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I don't think I would listen again, as much as I enjoyed listening the first time through the novel. One of the interesting things about The Chaperone is the different twists and turns the book takes. The author did a wonderful job weaving in and out of the present day and the remembered past.
All the scenes remembered from the "Home For the Friendless Girls" and the new family found.
Everything from the beginning to the end. Her narration was spot on.
The Chaperone seems the wrong title for the story, though I'm not sure what the correct title would be. Liberation?
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!
Where We Belong was one of those "just okay" books for me. It is definitely chick lit, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Personally I found the storyline too predictable, too neat and tidy with everything working out in the end. It wasn't a chore to listen to the audio book, it just was easy to turn it off mid sentence. Often when I'm listening to a truly good book I'll find myself sitting in my car long after I've arrived home just to know what will happen next. At least by listening to Where We Belong I didn't linger in my car. My suggestion would be to get this book when there is a two for one sale, or a rock bottom price promotion.
I had heard this book was quite funny but it's so much more than a humorous story. There are laugh out loud scenes and others that bring tears to your eyes. The narrator did a great job capturing Bee's personality. The story kept me guessing right up to the end 'just where Bernadette went'. This is a book I would definitely recommend.
I was a bit hesitant to listen to this audio book due to the nature of the story. I'm glad I did. From the get go the story had me. The story has a charm all it's own. Yes, it is somewhat predictable, but even at that, you still want to know exactly how everything went down. The narrators did a fine job capturing the characters personalities. I found Me Before You to be a five star listen, we'll worth spending a credit!
I would rate it as one of my favorite listens. I found myself wanting to listen to "just one chapter more", and was sad to have the story finished.
I found myself many times laughing out loud at Hildy's comments. However I almost had to pull my car over I was laughing so hard when Hildy dropped her keys off her office porch and decided to jump down after them. Then there were the tender moments, the sweet memories with her husband, Frankie and even Peter as a boy.
To my knowledge I've not listened to Mary Beth Hurt before. She was perfect for this audiobook. She WAS Hildy!
Ann Leary has written a fabulous book on alcoholism. Together with the performance by Mary Beth Hurt, this is not a book to be missed. Both the author and the narrator brought to life the many funny, tender, sad and reflective moments in The Good House. It's can be sad to finish a really good book, but Ann Leary did a great job ending Hildy's story.
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