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Linda Wendling

FORT MYERS, FL, US | Member Since 2012

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  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Jodi Long
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (22)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Fern Richardson says: "Fantastic Story, Total Tear Jerker!"
    "Had some nice moments, but a little flat sometimes"
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    What did you like best about Snow Flower and the Secret Fan? What did you like least?

    I really like the atmosphere here, and the mystique surrounding the younger Snow Flower. I also enjoyed it when I found out the truth about her. Also, the descriptions of this culture and its traditions and environment were well done, as was the use of the fan to communicate. The pacing of this story, and the rather unchanging narration were a bit disappointing. The narrator's voice and presentation were engaging enough, so I'm not sure how to pinpoint what made it feel slow; perhaps the plot itself was just a tad slow for me, but I do recognize that this is literary fiction, so it's more character-driven than plot-driven.


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  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2727)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1091)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "An adventure worth losing yourself in!"
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    Where does The Historian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say The Historian ranks super-high among the (significant number!) of audiobooks I've listened to so far, outdone only by Simon Vance reading Louis Bayard's novels! But seriously, The Historian is a WONDERFUL adventure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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