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Dale Matsuda

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  • 80 ratings
  • 341 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2018
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  • Starry River of the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Grace Lin
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can't help but notice the village's peculiar inhabitants and their problems-where has the innkeeper's son gone? Why are Master Chao and Widow Yan always arguing? What is the crying sound Rendi keeps hearing? And how can crazy, old Mr. Shan not know if his pet is a toad or a rabbit?

    Julie says: "Very good. Excellent narration!"
    "Lots of Talking Points"
    Overall

    A lovely collection of fables, woven into a lyrical story of people coming together for a greater good and returning to where one belongs

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (887)

    In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote's Female Academy in Canada, 12-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a joyous homecoming, she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father has fallen ill, and a hospital visit will have to wait while he rests. But with Flavia's blasted sisters and insufferable cousin underfoot, Buckshaw now seems both too empty - and not empty enough.

    GSDNH says: "Jayne Entwistle Brings Flavia to Life"
    "Not My Favorite"
    Overall

    I found this latest chapter of Flavia's life to be confusing and much too sad. I miss the joyful Flavia of the first few books.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • If You Find Me

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Emily Murdoch
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7966)
    Performance
    (7337)
    Story
    (7329)

    Fourteen-year-old Carey and six-year-old Jenessa have lived in the woods with their mother for as long as they can remember. Now abandoned, they must fend for themselves - until they’re found by Carey’s father and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of comfort. Carey desperately wants to believe in this new reality but is held back by loyalty to her mentally ill mother, who gave Carey her violin and taught her to play the music that helps her survive.

    Diane says: "One of the best books I have ever listened to!"
    "Hooked Me"
    Overall

    Great narration of a fascinating character. I felt a little voyeuristic, listening to this heartbreaking account of the abuse and neglect suffered by two young girls, at the hands of their meth addicted mother and hidden in the woods for years. The voice of the main character reminds me of The Secret Life of Bees in it's descriptive power and creativity. The story is ultimately one of horror, profound love and the resilience of the human spirit. However, having worked in a domestic violence shelter, I felt the author did a disservice to victims of abuse in how quickly they "recovered" and adapted to a totally alien world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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