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Maja Miloslavsky

Sunnyvale, California | Member Since 2012

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  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (546)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "So much more than I expected!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a great and gripping story while teaching you a lot about the disease and Hawaii culture.


    What about Anne Noelani Miyamoto’s performance did you like?

    I listened to this book for a book club and because I listened, I got all the names and pronunciation correct. You can hear that she is Hawaiian.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried three times. While driving. Twice because of unbearable sadness and once because of happiness.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dovekeepers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (608)

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

    FanB14 says: "Grade of B-"
    "Historical fiction of long ago"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Dovekeepers the most enjoyable?

    I found it hard to believe that the book taking place in 1st century will be easy to relate to. I truly enjoyed how the book written about time long ago brought the issues and relationship of women so close to a woman driving down busy freeways of today.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters carry the story. None of them are good and none of them are bad. Their lives are shaped by circumstances as much as their own choices.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Shira was my favorite. Forward thinking, powerful and intelligent yet making some good and some terrible choices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3816)
    Performance
    (1678)
    Story
    (1687)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Fantasy fun"
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    If you could sum up Anansi Boys in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, whimsical, fable


    What other book might you compare Anansi Boys to and why?

    It made me think of Terry Pratchett books although it is closer to reality. The characters are fantastical but the plot and relationships are easy to relate to the real world.


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

    The accents! He is marvelous and really gives the feeling of the characters. I particularly enjoyed how he portrayed the old ladies.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sometimes you need a brother to be complete.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (620)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Chris Reich says: "Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?"
    "Seriously consider self censoring"
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    If you could sum up The Sense of an Ending in three words, what would they be?

    Introspective, sad, eye opening


    What other book might you compare The Sense of an Ending to and why?

    This book made me think of Martin Amis books but it was much easier to understand and relate to. The atmosphere makes this book and the lead character is completely believable. It is this easy and intimate relationship one feels with the main character that makes the book so interesting and then makes the reader examine her/his own life and the stories we tell ourselves.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Morant – was your favorite?

    Tony - the main character - carries the book.


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

    When the main character is told that he never got it and he never will, it leaves him and the reader desperately trying to figure out what is there to be gotten. Once the reality becomes clear, the reader has the urge to go back and re-read. The delusion of the main character is the delusion of the reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4124)
    Performance
    (2960)
    Story
    (2955)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Entertaining but slow at times and inaccurate"
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    Where does State of Wonder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is middle of the road. Entertaining for sure but not spectacular.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story is slow at times but I felt that the aspect of drug development in the story was implausible, unbelievable and a bit shallow.


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

    She is a great narrator. I think I listened to her narrate The Fear of Flying and find her very enjoyable.


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

    I still can't believe that she left the mute kid to the cannibals! I guess this could be a spoiler or a hook - depends on how you look at it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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