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Barbara

Durham, NC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By L.M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (51)

    Historic Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence is the scene of this charming romance, which has captivated generations of readers young and old. Anne, the orphan child who brings happiness and love into the lives of her foster parents, is one of the most beloved heroines in all literature. But life was not kind to her at the start of her great adventure. For when Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, living alone, decided to adopt a child from the local orphanage, they asked for a boy.

    Clinton says: "O'Malley leaves something to be desired"
    "Happy Nostalgia"
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    What is there to say about a book that helped me feel that my quirks and oddities weren't so odd? The lovely sweetness of that red-haired orphan has stayed with me ever since. This reading is a perfect look into a time that no longer exists but for which we long,

    A wonderful book for a road trip with young girls.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Norah Lofts
    • Narrated By Patricia Gallimore
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Thus the future of Caroline Matilda, youngest sister of George III, was settled – marriage to the nearly insane Prince of Denmark. Prompted by a sense of foreboding, she begged that one of her sisters should be sent in her place. But Caroline was the healthiest, the strongest of the English princesses, and as well as being exiled, princesses were meant to be brood mares…Exiled in a strange country, isolated by her inability to speak the language, Caroline forms a close bond with the King’s doctor, Johann Struensee.

    Barbara says: "What a Lovely Memory!"
    "What a Lovely Memory!"
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    This is the first historical fiction that I can remember reading in my youth. Norah Lofts was a wonderful beginning for a young girl and this book was a good reminder to me of why I came to love history.

    This is not a bodice ripper, but rather, a retelling of an actual historical life with never a vampire in sight. And I still look forward to many more of Lofts' novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Some Sing, Some Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (202)

    Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast.

    Barbara says: "Southern Soul"
    "Nothing short of wonderful"
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    I sang and I cried through this book -- and I have started it again as soon as I finished it the first time.. This novel is the history of an African American family from slavery through the civil rights movement. The audio novel is captures the music that colored the lives of these women ,,, primarily women. .The language is as musical as the actual songs. Sometimes, the novel is in third person, and other times in first person with so much pain that I listened with tears on my face. These authors also wrote "for colored girls ..." and this novel is a fitting follow-up. I recommend this book wholeheartedly. The one exception is the adult language and adult situations. which are appropriate to the plot but people need to be aware in advance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Thomas French
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Welcome to the savage and surprising world of Zoo Story, an unprecedented account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants, both animal and human. Based on six years of research, the book follows a handful of unforgettable characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: an alpha chimp with a weakness for blondes, a ferocious tiger who revels in Obsession perfume, and a brilliant but tyrannical CEO known as El Diablo Blanco.

    Katherine says: "Excellent!"
    "Semi-warm and -cuddly"
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    The book had some very compelling anecdotes about animals being torn from their habitats and the subsequent life in the zoo. That was reasonably entertaining but I was left wondering about the author's point of view: If, as he demonstrated so clearly, the habitats are no longer safe, where else should these beautiful creatures go but to the zoos -- of which he has made us way?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Another Country

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By James Baldwin
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, Another Country tells the story of the suicide of jazz-musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable truths about themselves along the way. Another Country is a work that is as powerful today as it was 40 years ago - and expertly narrated by Dion Graham.

    Kenneth says: "Powerful and sad"
    "Don't Expect Sweetness and Light"
    Overall

    I first read this book in the early 70s at the behest of a friend who was trying to explain what it was like to be black and gay. I was overwhelmed by the beauty, the delicacy and the anger of Baldwin's words. I knew I would never forget how much pain and loneliness was part of that life. Baldwin's people were well delineated, but the plot was missing an ending.

    Hearing this book now, instead of reading, made the book as fresh as the first time I read it. Despite any faults inherent in the novel, I still recommend this book and looking past those faults into the heart of a nab who he felt he didn't belong.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Egyptian: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mika Waltari
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    The world of ancient Egypt springs magnificently to life in this astonishing historical novel of love, war, political intrigue, and religious revolution. Told from the first person point of view, it is the story of Sinuhe, physician to the royal court of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his successors in the middle of the tumultuous 14th century B.C.

    Fernando says: "Best historical Novel Ever written"
    "Still interesting after almost 50 years"
    Overall

    My first introduction to "The Egyptian" was through a late night movie with Michael Rennie playing Sinuhe. The credits stated something like: Adapted from Mika Waltari's bestsellling novel." I got the book out of the library the very next day and found several things, not the least of which is that Hollywood doesn't always follow the story in the book.


    The story of Sinuhe, an Egyptian physician, is told in first person and describes his life in the time of great change. He is peripheral to the major historical happenings, close enough to see what actuallyhappens to ordinary people when the leaders make monumental changes.


    The narrator was ... okay. I think I was expecting Michael Rennie,


    I read this first in the early 60s and again now, almost 50 years later and I find I still enjoy the book and see even more layers than I did so long ago.




    [This is my review for both volumes; it is one bookl after all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Sassy Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Olive Ann Burns
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around fast. If the preacher's wife's petticoat shows, the ladies will make the talk last a week. But on July 5, 1906, things take a scandalous turn. That is the day E. Rucker Blakeslee, proprietor of the general store and barely three weeks a widower, elopes with Miss Love Simpson, a woman half his age and, worse yet, a Yankee!

    D says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Good example of Southern fiction"
    Overall

    Very interesting example of Southern life in the early part of the 20th century. Seen through the eyes of a young teenager, the story captures the slow charm of the small town life as it hints at the ugly side of the racial relations and lack of women's rights.

    The narration is fine, but there's a small technical glitch: every hour or so, two or three lines are simply repeated. Weird.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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