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The story was good, the performance was also good. My complaint is that the story was said to be for middle school ages and up. In my opinion it could be for high school and up, thus the reason for the 4 stars.
What's not to like? The book just wouldn't be the same if it weren't read by Penny Marshall but it took me a bit to get used to her voice. By the end of her book I still wanted to hear more, so maybe my ears were the problem. I'm just glad I came across My Mother Was Nuts. Penny Marshall is so much more than LaVerne. She shares her ups, downs and adventuring all arounds, with honesty and heart. My Mother Was Nuts is like a visit from an old friend. I hope Penny stops by again soon.
Way back in the mid seventies my first husband and I divorced. We argued over the custody of three things - our son, the dog and a book, The Legacy. I won 2 of the 3 items (he got the dog). Through the years I delighted in both my son and rereading Nevil Shute's wonderful book. The Legacy was renamed A Town Like Alice. (Personally I feel the original title fits the story better)
I enjoyed A Town Like Alice so much that when my second husband and I traveled to Australia in 1999 I insisted we visit the outback, Alice Springs in particular. We spent 2 nights and 3 days on a working station just outside Alice. I kept looking for Joe or Jean to come greet us.
What makes A Town Like Alice such a great book to read is the completion of an interesting and complex storyline. A Town Like Alice takes place in England, Malaysia and Australia. The first part of the story occurs during World War II. That part of Nevil Shute's story is somewhat historically correct. It's interesting to read about the women taken prisoner by the Japanese in Malaysia, and the strength if the human spirit. This novel has everything - war, survival, a legacy, romance, business savvy, friendship,humanity and more.
I highly recommend A Town Like Alice. It is a great book to read and an equally fine audible book. Robin Bailey, the narrator, is easy to listen to. He does well portraying all the various characters throughout the story. A Town Like Alice will not disappoint you.
I love Nevil Shute's books. I thoroughly enjoyed In Old Captivity up until the ending. My goodness, what an ending dear Nevil came up with for this book. The story line was flowing along, building upon growing relationships and trust between the main characters and then . . . apparently Mr. Shute had a deadline to meet, or a dinner growing cold. Instead of seeing the storyline through, the author seemed to write a quick, silly, ending to In Old Captivity. Still, up until that point, the book was another good read (or listen) by the great writer.
The narrator, Cameron Stewart, has a fine male voice. His "female" voice sounds a bit like your Uncle Fred imitating your grandmother. It's a little annoying at first but it doesn't take away from the overall narration. (Luckily there are few females in the story)
Would I recommend In Old Captivity? For those of us that are Nevil Shute fans - yes. However this book is not a good choice to introduce or intice readers to Nevil Shute. Of the 7 books written by Nevil Shute that I've read so far, In Old Captivity was my least favorite. That being said, I'm still a great fan of Shute's writing and glad I read In Old Captivity.
As another reviewer remarked, this is a difficult book to review. There were portions of the book I enjoyed, other sections I found strange. Oscar's struggles and grief over his father's death were poignant, often bringing tears to my eyes. Yet there were also portions of the story that were just plain odd. As the audiobook went on I began to dread hearing Oscar's grandmother as she read her letter. The grandfather, at least for me, wasn't quite as annoying, although he too was an odd cookie.
The narration for Oscar was excellent. The narrator (Jeff Woodman) captured Oscar's different emotions beautifully. He gives a 5 star performance. I didn't care for the narration of the grandmother, and felt Barbara Caruso's reading was flat.
Would I recommend Extremely Loud and Incredibily Close? Yes, overall I enjoyed the book, in spite of Oscar's strange grandparents. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a funny, sweet, touching story with a bit of oddity added in.
I have long been a fan of Nevil Shute's books. I had read Pied Piper over 40 years ago, and though I enjoyed it then, I wouldn't have listed Pied Piper in my all-time top 10 favorite books. Oh what a difference a few decades can make!
The main character, John Howard, is an elderly Englishman on a fishing holiday in France. The story takes place at the beginning of WWII, before Germany invades France. Though he is not totally thrilled to do so, John Howard agrees to take two young English children back to England when he returns. Thus the story begins.
The author weaves together smaller story lines throughout the book. I particularly enjoyed how Nevil Shute developed John Howard into a selfless man, a true hero. I could almost see Mr. Howard's heart grow as the story was told.
The narrator, David Rintoul, did a fine job. The author begins the Pied Piper as if a man in a pub was telling others what John Howard had done. The narrator captures that feeling and makes you want to pull your bar stool closer to hear this amazing tale.
The Pied Piper is one of my favorite audiobooks. I'm glad I rediscovered this great story.
The story was far different than I expected. In fact I had to go back and listen to the beginning again because I had such a different mind set than the story being read. In the end I'm glad the author didn't write the typical friendship book I had in mind. You must listen carefully throughout the story. Many things are set up by Julia in the first half of the story, Maddie then brings everything to light in the second half. This is no trivial BFF story. Julia and Maddie are thrown together by the war. From that shared experience a deep and mature friendship is formed. A friendship that reaches out farther than either woman feels capable of going. I highly recommend this book. It is fiction but well researched and could have actually happened. The narrators do a great job. This is a story that will stay with you for quite awhile.
I have read many of Jodi Picoult's books, and for the most part have found them enjoyable to either read or listen to. Because of that I was eager to hear The Storyteller. However I did find this book a disappointment. I was at the point of giving up on the story, or stories, when the book finally held my interest.
This story is comprised of three stories, one poor, one so so and finally (at least for me) one good story. Perhaps these stories would be less confusing at the beginning if I had the actual book to refer back to. Quite frankly the storyline involving the vampire was totally unnecessary to the overall story. The book would have been better if there had been just Sage's story and Minka's memories of the Holocaust.
The narrators were fine. There were times that Minka's German accent was a bit off, but overall all the narrators were easy on the ear.
My hope is that Jodi Picoult's next book is better than The Storyteller.
The growing relationship between Vivian and Molly was one of the main themes of the book. Though the two characters have a difference of over 70 years in their ages, they discover a "sameness" about several parts of their lives.
I'm not certain that the title Orphan Train is the best title for Christina Kline's book. Yes Vivian's time before, on and after the historical Orphan Train was a large part of the story, but so was Molly's growth and maturing through spending time with 91 year old Vivian. As both characters got to know each other better a friendship blossomed, along with a mutual respect for each other.
Orphan Train, while not one of my top 10 listens, was certainly worth hearing. This book as well as The Chaperone, have brought to light an interesting part of America's past - the orphan trains. The Orphan Train also sheds light on the problems that can occur when older teens age out of the foster care program. The story also reveals that friends can be found in unlikely circumstances and at any age.
Saving CeCe Honeycutt is well worth listening to. The story is both laugh out loud funny and wipe away a tear or two sad. The book has many full bodied characters, from Great Aunt Tootsie, wise Oletta, crazy Miz Thelma Rae to prudish (to a degree) and snobbish Violene Hobbs. Hearing CeCe's story will remind you that you might not like the hand God has dealt you, but that's no reason not to enjoy the life you do have.
This is another wonderful Mma Ramotswe story written by Alexander McCall. While all books in McCall's series are a good listen, there are a few that are better, stand out more than the rest. Book number 13 is one of those books. We get to meet, upfront and personal, Clovis Anderson. When you have read 12 other books telling of Clovis Anderson's detective rules it is a thrill to be with Precious Ramotswe when she discovers she is dealing with the famous man. In fact it's always nice to be back in Botswana with all the characters again. Alexander McCall is a wonderful story teller, and for his stories there is no better narrator than Lisette Lecat. Together they make the audio books 1 through 13 five star listens!
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