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Barbara

Otaki, New Zealand | Member Since 2011

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  • Benediction

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kent Haruf
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    From the beloved and best-selling author of Plainsong and Eventide comes a story of life and death, and the ties that bind, once again set out on the High Plains in Holt, Colorado. When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife, Mary, must work together to make his final days as comfortable as possible. Their daughter, Lorraine, hastens back from Denver to help look after him....

    Adele says: "Another Home Run for Haruf & Bramhall"
    "Benediction - what a way to end your life........."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Benediction?

    The absolutely normal but complex way the author integrated the characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    That life is so full of interest and importance no matter how outwardly insignificant the players appear to be.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    where all the girls - old and young - went skinny dipping!


    Who was the most memorable character of Benediction and why?

    The little girl - what sort of an adult will she become having been shown the undemanding love of four lonely women.


    Any additional comments?

    Very human portrayal of every aspect of life - realistic but not overly moralist. Well read and worth listening to again, looking forward to some more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eventide

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kent Haruf
    • Narrated By George Hearn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    One of the most beloved novels in recent years, Plainsong was a best seller from coast to coast, and now Kent Haruf returns to the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, with a story of even more masterful authority.

    Bill L. says: "Wonderful!"
    "No great drama but very authentic day to day life."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Eventide to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eventide?

    The death of one of the brothers.


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

    Not quite as enjoyable as Benediiction


    If you could rename Eventide, what would you call it?

    Life is Like That.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3217)
    Performance
    (2808)
    Story
    (2819)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Disappointing for a Jodi Picoult book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    Yes because I have enjoyed previous books, particularly ones dealing with relevant topics.


    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It seemed too uncoordinated


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators made the characters seem real


    Was The Storyteller worth the listening time?

    No


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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