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julie

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  • Half-Blood Blues: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Esi Edugyan
    • Narrated By Kyle Riley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player, Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was 20 years old, a German citizen. And he was black.

    julie says: "Slow start, but worth the time."
    "Slow start, but worth the time."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to friends with an open mind. I don't think this is a book that mainstream readers would seek out, but it was worth reading!


    What about Kyle Riley’s performance did you like?

    Kyle Riley's performance brought the story to life. I really felt like I could see these men and the voices that they had (via Kyle) helped to shape that visual picture.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    By the last half of the book, I was looking forward to driving somewhere so I could find out how it would end!


    Any additional comments?

    The dialect, names and slang terms were sometimes a little hard to follow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2679)
    Performance
    (2406)
    Story
    (2405)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "An entertaining and funny book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Where'd You Go, Bernadette the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the author's quirky style and references to Seattle and Canada.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were hilarious. I felt for poor Bea-she was always trying to keep it together for her family.


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen Wilhoite – was your favorite?

    My favorite character had to be eccentric Bernadette. I felt Kathleen Whilhoite brought her to life!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very lighthearted and fun read for a long car trip. I am interested in reading Maria Semple's other book and hope it proves to be just as amusing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2347)
    Performance
    (2067)
    Story
    (2054)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "One of the best books I have read this year!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. Elizabeth McGovern was a very believable Cora. It touches on some hard subjects for that time in history. I like books about people and relationships and this one did not disappoint!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Patrick deWitt
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (344)

    Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living - and whom he does it for. With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western....

    Darwin8u says: "Beautiful, Absurd & Melancholic Frontier Noir."
    "Just couldn't get through this one!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story just did not keep my interest-in print or on audio!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick deWitt again?

    If I found the subject of another of his books more interesting, I would give him another try.


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    I did think that the narrator was a good choice for this story, I just didn't like the story!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12751)
    Performance
    (11681)
    Story
    (11747)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Achingly sad, but so much more!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    I thought the narrator did a great job with this story. I really enjoyed the dialogue between the characters. These sophisticated teens had a very quick and intelligent banter throughout the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that it was written in the voice of a teenage girl that is terminally ill. Despite the fact that the author is a male, he shows great insight into her (and the other characters) feelings, medical condition and thoughts about mortality.


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

    There were many moments that moved me. I loved the sweetness of Augustus Waters. I liked the scene at the Anne Frank house. I liked that Hazel stood up to Peter VH and confronted him with the truth about many things.


    Any additional comments?

    When I ordered this audiobook, I did not know it was a Young Adult novel. I am so glad that I listened to it as it is an insightful book on love and hope.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dovekeepers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (672)

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

    Melinda says: "No Olive Branch"
    "Worth committing to the 19 hours!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Dovekeepers the most enjoyable?

    Having different readers for each character made the story seem like these women were telling it to me!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was about women, strong women, and the ways that they supported and helped each other. I also liked that the characters interconnected by the end of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say that there was one that sticks out in my mind, but the story and readers created impressionable visual pictures throughout the book. There are some scenes that are hard to get out of your mind once you have read them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, this book is too long to listen to in one sitting, It is important not to leave it for months though as it will be hard to understand all the relationships in the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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