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julia

rancho sta marg, CA, United States

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  • The Cookbook Collector: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Allegra Goodman
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: 28-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech; 23-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for. But above all, it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

    Freida says: "An engaging read"
    "Terrible Narrator"
    Overall

    Honestly, I got to Chapter 7 of this book and just couldn't tolerate the narrator's voice any more. She attempts to use different voices and accents for different characters, and most of them are poorly done. However, even more annoying than that is her own voice for the narration of the story which had my teeth constantly on edge. As a result, I don't think I gave the book itself a fair chance. It just wasn't worth my sanity to try to go any further.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5011)
    Performance
    (2398)
    Story
    (2413)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    Th narrator is excellent, and the book is truly amazing. What a wonderful cast of characters and plot. This book goes into my list of the top 20 books I have ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Willow

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Harry Bernstein
    • Narrated By Mike Kellogg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Delightful and hopeful, tender and moving, The Golden Willow is Harry's tribute to his beloved Ruby, to their long, happy life together, to the impact her parting had on his heart and his soul, and to the surprises and unexpected pleasures that continue to await him.

    julia says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I just couldn't finish this book. It was so tedious. I do not recommend it except as a sleep aid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, Benjamin Ajak, and others
    • Narrated By David Henry, David Zinn, Augustino Mayai, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Benjamin, Alepho, and Benson were raised among the Dinka tribe of Sudan. Their world was an insulated, close-knit community of grass-roofed cottages, cattle herders, and tribal councils. The lions and pythons that prowled beyond the village fences were the greatest threat they knew. All that changed the night the government-armed Murahiliin began attacking their villages.

    Jane Lee says: "what's happening in the rest of the world"
    "Definitely NOT uplifting"
    Overall

    Well ... I didn't expect this book to be uplifting, and it wasn't. It was also exceptionally slow. Nevertheless, it's a story that needed to be told, and I am glad I listened to it. However, the narrator can enhance the book or make it torture to listen to. In this case, one of the several narrators was excruciating to listen to. The narrator who reads the story of one of the boys, Benson, has a whining nasal drawl while at the same time sounding as though he has a mouthful of marbles. Truly insufferable after the first hour or so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (7113)
    Performance
    (5055)
    Story
    (5044)

    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"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    This book had my attention from Page 1 and there was never a moment after that that things slowed down or bored me. This is an epic novel about the true meaning of family and how it transcends the conventional definition. This is a "must-read" book! The narrators are excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3274)
    Performance
    (2228)
    Story
    (2260)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Not a Good Narrator"
    Overall

    Well, it's Gone With the Wind, so how can you go wrong. Well, this is how: have it read by a narrator whose intonation is "off." I love the book, but the narrator just spoiled it for me. Surely they could have chosen someone more competent.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Damage

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Josephine Hart
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    When she turned to face him at a party, for a glimmering moment he seemed to break out of the self-imposed exile that was his life. As he watched her tall, black-suited figure move away from him, cutting through the insensible crowd, he knew he would never be free again.

    julia says: "Fascinating"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    This book is unlike anything else I have ever read. It is plot-driven, and very complex. I definitely recommend it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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