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Laura G. Mills

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Member Since 2012

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  • 2 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 86 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Silver Star: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (170)

    It is 1970. "Bean" Holladay is 12 and her sister, Liz, is 15 when their artistic mother, Charlotte, a woman who flees every place she’s ever lived at the first sign of trouble," takes off to find herself." She leaves her girls enough money for food to last a month or two. But when Bean gets home from school one day and sees a police car outside the house, she and Liz board a bus from California to Virginia, where their widowed Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying antebellum mansion that’s been in the family for generations.

    Marci says: "Disappointing"
    "Extremely Disappointing!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Silver Star better?

    I have read the two other books written by Jeanette Walls and was looking forward to this work of fiction. I could not have been more disappointed. The story and character development was lacking. The story mirrors many others about small towns and the stereotypes of its residents ("lint heads", old southern money, racial unrest...). Her other work was interesting perhaps because it was true and therefore was captivating.

    In her next book, I hope she spends more time developing the characters and a more engaging story line. Good luck!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Bend Not Break


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tom Angleberger
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Greg Steinbruner, Jonathan Ross, and others
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    A journalist and fiction author, Tom Angleberger has a knack for capturing the lives of today’s youth. In The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, socially awkward Dwight shows up to school one morning waving a green finger puppet. Strange enough, but then Dwight starts talking in a funny voice and doling out advice. Is it the puppet, or is it Dwight? And will paper Yoda be able to help Dwight convince the girl of his dreams to go to the big dance with him?

    Melody says: "Liked it more than the rating"
    "The story did not draw you in."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Tom Angleberger and/or the narrators?

    I doubt it. The story just did not draw the listener in. I was disappointed.


    Would you recommend The Strange Case of Origami Yoda to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Okay


    Did The Strange Case of Origami Yoda inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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