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Elizabeth

Oklahoma City, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Shot in the Heart

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mikal Gilmore
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    In an eloquent, mesmerizing voice, Mikal Gilmore weaves us through generations of his family's history to uncover the sources that led Gary Gilmore to murder, and the crippling aftermath of Gary's deed on his family. A vital and deeply American story, Shot in the Heart raises many compelling issues of concern in a country that grows ever more violent.

    Lisa says: "too bad it's abridged"
    "Sad Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shot in the Heart to be better than the print version?

    The audio version was moving because it tells a family story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the author. He had a lot of loss, but still got into the "causes" within his family and the tragedies that occurred. He had a lot of insight but appeared to obtain this it only because he was a victim of all of it.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    The author - Mikal Gilmore - most of us knew about his famous brother, but not about him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Shot in the Heart


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  • Kira-Kira

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Cynthia Kadohata
    • Narrated By Elaina Erika Davis
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    kira-kira (kee' ra kee' ra): glittering; shining

    Glittering. That's how Katie Takeshima's sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people's eyes. When Katie and her family move from a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it's Lynn who explains to her why people stop them on the street to stare.

    Chris says: "An Emotional Rollercoaster"
    "What a touching book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to my sister - it is slow to develop into a story about a younger sister's loss of her older sister. The love described is beautiful; the sister is nurtured by her sister and she, in turn, nurtures her younger brother. The parents, immigrants from Japan in the early 50's, must work every day for long hours. They love their children, but the direct nurturing comes from each other.


    What other book might you compare Kira-Kira to and why?

    There is no comparison to this book. It was so delightful in many ways but so sad in other ways.


    What about Elaina Erika Davis’s performance did you like?

    I loved her role in first person telling the story of a young woman's perspective of having an ill sister and of her having to take on roles that aren't comfortable. She portrayed the character very well.


    If you could rename Kira-Kira, what would you call it?

    Butterfly


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I didn't clearly understand was some of the cultural issues. I would have to look to ensure that Japanese people celebrate American New Year in that area rather than Chinese New Year - they very well may have started embracing American holidays. Most other Asians celebrate the Chinese New Year.

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