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  • Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he's hated all his life. This is a deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood - and his home.

    Melinda says: "not a novel, but a collection of short stories"
    "Home -- For Your BookClub or Classroom, or Brain!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Home to be better than the print version?

    Both are excellent. I listened first, then went and read it in order to study it and learn from a master.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cee, she learns to stand tall and believe in herself regardless of her childhood and the wrong done to her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to pick, but three come to mind. First, the opening poem, it brings chills down the spine. Next, when Cee tells Frank that she has a right to cry. And finally, the ending poem and all its potential meanings. I'll give you the first just so you don't miss it on the audio version:

    “Whose house is this?
    Whose night keeps out the light
    In here? Say, who owns this house?
    It’s not mine. I dreamed another, sweeter, brighter
    With a view of lakes crossed in painted boats;
    Of fields wide as arms open for me.
    This house is strange. Its shadows lie.
    Say, tell me, why does its lock fit my key?”

    I don't know about you, but this resonates deep within me. It's the story of growing up, of finding yourself. Of finding out that home, for good or bad, has made a lasting impression on you, and, just maybe, you can reconcile yourself with that. Perhaps, on a grander scale, it is also a reconciliation to the awareness and owning of our country, good and bad.
    Finally, perhaps you can reconcile yourself with you, good and bad


    Any additional comments?

    I love the book for the imagery of the time that it invokes, and for the depth of each character that the author gives us. I love the use of many literary styles, and the fact that the book is still very accessible. I love the ending.

    Here is the low down:

    Frank is a Korean vet who was treated equally in the war but slips back into segregated America as it if it is still the norm, which is a good subtle shock for the modern reader, so far away from it. But Frank has bigger worries, mainly that he is haunted by the war. This book is the story of his quest to find his sister, and during his travels he finds himself. This is a very American theme, in the fashion of Mark Twain and Charles Frazier (Cold Mountain). Frank breaks through and speaks to the reader, and occasionally to the author; this is a highly effective, somewhat twisted, way to jar the reader out of the story itself and into deeper thought. Toni Morrison is skilled enough to pull it off.

    Cee (Ycidra) is Frank's sister, who thinks that maybe she'd have learned to think for herself if Frank hadn't been there to constantly protect her. She is an accident waiting to happen, a consummate victim, although she doesn't try to be, so trouble finds her when Frank leaves for the war. She and Frank bind each other to this earth, and eventually save each other, once they learn their own self worth. Something in that reminds me of Celie in the Color Purple, and Cee's story is very much an American girl coming of age story, with the honest portrayal of the plight of the black woman.

    There are other memorable characters, some snapshots, some deeper, and plenty of themes, all delivered in a punch at 160 pages on my Kindle. Morrison trueists don't like this book very much because it doesn't use the magical realism style that they all love. If that includes you, know that this is American realism fiction, and take the time to think deeper than the story. Ask yourself how the author is so talented to make us care in such a short time. Look at the wording and sentences, and see how she shows rather than tells. Search for all those little details that make the writing so good. Learn from a living legend, who makes you dissatisfied with the humdrum.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Be an Amazing Dancer Hypnosis: Own the Dance Floor, Using Hypnosis

    • ORIGINAL (39 mins)
    • By Hypnosis Live
    • Narrated By Hypnosis Live
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Be an Amazing Dancer - Own the dance floor using hypnosis. Dancing is more than a skill - it's an art form. It combines fluid movement with flexibility, being able to interpret music, feel the rhythm, and create stunning spectacles using your own body. Mastering the art takes physical prowess, mental acuity, and the intuition to move the right way at the right time. If you're ready to become a dancing dynamo - hypnosis can show you how.

    Amazon Customer says: "Understand What you are Purchasing"
    "Understand What you are Purchasing"
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    At first I rated this really low. Then, I thought about it and listened to it again and I changed my mind. Understand that this doesn't teach you to dance. You already need to be working on that yourself. Rather, this helps you face a performance, and work on polishing those tricky moves that you seem to have trouble with, or the ones that make your nervous, or any part of the dance you want to concentrate on. If you approach it that way (and the program does tell you that, but I missed it the first go around), you'll be amazed at the progress you can make. I've been using it to prepare for a performance that is a bit out of my comfort zone. I had a step that was giving me trouble. I worked on it with this, and boom next practice, I nailed it. Also, there is a particular element to this (I don't want to give it away) that is really helpful for the performance part of dance. So, now you know as much as I can tell you. Buy if this fits. Don't buy if you are seeking instruction -- go pay for lessons instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Life and Works of Mozart

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jeremy Siepmann
    • Narrated By Jeremy Siepmann, Nicholas Boulton, Edward de Souza, and others
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the most astonishing child prodigy in the history of music, is felt by many people to be the greatest composer who ever lived. Dominated and shaped by a highly intelligent but frustrated and ambitious father, his story sees the development of a unique genius, from precocious and often endearing childhood to liberated fulfillment, unexpected poverty, and a tragically early death. Generously illustrated by Mozart’s music, from his fifth to his final year, this portrait-in-sound reveals a fascinating yet elusive character, drawing richly on the words of the composer himself and those who knew him.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mozart, oh Mozart"
    "Mozart, oh Mozart"
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    I love these series. I love hearing about the works and life, while hearing the works. However, I don't think enough of the famous ones were worked in here. Why not?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frog Music: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (137)

    Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice - if he doesn't track her down first.

    Taryn says: "Donoghue + Hvam = entertainment"
    "Just a struggle"
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    At first I was very drawn into this, then it became a chore. Am I alone? I don't buy the characters, or the mystery, and I didn't care about them in the end. That's fatal for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everybody's Got Something

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Roberts, Veronica Chambers
    • Narrated By Robin Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    "Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, 'Everybody's got something.'" So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts' new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that's been her life so far, and the lessons she's learned along the way.

    Jean says: "An upbeat story"
    "Thank God for Robin Roberts"
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    Having just come out of a season of loss, this book was a real life saver. Thank you Robin for writing it, and for sharing some of your (and family) philosophies. Its so true -- everyone's got something, so dust it off and keep after it. Pray, love and be true. That is all that matters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10240)
    Performance
    (8537)
    Story
    (8610)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Geoff says: "I dig it."
    "Boys say Huzzah / Girls - Not So Much"
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    I had the strange feeling of all of a sudden understanding how my husband feels when I give him a book, saying: you have GOT to read this -- forgetting that the plot is more geared to women than men. There is a certain point in the novel that I think many women will say -- ok, enough already, I get it, and men/boys will say: Huzzah! At a boy and keep at it! I complained of the part to my husband and son (I turned my son on to this series after he had serious Harry Potter withdrawal, who insisted that my husband read it), and they both protested in the extreme -- "But it is PIVOTAL to the plot." Quite. Ehem.

    Also, I did feel like the book was an exercise in the splitting the mind practice. We go off on one quest, and another, and another, and another. Etc.

    Still, all considered. Good, very well written, low fantasy. I will read / listen to the next one. What will happen???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (501)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "A reluncant Book Seller and a Baby"
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    I keep wondering if this book appealed to as others the way it did to me. Well plotted, well characterized, very interesting story about people who just end up --right--there--in--the--middle-- of it. A reluctant book seller and a baby -- and a bit of a mystery, drawing in a cop who starts a successful bookclub. What more could you ask for?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1069)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (967)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Hank Reads! says: "Completely absorbing!"
    "The Character of Light"
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    This book really makes you think. I loved the POV from a blind character, and a sympathetic boy Nazi. What would you do for light and love?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2876)
    Performance
    (2698)
    Story
    (2688)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Worth the Wait"
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    Loved this book, it was well worth the wait. There was a definite "-OMG,-you-did-not-do-that- Diana!!-Yes-yay-you-did!!- moment that I loved. And just good character stories mixed with plenty of history, fantasy, war and politics, about this family that seems so real to me. How does she do this?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fred Anderson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    Apart from The Last of the Mohicans, most Americans know little of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years' War, and yet it remains one of the most fascinating periods in our history. In January 2006, PBS will air The War That Made America, a four-part documentary about this epic conflict. Fred Anderson, the award-winning and critically acclaimed historian, has written the official tie-in to this exciting television event.

    Michael says: "A thorough and absorbing history"
    "Prologue Promises More"
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    This book was alright, but I really expected more on the Indian part based upon the prologue. Still, the title does say Short, so I should have expected what I got, I guess. Not a bad intro, and I did learn somethings, particularly about Washington.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wives of Los Alamos: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By TaraShea Nesbit
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Their average age was 25. They came from Berkeley, Cambridge, Paris, London, Chicago - and arrived in New Mexico ready for adventure, or at least resigned to it. But hope quickly turned to hardship as they were forced to adapt to a rugged military town where everything was a secret, including what their husbands were doing at the lab. They lived in barely finished houses with P.O. box addresses in a town wreathed with barbed wire, all for the benefit of a project that didn’t exist as far as the public knew.

    Amazon Customer says: "Tedious"
    "We came, We saw, We sighed"
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    Very interesting book. I used to go to Church Camp in the New Mexico mountains, from which I garnered a pen pal from Los Alamos. I had NO idea about this place. I loved the literary style of this book -- in the collective We, which managed to show the many many experiences of the wives, the families, and even the views of the scientists -- the lives of the creators of the atomic bomb during those years. Important read, well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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