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Barbara

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  • The Girl You Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Penny Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (517)

    France, 1916: Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife, Sophie, to fight at the front. When their small town falls to the Germans in the midst of World War II, Edouard’s portrait of Sophie draws the eye of the new Kommandant. As the officer’s dangerous obsession deepens, Sophie will risk everything - her family, her reputation, and her life - to see her husband again.

    FanB14 says: "Exquisite Portrait of Sophie and Liz"
    "I forgive you, Jojo"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl You Left Behind to be better than the print version?

    I've only listened to this book, so I can't compare it to the print version, but I did very much enjoy the many voices in the audio version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl You Left Behind?

    The climax of The Girl You Left Behind is the most memorable part for me; the author did an excellent job with the characters up to that point, so I could really identify with the character's struggle and shock.

    Another memorable moment is the shock I experienced when the author abruptly shifted settings at one point; it was unsettling, as I feared my questions wouldn't be answered! Thank goodness, she brought things back around later.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't share my favorite scene without ruining the story for someone who hasn't read it.


    Any additional comments?

    My only criticism of TGYLB would be that the cover art is boring; I almost didn't choose it, for that reason, but because I so enjoyed Me Before You (by the same author), I knew not to judge the book by its cover!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3827)
    Performance
    (3449)
    Story
    (3468)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Loved this book all the way through"
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    If you could sum up Me Before You in three words, what would they be?

    genuine, compelling, discovery


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Me Before You?

    I knew I would love this book at the end, regardless of the ending, and I was right.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the dancing scene at the wedding; it made me happy for the characters. I also appreciated the dinner scene at home.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book, but I definitely had a hard time getting out of my car (I listened on my daily commute.) I actually found myself following the speed limit so as to make my ride last longer! :)


    Any additional comments?

    One thing I didn't like was a shift that one of the characters makes in thinking that I didn't really undestand. All things considered, though, I loved the book, deciding even before I knew the ending that it deserved the highest praise. I love the way it ended, and I especially appreciate the way the theme played out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 23rd Psalm: A Holocaust Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By George Lucius Salton
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    In September, 1939, George Lucius Salton's boyhood in Tyczyn, Poland, was shattered by escalating violence and terror under German occupation. His father, a lawyer, was forbidden to work, but 11-year-old George dug potatoes, split wood, and resourcefully helped his family. They suffered hunger and deprivation, a forced march to the Rzeszow ghetto, then eternal separation when 14-year-old George and his brother were left behind to labor in work camps while their parents were deported in boxcars to die in Belzec. For the next three years, George slaved and barely survived in 10 concentration camps.

    LifetimeRoad says: "One of the best holocaust books I've read."
    "All the Passion of a Newscast"
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    Would you try another book from George Lucius Salton and/or Ken Kliban?

    I might consider a book by George Lucius Salton, but I would definitely not buy a book narrated by Ken Kliban.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Obviously, the content of the Holocaust is compelling in and of itself. As a teacher, I've read several paper-copy books on this subject and have even heard Henry Golde (Holocaust survivor) speak in-person. That said, the story is coming off more like a series of sentences, rather than a memoir. In the author's defense, I'm not sure it's because of the narration or something else, since I'm obviously listening, rather than reading.


    What didn’t you like about Ken Kliban’s performance?

    Ken sounds like a very nice man, but a man with little emotion; this book has all the passion of a nightly newscast. I'm on Chapter 6 and am just hoping that someone else will be narrating, too. Otherwise, I'm not sure I'll finish it. I've listened to to other books this month and found them to be much better; the narrators changed their voices to sound younger when reading parts of younger characters. Ken's reading, while sincere, lacks inflection/tone to match the content, in my opinion.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The book isn't sparking anything beyond general interest, at this point.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to hear a boy's voice (or an effort to sound younger, at least) for the parts of the author's childhood.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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