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Pittsfield, MA, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 2 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 86 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The Postmistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sarah Blake
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Alternating between an America still cocooned in its inability to grasp the danger at hand and a Europe being torn apart by war, The Postmistress gives us two women who find themselves unable to deliver the news, and a third woman desperately waiting for news yet afraid to hear it. Sarah Blake's The Postmistress shows how we bear the fact that war goes on around us while ordinary lives continue. Filled with stunning parallels to today, it is a remarkable novel.

    Babs says: "Reasonably enjoyable, but too full of stereotypes"
    "Too Long, Too Flat"

    There were some good moments in the book but overall the story was made tedious by elaborate and painfully repetitive descriptions that went on and on, making up perhaps for lack of action. The characters were a little flat and unremarkable. This book was compared to The Help, but if the Help is a study in character development, then this book is a study in lack of development. I can guarantee in a couple of months I will remember nothing about this book or it's characters. What really got to me about this audio book, more than the story, is the narrator. Every time she reads dialogue in, be it male or female, it sounds as if she is doing a comedic impression of an elderly Katherine Hepburn. It drove me up the wall. I'd rather her just read them in a flat tone than try to do what she must feel is a Massachusetts accent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Perfect Audiobook Experience"

    The writing was brilliant. The author captured the turmoil, the pain, and the fear of racism in 1960s Mississippi right along with the love, the laughter and the heartwarming moments that define family and friendship. She wove the two together into such a masterful story that I must admit I got sucked in and couldn't turn it off. I laughed out loud numerous times, and I cried real tears at others.

    The voices of the readers were perfect. It's was easy to forget I was listening to actors and to start believing I was listening to actual people casually recount memories from their lives.

    The perfect audiobook. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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