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Phoua

Clarksville, TN, United States

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  • False Mermaid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (259)

    American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Trona. Nora cant move forward until she goes backback to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.

    Lia says: "A good listen"
    "Fun, Thrilling, Somewhat Predictable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is very accurate in it's setting. The characters are flawed and believable. The story is a twist on a typical murder mystery.


    What other book might you compare False Mermaid to and why?

    It is like all murder mysteries, it is always the person you least suspect but at the same time you already know who the murderer is and who actually does the dirty work. It is very much like The Fugitive.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you like murder mystery this is the book for you. It has all the twists and turns needed to hold your interest. The characters are perfectly flawed. There is no new way to make a cliche subject like murder mystery but False Mermaid does a great job with round characters and beautifully drawn settings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2443)
    Performance
    (2246)
    Story
    (2237)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "Must Like Graham Greene"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to a friend who likes reading realistic books. If you are a romantic and want a happy ending Graham Greene seldom offers that in any of his books.


    If you’ve listened to books by Graham Greene before, how does this one compare?

    I liked The Quiet American better. The story was more vivid and the characters more realistic.


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

    Colin Firth has that classy English accent that really brings the characters to life. It would not work as well if the narrator had to fake an accent.


    Was The End of the Affair worth the listening time?

    Yes, can't go wrong with any Graham Greene books if you don't mind seeing the world for what it really is and the people that really exist in it.


    Any additional comments?

    You have to like Graham Greene to enjoy any of his novels. For Americans ease into this author with The Quiet American or Our Man in Havana to understand better how Greene weaves actual historical events into his books. (It is easier for Americans to relate to the character 1. because one of the main characters is usually American & 2. the events are usually things taught in American History 101.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1934)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1783)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Can't go wrong with a classic"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    The story is ten thousand times better than the movie. Oz is a magical place and makes listeners nostalgic for a simpler time i.e. childhood and the innocence that comes with it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

    I loved when Dorothy enters the China City. It was not featured in the movie but it should have. The China City adds to the magic of Oz.


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

    She is a wonderful actress on screen but an even better voice actress. She really brings the characters to life.


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

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz sends you not only to Oz but brings you to a simpler time.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book, wonderful narrator and you can't ever go wrong with a classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War; a Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Leymah Gbowee, Carol Mithers
    • Narrated By Kimberly Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (36)

    As a young woman growing up in Africa, 17-year-old Leymah Gbowee was crushed by a savage war when violence reached her native Monrovia, depriving her of the education she yearned for and claiming the lives of relatives and friends. As war continued to ravage Liberia, Gbowee’s bitterness turned to rage-fueled action as she realized that women bear the greatest burden in prolonged conflicts.

    Kathy says: "Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and"
    "Strange How Little We Know of the World"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a must read. No matter how educated we are as part of the free world, we do not fully understand our world. Human beings are capable of some horrible things but this book is a great example of the good in those who have the courage to change their destiny and that of a nation. This happened and how funny we do not have any idea it even happened.


    What other book might you compare Mighty Be Our Powers to and why?

    This is a book all its own. You can't compare one woman's tale to another because there are so many similarities but vast differences as exemplified by Leyma Gbowee's story.


    Which character – as performed by Kimberly Scott – was your favorite?

    Leyma Gbowee, though I've heard Leyman's actual voice. I liked that Ms Scott didn't fake a Liberian accent.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A great moment to self evaluate after reading this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (323)

    An old Chinese proverb says "Women hold up half the sky." Then why do the women of Africa and Asia persistently suffer human rights abuses? Continuing their focus on humanitarian issues, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take us to Africa and Asia, where many women live in profoundly dire circumstances.

    Nancy says: "This unabridged book is abridged"
    "For Mothers and Daughters"
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    What did you love best about Half the Sky?

    This story is the story of every woman. Mothers, if you want your daughter to grow up to make a difference make sure they know where to start, by helping their fellow women. If we make the world a better place today maybe our daughters will have a better future tomorrow. This story is a must read and a good project for mothers and daughters to embark on together.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a simple listen. The author presents a problem, the pros and cons of some possible fixes, and then a suggestion for the listener to make a difference.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    She is very versatile. She also narrates the "Pretty Little Liars" series and her voice is totally different in this narration.


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

    Yes and no, the material is sometimes hard to digest but it was hard to hit pause.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for the faint of heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happiness Sold Separately

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lolly Winston
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Elinor Mackey has always done the right things in the right order: college, law school, career, marriage. But now everything's going wrong. After two painful years of trying, Elinor has learned that she can't have children. All the doctors can tell her is that it's probably because of her age. As she turns 40, she withdraws into an interior world of heartbreak.

    Christine says: "I really loved it"
    "Cheese ball story"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader did not differentiate enough between the voices. There was no emotion in her voice. The story line didn't help either.


    What could Lolly Winston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story is so predictable with too many twists and turns trying to stay away from being a cliche but the book was trying too hard. The idea of following a couple through the ups and downs of infertility was a great idea, not a common subject. Where the author went wrong was adding way too many other issues.

    How the main character rose and fell in life, love, and career would have been enough. I disliked how the story focused so much on the affair and how cheesy it was that she kept forgiving her loser husband. It is unrealistic that a driven woman would stoop to being some jerk's obligation.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cassandra Campbell’s performances?

    Maybe


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance, the story didn't make sense. The main character must have some real issues with her father to let her husband walk all over her self respect. The story didn't make sense at all.


    Any additional comments?

    The subject of infertility was just a back drop for some cheesy story about some jerk and his whore girlfriend. I think this book does a great deal of injustice to the subject which would have made an interesting read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be an American Housewife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Margaret Dilloway
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington, Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    How to Be an American Housewife is a novel about mothers and daughters and the pull of tradition. It tells the story of Shoko, a Japanese woman who married an American GI, and her grown daughter, Sue, a divorced mother whose life as an American housewife hasn't been what she'd expected. When illness prevents Shoko from traveling to Japan, she asks Sue to go in her place. The trip reveals family secrets that change their lives in dramatic and unforeseen ways.

    CAREY says: "Well told tale!"
    "All Women Must Listen"
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    What did you love best about How to Be an American Housewife?

    The story captures not just emigrant mothers and American daughters, but all mother daughter relationship. The author did a great deal of research with the military aspect of the story, she used the correct terminologies. She also did a great job capturing the essence of all mother daughter issues.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was predictable.


    What about Laural Merlington and Emily Durante ’s performance did you like?

    The voice contrast and the accent was a great transition tool. I liked their performance.


    If you could rename How to Be an American Housewife, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't the title works.


    Any additional comments?

    Though the main character was Japanese I think the typical emigrant military wife could appreciate this book. I think it is hard to be a military wife but even harder to be foreign to our culture and way of life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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