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T. Arcangel

I am a Special Education teacher. I grew up in Ashland, Oregon, but have lived most of my life in Hawaii. My favorite reading/listening genres are history and historical fiction.

Honolulu | Member Since 2010

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  • 14 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 99 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hearts of Horses: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Gloss
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    The irresistible tale of 19-year-old Martha Lessen, a female horse whisperer trying to make a go of it in a man's world. It was thought that the only way to break a horse was to buck the wild out of it, and broken ribs and tough falls just went with the job. But over several long, hard winter months, many of the townsfolk in this remote county of eastern Oregon witness Martha's way of talking in low, sweet tones to horses believed beyond repair---and getting miraculous, almost immediate results.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Simple, Honest, Wonderful"
    "Excellent for a Reading Club"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Runaway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    In best-selling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.

    Tom says: "unjustified perseverance got me through"
    "Disappointing Surprise"
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    Would you try another book from Tracy Chevalier and/or Kate Reading?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tracy Chevalier? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buddha in a Teacup

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Todd Walton
    • Narrated By Todd Walton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (9)

    Inspired by the teachings of Buddha, the 42 contemporary short stories in Buddha in a Teacup will inspire and entertain modern-day readers, non-Buddhists and Buddhists alike. Each tale presents a key moment in the human comedy when people are presented with opportunities to move beyond fear and doubt into healthier and more meaningful relationships with themselves and each other.

    Andrew says: "ghostguests"
    "One A Day"
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    What made the experience of listening to Buddha in a Teacup the most enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butler: A Witness to History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history.

    Cris says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "NOT as Advertised"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is interested in the history of African Americans in cinema.


    What could Wil Haygood have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Told more of the story of Eugene Allen.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I did like the narration in the first hour of the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Honolulu

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    Set in the 1920s and 1930s, Honolulu explores the stark contrast between the image of the glamorous Hawaiian paradise portrayed to the mainland and the harsh reality of life on the island. With characters as vivid and richly descriptive as the history of Hawaii itself, this novel is sure to enthrall listeners.

    Jeffrey says: "Very Distracting Narrator"
    "Place names - oh, why don't readers ask?"
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    Would you listen to Honolulu again? Why?

    Probably not. I rarely listen to books twice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Honolulu?

    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.


    What aspect of Ali Ahn’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


    If you could rename Honolulu, what would you call it?

    The Picture Bride


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Strangers On Montagu Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (178)

    The Strangers On Montagu Street, the third in Karen White's enchanting series, follows up on the The House On Tradd Street and The Girl On Legare Street. Psychic realtor Melanie Middleton is still restoring her Charleston house and doesn't expect to have a new houseguest, a teen girl named Nola. But the girl didn't come alone, and the spirits that accompanied Nola don't seem willing to leave.... Karen White, author of ten award-winning novels, is a graduate of Tulane University....

    T. Arcangel says: "Best so far!"
    "Best so far!"
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    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (707)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Leesa Scott-morrow says: "Brain Candy"
    "Distracting narrator"
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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12407)
    Performance
    (4812)
    Story
    (4846)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "A New "Reader""
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    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (1888)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (820)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Slightly too sweet."
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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House On Tradd Street

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Aimee Bruneau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (712)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (318)

    Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she's going to have to accept it. An Old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog - and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.

    Joanna says: "Pleasantly surprised"
    "Engaging but not demanding"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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