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Joanna Bell

Manitoba Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1949)
    Performance
    (1815)
    Story
    (1833)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "A classic come to life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Shining in three words, what would they be?

    The Shining is an enduring classic and this audio book brings it to life. A "page turner" that you can "read" even when driving! The narrator really picked up the subtle changes in characters and psyche, conveying happiness and horror with ease.
    Even after all these years Stephen Kings thrilling nightmare come to page, still sends shivers down your spine.

    Classic
    Page-turning
    Nightmare


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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6683)
    Performance
    (4665)
    Story
    (4650)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Emotional rollercoaster ride"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Kitchen House in three words, what would they be?

    Heartbreaking, joyful, tragiomedy (Tragic, Comedy)


    What does Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    These women brought the book to life and made me weep for the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Its great to find such wonderful audiobooks for me to enjoy while driving to college or cooking and cleaning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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