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John W. Simpson

Alexandria, VA United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 172 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7111)
    Performance
    (5053)
    Story
    (5042)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "If you liked the Help, then this is for you!"
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    What did you love best about The Kitchen House?

    The story was believable the entire way. You can just feel each characters emotions and sometimes their helplessness. I was given enough information to really picture each person.


    If you could take any character from The Kitchen House out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Belle. The food she prepared sounded wonderful. I'd like her recipes, but more importantly, I'd want to know how she survived without her son.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and have recommend it to friends.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes behind the Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (132)

    Most Westerners working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside a military compound or embassy. Not Deborah Rodriguez. Here, she tells the story of the beauty school she founded in the middle of Kabul and of the vibrant women who were her students. When Rodriguez opened the Kabul Beauty School, she not only empowered her students with a new sense of autonomy but also made some of the closest friends of her life.

    Becky says: "Thumbs down"
    "Brave Woman!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was recommend to me by another Audible listener and I've continued the trend. What captured me was the woman's bravery in relocating to this country right after the 911 attacks on the US.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was so colorful and made wrong decisions like the rest of us. She didn't always think through her future plans, but that was why it was fun to peek into her life. I wanted to see how she handled her new marriage and culture and all the women she helped develop into wage earners in a culture where women do not work.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but who has that kind of time. Rather, I made a date with the story everyday, which made my dog happy, as I tended to walk longer.


    Any additional comments?

    This review was by John's wife.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4497)
    Performance
    (2647)
    Story
    (2647)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Outstanding!"
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    Would you listen to Matterhorn again? Why?

    This is one of the best Viet Nam era books that I have read or listened to over the years. Having spent a year in the same area depicted in the story as a young 18 year old Marine radio operator, it is chilling to me how well the author did in recreating the actual atmosphere of that time and place. I hope he writes a sequel, as well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Thousand White Women

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jim Fergus, J. Will Dodd (introduction)
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks, Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (452)

    One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the Western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.

    Glory says: "Incredible FICTION"
    "By far my favorite of the year."
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    Where does One Thousand White Women rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Top ten! Great plot. Makes you wonder if this could have really been proposed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    By far the main character.


    What does Laura Hicks bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The vivid story is much more alive through the voice.


    If you could rename One Thousand White Women, what would you call it?

    The Unsavory's


    Any additional comments?

    I could hardly wait to walk the dog each morning so I could continue on my journey west with the women. This book is one of my all time favorites.

    Submitted by John's wife

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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