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No, the reader did a great job.
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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.
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.
I have already recommended this book, audio and otherwise, to many people. I'm glad I listened to the book over actually reading it for two reasons. First the narration is perfect. Jim Broadbent does a wonderful job capturing the emotions of the different characters,as well as differentiating between them. Secondly if I had the book I would have been tempted to look ahead and thus spoil part of the tale for myself.
Harold, how could one listen to this book and not love dear Harold. But then Harold's wife and neighbor prove quite lovable, and determined as well.
I actually had to pull my car over due to tears in my eyes, but it would give the story away if I said when. It was a family matter that I didn't see coming, hadn't figured out, that revealed itself towards the very end of the story.
I hesitated listening to this book due to the strange subject matter. Finally I figured so many listeners couldn't be wrong, and I'm glad to say they weren't. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a beautiful story, and now a favorite audio book of mine.
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