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Jean

Pasadena, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ayana Mathis
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Adam Lazarre-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (462)

    A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America. In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.

    Suzn F says: "Hattie and her Family Tragically Flawed"
    "The story was not complete"
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    I totaly got into the book, but it ended with out completeing what happened to the
    characters,were the decisions made good for them.

    Like the baby Ella who went home with her Aunt was this good for Ella. Was Hatties sacrifice the right sacrifice. The gay son where did his life go. the wealthy daughter who was a witness to chld molestation what happened to her and her brother.

    why was Hattie so angry, who did she blame for the loss of the twins. Why did she just seem to ebb and flow with out any emotion other than anger.

    Iloved the book as far as it went but it left to much out .

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4946)
    Performance
    (4500)
    Story
    (4491)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Strength & Endurance"
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    Story

    Any ordinary person can change their life and help others to also move from the accepted into the righteous way. The love and devotion between the sisters and the slave girl was remarkable. couldn't stop listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Tag: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    When Irene America discovers that her husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safe deposit box. There she records the truth about her life and her marriage, while turning her Red Diary—hidden where Gil will find it—into a manipulative farce.

    Maxine says: "Enjoyed it until the ending"
    "A Love Stroy for Parents"
    Overall
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    Story

    The author spins a tale that is both gripping and scary, you watch two brilliant people with talent work to distroy each other.

    The children the jewels of their lives are ignored by both. They are so wrapped up in their relationship that they don't realize what they are doing to the children.

    This was a story of child abuse, both physical and mental. How the children came out of the story with some shred of normalcy was amazing. I loved the book and would highy recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michelle Alexander
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (294)

    In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

    Alisha says: "Great Book a must read for every American!"
    "Shocking Revelations"
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    The book opened my eyes to so many things, yet the Media, and Polititains are very quiet about this issue.

    The book was filled with statics and revelations about the drug war and the prison system, and how it contributes to homelessness and the fractured family.

    It shows there is no effort to help make appropriate changes to the judicial system.

    I was surprised that the Men and women we pay to judge the defendant who may see redeeming value has no right to change a sentence or provide mental care.

    I would recommend the book to anyone who is a citizen of this country to see where our tax dollar is going.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1732)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1523)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Once again Janet Evanovich brings home the comedy"
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    I enjoy the books for the comedy and the in your face to socieity.

    Plus sometimes the food discriptions are just wonderful.

    Also the characters seem real they are full of flaws and yet they continue to survive.

    I enjoy the books. I like listening to the books because when I drive it takes my mind off the traffic and makes a dull humdrum drive light hearted.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (1104)
    Story
    (1089)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "An Adult Fairy Tale"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Snow Child the most enjoyable?

    The reader,it was the right tone for the book. Plus the writting the suspense as to wether the girl was real or a fantasy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like both the Husband, Jack and the Wife, Mabel they compleminted each other. You coud feel the love and respect they had for each other. Their neighbors made every thing real and understandable.


    What about Debra Monk’s performance did you like?

    Her voice she read the story as though it was bedtime story. She was relaxed and sure of her self and the story.


    If you could rename The Snow Child, what would you call it?

    To rename the book would take away the mystery and the fantasy of it. I liked that the Girl though real and human had that mystical quality about her. Other wise it would have been a story about pioneers in Alaska which is nice but it would not have had the fantasy quality.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book so much that I have recommended it for my 15 year old granddaughter who is a reader like my self. It is a book we can share.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    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"
    "Toni Morrison Does it again"
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    What did you love best about Home?

    I loved the language of the book, the natural flow and the way it was a story, a love story about our relationship with our families and how this love can bring us to peace and healing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The brother, who needed to forget his pain in order to help his sister, He needed to forgive Himself and raise himself to life to save her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene giving you a mystery to make you want to read the book. Who were the men? Who was the man buried? Was it real?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when the brother came to get his sister from the Dr's house, and take her to the women in Lotus Georgia ,who he knew could save her.


    Any additional comments?

    The way we remember things. How we cope with life in order to survive. How even when we are given love we tend to be suspicious. But when we open up our hearts are filled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3454)
    Performance
    (1171)
    Story
    (1191)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "The Confession : A Novel"
    Overall

    This was a very exciting book , it put you in some crazy places one minute you have hope and the next minute those hopes are dashed. I was driving with tears in my eyes. I know there a cruel people in this world but I was also uplifted by the commpassion of the lawyer and the minister. I highly recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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