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Susan

east Boothbay, ME, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (426)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Lynn says: "Authentic and Compelling"
    "Loved title so had to listen..."
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    If you could sum up Tell the Wolves I’m Home in three words, what would they be?

    non-judgemental, coming-of-age, seventies


    What did you like best about this story?

    the setting of this story, 70's suburbia and NYC, and the release of taboo, AIDS and forbidden love, from an adolescent's view point that is not too loaded with other baggage to cloud the issues and themes makes it a fresh read, alarming too, in that a girl is heading into the unknown in the city....


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

    She does flesh out the main character nicely.


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

    a teen dealing with death is especially hard, not that it's ever easy. Emotions then are so amplified then it seems.


    Any additional comments?

    an enjoyable listen, that seemed to fit the changing of seasons, now to cooler, darker fall.

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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3102)
    Performance
    (2765)
    Story
    (2771)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "the ordinary on a quest..."
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    If you could sum up The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing soul search


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harold who tried to make amends after such a long lapse of time...


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

    I loved his reading (and all his acting). there was an element of 'sympathique', warm, personable, that his voice lent to the character.


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

    Journey to the Center of Harold


    Any additional comments?

    I trek long distances myself and the mind does interesting things, deep things surface when untethered. Good book!

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