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Susan

Independence, KS, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 86 titles in library
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  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (831)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Just Plain Good"
    Overall

    Superbly written. Highly recommended for the story line, genuine characters, and unique voice of the author who reads it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nonna Bannister, Denise George, Carolyn Tomlin
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (47)

    For half a century, a terrible secret lay hidden, locked in a trunk in an attic... photos, official documents, and scraps of a diary written by a young girl. "The time has come when I must share my life story... some facts from the past that could make a contribution, however small it may be, to the history of mankind." The Secret Holocaust Diaries is a haunting eyewitness account of Nonna Lisowskaja Bannister, a remarkable Russian-American woman who saw and survived unspeakable evils as a young girl.

    Michelle says: "Sad , true story"
    "I respect Nonna"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As avid reader of WWII and Halocaust books, I respect the author's experience. That being said, I didn't enjoy this as an audiobook because the entire narrative is heavily pepper with "Editor's notes." I thought many of them were unnecessary to my understanding, and were very intrusive.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3544)
    Performance
    (1260)
    Story
    (1265)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Disappointing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was like Seinfeld without humor. Shallow, self-centered people veer from one pointless situation to another--a book about nothing, without the laughs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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