Honolulu | Member Since 2010
I was attracted to this book because I am an Oregon native and the setting is Eastern Oregon during World War One. Although "Elwha County" is a fictional location, the descriptions of the Northeastern part of my state are vivid and true. I became very attached to horse whisperer, Martha, and loved the voice given to her by Renee Raudman. I believe this would make a great reading group selection because there are so many metaphors and so much interesting symbolism in the book.
I've listened to maybe 40 audio books and The Hearts of Horses is one of the top 5.
I've read nearly everything by Tracy Chevalier. She is among my favorite authors. I have listened to other books narrated by Kate Reading and I thought she was wonderful.
Yes, I would.
I would cast Kate Reading, but I would ask her not to add that questioning uplift at the end of every sentence. It drove me crazy. I don't know why she did it in this book, because it isn't her style.
I was so excited when I read that Ms. Chevalier was to write a book about a Quaker woman. I am a descendant of Quakers, and Chevalier is one of my favorite authors. I was also very happy to find that Kate Reading would be the narrator, because she did such a fine job of reading Sara Donati's books. "The Last Runaway" fell flat for me, however. What an unpleasant surprise! I didn't like most of the characters and didn't feel involved with the rest. I kept waiting for something interesting or unexpected to happen, but it never did. finished listening to the whole thing, but I was relieved when it was over.
I'm not quite finished with this book yet. I find that rather than listening straight through, I like to listen to one or two stories, and then stop for awhile so I can think about them. Todd Walton has a pleasant voice. I am very glad I purchased this book.
Someone who is interested in the history of African Americans in cinema.
Told more of the story of Eugene Allen.
I did like the narration in the first hour of the book.
I was very disappointed. I imagined that the film, "The Butler" would be based on this book, so I wanted to hear the book first. In truth, the book is only an advertisement for the film! I have purchased other books from Audible that I wasn't crazy about, but this is the first time that I've ever felt ripped off.
I expected this book to be a biography of Eugene Allen, butler in the White House. The first hour of the book is about the author's attempt to find and interview Mr. Allen, and does include a few stories about Mr. Allen and his wife. A little over one half of the book has nothing to do with Mr. Allen. It is all about the history of African Americans in movie-making history. I did not buy this book to hear about Denzel Washington being nominated for an Oscar, I bought it to hear about the butler, Eugene Allen.
Probably not. I rarely listen to books twice.
I was fascinated by the entrances of historical figures into the story. Detective Chang Apana and Henry Kahahawai were already familiar names to me. Even after living in Hawaii for almost 40 years, I had not heard of "Panama Dave" Baptiste and May Thompson, who were also real residents of Honolulu.
Ali Ahn was a good reader, but her mispronunciation of Hawaiian place names drove me to distraction. Like most mainlanders, she pronounces the name of this city, "Hahnahlulu" instead of "Honolulu". Ewa is pronounced "Ehvah", not "ee-wah". When she read "Palama" and "Waimanalo" I had to pause to figure out where she was talking about. How I wish readers would ASK a local resident how to pronounce place names.
The Picture Bride
I loved The House on Tradd Street and The Girl on Legare Street, but I believe The Strangers on Montagu Street is my favorite of the three in this series. I listened to the entire book in just a little over 24 hours - and it's not like I didn't have anything else to do! I admit to being somewhat surprised by how much I enjoy this series. I usually listen to history, or historical fiction. I am a West coast person who has never even visited Charleston. But when I listen to Aimee Bruneau's excellent narration I can feel the sunlight, smell the flowers, and picture the neighborhoods so clearly. I felt a little sad as this book neared the end because I doubted there would be a 4th installment - but I was thrilled to hear "to be continued" at the closing.
If you like a touch of the paranormal that isn't so scary that it will make you hide under the covers at night, this series is just right. There is romance, but it's not overwhelming. Brava Ms. White!
Scott Brick is so popular. I don't get it! Most of the time he sounds like he needs oxygen. At the end of the story, which should have been a thoughtful and sentimental moment, he was so overly dramatic that I burst out laughing. I never got very attached to any characters - didn't feel like I knew them. I did love the red rock setting though, and the archaeology aspect of the story. This was my first Preston/Child book.
This is definitely one of my favorite audio-books of all time, and I have listened to many. John Lee's narration is superb. My oldest son, who has never been one to read for pleasure, was often subjected to 20 minutes of "Pillars" when I gave him a ride to work in the morning. I was so pleased when he finally asked me if he could listen to the whole book when I was finished. I think Audible is going to gain a new customer!
Yes, the story was too sweet and reminded me of Nicholas Sparks. There were a few anachronisms that were very obvious to anyone with a clear memory of the 1980's. In spite of these two faults, I really enjoyed this book a lot. I loved the setting and appreciated learning more of the history of Seattle. I really liked the characters Henry, Keiko, and especially Sheldon. I was so happy to learn that Oscar Holden and the Midnight Blue were historical jazz musicians. Most of all, I was intrigued by this first effort by Jamie Ford, an author who grew up in my hometown, Ashland, Oregon. Good work, Mr. Ford!
Honestly, I think I bought the book for its cover. Having realized how impulsive I had been, I was surprised by how much I liked listening to the story. I liked the ghost story that didn't have me hiding under my covers at night. I am not from South Carolina so I can't say if Ms. Bruneau mastered a Charleston accent, but I thought the narration was very good. This is a good book to listen to on a road trip or in traffic as it doesn't demand your full concentration but is still an engaging story.
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