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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Tenth of December: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Saunders
    • Narrated By George Saunders
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (386)

    One of the most important and blazingly original writers of his generation, George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet. In the taut opener, "Victory Lap", a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In "Home", a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned.

    Molly-o says: "I could never have known"
    "Better in tangible book form, but that is me"
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    If you could sum up Tenth of December in three words, what would they be?

    As I said in my headline, I wish I rather had the book in hand. The author uses many current colloquialisms with which I'm not familiar (that shows my age!) and I would have liked to see them. The stories are good: bizarre, contemporary 'problems', esp. of parenting; that I liked.


    Did George Saunders do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I was not always sure who was talking


    Any additional comments?

    What I said above, applies to this book. Otherwise I am an avid audible.com listener.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2179)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (820)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Portrait of the Young Artist (J.Joyce)


    Was Nineteen Minutes worth the listening time?

    No it was not; because it is based on news stories and does not go any further than reports on news and talk shows about, admittedly, heart-rending events. It is not literature - and that's what I like.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1584)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1134)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "I loved this novel"
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    If you could sum up The Persimmon Tree in three words, what would they be?

    Dutch East Indies, WWII, and much in between


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A nice, light Australian accent; clarity.


    Any additional comments?

    none except how do you enter your review?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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