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Shaynie

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  • Selected Shorts: American Classics

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Amy Tan, Donald Barthelme, Eudora Welty, and others
    • Narrated By Freda Foh Shen, David Strathairn, Stockard Channing, and others
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.

    Michael says: "Classic classics"
    "Spectacular"
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    Would you listen to Selected Shorts: American Classics again? Why?

    Yes, I'm pretty sure I'll return to it more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is worth buying for Stockard Channing's reading of 'Why I live at the PO' and Joyce Carol Oates' disturbing 'Where are you going, where have you been' read so well by Christine Baranksi. I loved Jerry Stiller's reading of At the Anarchist's Convention too. But really, the whole collection is outstanding and every reader is brilliant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I kept laughing out loud on the bus listening to 'Why I live at the PO', and ended up in a foetal position listening to 'Where are you going ...'


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Midwife's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Karen Cushman
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride.

    Amazon Customer says: "A good morality tale for young people"
    "Rivetting - from start to end"
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    If you could sum up The Midwife's Apprentice in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful medieval tale


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Midwife's Apprentice?

    The end - when Alyce understands that only by her own determination will she realise her dream of becoming a midwife.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    They are all fantastic, but I loved when cat revives and the time Alyce and Cat spend together.


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

    When Alyce leaves the village in despair of ever becoming a midwife and her sense of loss.


    Any additional comments?

    A really interesting story. It's listed as a young adult's book, I think, but should appeal to all ages. It's never condescending or preachy in getting its message across. Jenny Sterlin's narration was perfect for the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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