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Duchez,

FAIRFAX, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (895)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Tony says: "MADE THE LISTS OF BEST BOOKS!"
    "I love Louise Erdrich's novels"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Round House the most enjoyable?

    A story about a people we frequently forget about but were here long before most of us, immigrants on this land.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the humanity, the emotion, the search for justice, and of course the voice of brave 13 year-old Joe.


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

    I had to relisten to multiple chapters just for the pleasure of listening to the flow of the words and the telling of story (for example Nanapush)..


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shifting Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (196)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again. Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Margaret says: "The Shifting Fog"
    "Lovely story, wonderful narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Shifting Fog again? Why?


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Reminded me a bit of Dowtown Abbey with post WWI social changes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (313)

    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Excellent Excellent!"
    "Excellent story and narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What does Anthony Heald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration brought the words to life, especially when passages could seem long and drawn out.


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

    Excellent deep dive into the human mind, right and wrong, meaning of conscience, and mental illness with regards to depression.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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