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Kathryn

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  • The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Set in the 1850s, The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton speaks to you in a splendidly quirky voice: the strong, wry, no-nonsense voice of Lidie Harkness of Quincy, Illinois, a young woman of courage, good sense, and good heart. It carries you into an America so violently torn apart by the question of slavery that it makes our current political battlegrounds seem a peaceable kingdom.

    Donna says: "Teriffic book, outstanding production"
    "enjoyed myself while I learned"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed learning about the abolitionist movement while following the story of Lidie and her travels and adventures. At times, it did seem that the next plot point was a bit too far away, but given the time period, that seemed to helped "transport" me back to a simpler, less harried time. I, also, listened to this while driving, but over several shorter trips and couldn't get wait to get back to the story every time I left it.

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  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2610)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (359)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "So enjoyable I looked forward to my workout!"
    Overall

    I was so captivated by the depth of the characters in this book, artfully read by Jenna Lamia, that I actually looked forward to plugging in my earphones and getting on the treadmill. I was sad to finish the book, but it was a very satisfying read. The background of the Civil Rights movement made the story more poignant and I found Lily's search for a mother to be engaging and hopeful. I will definitely keep my eyes open for another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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