in with a distracting and poorly written second rate novel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Edward Rutherfurd again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was OK.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Paris?

    Too much to describe here.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was poorly written. I wouldn't recommend it period! I wanted to learn more history of Paris and there was much included here, but the attempt to turn it into a novel involving inept love stories just didn't cut it. I quit half way through. The side stories were so out of touch with the historical part it was just not good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jennifer Homans
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    For more than 400 years, the art of ballet has stood at the center of Western civilization. Its traditions serve as a record of our past. A ballerina dancing The Sleeping Beauty today is a link in a long chain of dancers stretching back to 16th-century Italy and France: Her graceful movements recall a lost world of courts, kings, and aristocracy, but her steps and gestures are also marked by the dramatic changes in dance and culture that followed.

    Paul Krasner says: "Was sad when it ended"
    "Better than you think!"
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    Would you listen to Apollo's Angels again? Why?

    Yes. The history of Europe told in this book was a surprise. I'd like to review it all!! And recently we had the privilege of hearing and seeing the author tell her story in person. She made the book come alive in her demonstration of steps and reasons why and how they progressed with time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was not about just ballet. It was a surprise saga of the progress and influence made on theatrical performance starting at square one! I found the social impact of "The Dance" in early European times fascinating, learning about royal and male dominance and social implication of dance in the early periods, how marriages between the French and Italian monarchy influenced theater, opera and dance. It was more or less personal stories of the players involved. MUCH more interesting than I ever imagined!


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    She sounded like she had written the book herself.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was on a list of books to be read for a Writer's Conference we attended and I put off reading it, thinking I wasn't interested. Then, when I finally downloaded and listened to the book, I was totally fascinated, as was my husband! There is much more to this saga than you'd think!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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