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Nancy

San Mateo, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Cat's Table

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated By Michael Ondaatje
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (203)

    In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table” - as far from the Captain’s Table as can be - with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury.

    Amanda says: "Superb - But Not For All Readers or All Situations"
    "Sometimes authors shouldn't read their books"
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    What did you like best about The Cat's Table? What did you like least?

    I love Ondaatje's characters and he develops a good story. I wish I could have enjoyed it more and would have with a better reader.


    Would you recommend The Cat's Table to your friends? Why or why not?

    I may read the book and then decide.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Ondaatje’s performance?

    I have heard MO in person and he is a compelling speaker. As a reader he is difficult to follow -- far too soft and rather flat in his presentation. Such a shame.


    Was The Cat's Table worth the listening time?

    No - it was hard to follow because of the poor presentation.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3641)
    Performance
    (3251)
    Story
    (3251)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Couldn't Put This Down!"
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    If you could sum up Suspect in three words, what would they be?

    If you love dogs and a good mystery you will love this. The story is told from different perspectives - and the dog's is fascinating. We all wonder what our dogs are thinking - now we know!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie the dog is dedicated, damaged, caring, fun - a perfect character


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Andrews gets it just right! You know the characters but he doesn't overplay - particularly when he speaks for the dog.


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

    The Pack


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Bovary

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Gustave Flaubert, Gerard Hopkins (translator)
    • Narrated By Ronald Pickup
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    Emma Bovary, a doctor's wife, seeks an escape from her dull life through having extra-marital affairs. Flaubert's novel scandalized its readers when it was first published in 1857, and it remains unsurpassed in its unveiling of character and society.

    A. Laprade-velasco says: "Fantastic Narrator"
    "Worth a listen!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This reader is extraordinary! He could read almost any book and make it come alive.


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

    Depth of emotion and character development


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3679)
    Performance
    (2260)
    Story
    (2285)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "A Must-Read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a thought-provoking and very moving true story. I learned so much about the morality and complications of medical research! It is also a story of some amazing people - Deborah is a true character and inspiration. It would be good for everyone to read this and come to their own conclusions on the future of cell research. After this book, you will have a greater knowledge of the issues - personal and scientific.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Unquestionnably Deborah.


    What does Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    ?


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

    When Henrietta's children first saw her cells.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Nouf

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Zoe Ferraris
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Nayir al-Sharqi, known by his friends for religious piety and his Bedouin-like knowledge of the desert, lends his assistance to a wealthy family when their soon to-be-married daughter Nouf goes missing. After a short search, the girl is found dead, apparently drowned in the desert during a freak deluge. Something about her death doesn't sit well with Nayir, however, and he makes an uncomfortable alliance with a female coroner's technician to determine what really happened.

    A User says: "transported"
    "Should be read by everyone"
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    What did you love best about Finding Nouf?

    The perspective of life in Saudi Arabia - the role of women.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nayir - his knowledge of the desert and the fact that, while being very traditional, he is able to be open to the changes around him - particularly those of the roles of women.


    Which character – as performed by Pete Bradbury – was your favorite?

    Nouf's sister.


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

    Only that I have been telling everyone I know to read it.


    Any additional comments?

    Unique approach by a detective, dealing with the death of a young woman, in a totally "veiled" society. I feel that everyone should read this for a better understanding of this part of the world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Vaddey Ratner
    • Narrated By Greta Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood - the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father.

    Melinda says: "A Terrible Tale from A Beautiful Storywriter"
    "A Different Perspective"
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    What did you like best about In the Shadow of the Banyan? What did you like least?

    The story is told by a young princess of Cambodia which gives it a different perspective of the Cambodian "Killing Fields." It is a tribute to survival and has some compelling characters, but it gets lost in poetic wanderings.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Finding Nouf


    Which character – as performed by Greta Lee – was your favorite?

    The narrator


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

    Maybe but I doubt it would be made into a movie without being changed considerably.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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