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Sandra

Alton, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • 38 titles in library
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  • Chasing Harry Winston: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Lily Rabe
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Meet Emmy, Leigh, and Adriana. Best friends since college, each is 20-something (okay, almost 30) and has seen her share of career foils and romantic foibles in the world's greatest city: New York. Having been friends for more than a decade, they know that they all need a change, so the trio makes a pact. Within one year, each woman will change the thing that most challenges her.

    John says: "Who are these characters?"
    "Truly forgettable"
    Overall

    I did not enjoy this book. The characters are too stereotypical for my taste; withouth depth, at least not enough for me to begin to really care about them. The plot is silly, and for the most part portrays women as loose (or willing to become loose), shallow and calculating. The whole book seems to hinge on the desires of women with apparently low self-esteem to catch and keep a man for mostly all the wrong reasons.
    This was my second foray into chick-lit, and apparently it's just not for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Namesake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sarita Choudhury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (319)

    The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

    Diana - Audible says: "My favorite book - in print and audio"
    "Lost interest"
    Overall

    This title did not live up to my expectations at all. I was disappointed, and actually abandoned it before it ended. Not a book I would suggest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3340)
    Performance
    (1506)
    Story
    (1508)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Highly recommended"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the colorful characters this unique story brings to life. Well narrated, it offers a glimpse at life in the small, close-knit community of Guernsey during and after the Second World War. This book thoughtfully explores the unique relationships and circumstances brought about by German occupation. A satisfying read I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1286)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (515)

    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.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "A fascinating glimpse into a special relationship"
    Overall

    This was an interesting historical fiction about two women bound together for life through ancient Chinese custom as old-sames; a sacred relationship more intimate than that of friend, sister, daughter, or wife.
    Throughout their lives, their histories and constantly evolving circumstances affect their relationship. From the tender age at which both girls suffer the tortuous pain of having their feet bound, through their years as young wives and mothers, and finally as old women, they communicate through the use of secret womens' writing on a fan. Their interpretation of one another's joys and sorrows through the writings on the secret fan play an important role in their story.
    I did not particularly enjoy the narration style; it was read in an unusual monotone delivered in a somewhat staccato style, though this was completely a personal preference.
    I would recommend this book to readers interested in the history of womens' lives and relationships in ancient China.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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