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Elizabeth

Ithaca, NY, United States

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  • 4 reviews
  • 6 ratings
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  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Magician's Elephant

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    When a fortuneteller’s tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller’s mysterious answer (An elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that Peter can hardly dare to believe it. But it is - all of it - true.

    Lucinda says: "WONDERFUL!"
    "A Fairy Tale?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Magician's Elephant?

    This book reads like a children's book. The story is fantastical and repetitive.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate DiCamillo again?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Juliet Stevenson’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Magician's Elephant?

    Most of them


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it's just me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year We Left Home

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jean Thompson
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    It begins in 1973 when the Erickson family of Grenada, Iowa, gathers for the wedding of their eldest daughter, Anita. Even as they celebrate, the fault lines in the family emerge. The bride wants nothing more than to raise a family in her hometown, while her brother Ryan watches restlessly from the sidelines, planning his escape. He is joined by their cousin Chip, an unpredictable, war-damaged loner who will show Ryan both the appeal and the perils of freedom. will show Ryan both the appeal and the perils of freedom. Torrie, the Ericksons’ youngest daughter, is another rebel....

    Susan D says: "I LOVED IT!"
    "Great characters"
    Overall

    This novel is about real people (dysfunctional as Easterners) from the heartland of America. It is well-written and narrated

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lake Shore Limited

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sue Miller
    • Narrated By Sue Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Four unforgettable characters beckon you into this spellbinding new novel from Sue Miller. First among them is Wilhelmina Billy Gertz, small as a child, fiercely independent, powerfully committed to her work as a playwright. The story itself centers on The Lake Shore Limited, a play Billy has written about an imagined terrorist bombing of that train as it pulls into Union Station in Chicago, and about a man waiting to hear the fate of his estranged wife.

    Susan D says: "Far better than a previous reviewer thought"
    "Not alot of content"
    Overall

    I didn't feel that there was much going on in this novel. Self-involved characters without meaningful interaction.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Noah's Compass

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesnt bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.

    Eileen says: "Low key and thought provoking"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book. The sound quality was not that good on my Kindle, so I would download an enhanced version. The narrator is good though. Humorous and touching.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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