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Cheryl

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  • The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Alison Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (206)

    When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There, Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt, he begins to write Elizabeth letters....

    Mary says: "Fast, Moving, Descriptive & Informative!"
    "Captivating story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a fascinating story about a genocide that I had never heard of - the Armenians by the Turks during World War I - as seen through the eyes of 2 generations of women in a single family. The first is a young woman from Boston who accompanies her father to Aleppo, Syria, to deliver food and medical aid to the victims of the Armenian genocide and the second is her granddaughter who is just discovering the story as she reaches middle age. There are two narrators for each woman's voice which really adds to the sense of intimacy to how the two women react. As is typical with good historical fiction you learn a lot about history while engrossed in the lives of the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sandcastle Girls?

    I had never heard of the Armenian genocide and it made me wonder about other genocides that I have never heard of.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell and Alison Fraser – was your favorite?

    Viewing this story from two different perspectives, that of the one living through the experience and that of the grandchild learning something new about her grandparents really fleshes out the impact of the horror of the genocide.


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  • Shanghai Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1361)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (598)

    Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to "Gold Mountain men" who have come from Los Angeles to find brides. But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island (the Ellis Island of the West, where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months) they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she's pregnant, the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

    Frances says: "Touching, sad, and enjoyable"
    "Fascinating"
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    If you could sum up Shanghai Girls in three words, what would they be?

    Family, change, tragedy


    What did you like best about this story?

    View of life in the last days of Shanghai before the revolution. The challenge of surviving the end of a privileged life to a new life in America


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

    Hearing the book made it seem more like it was the actual memoirs of a real person.


    Who was the most memorable character of Shanghai Girls and why?

    Pearl


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