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Peg

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  • A High Wind in Jamaica

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Hughes
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
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    (30)
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    (25)
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    (25)

    Set in the 19th century against a backdrop of island life and the vast surrounding seas, A High Wind in Jamaica is the gripping story of the Bas-Thornton children, whose parents send them back to England following a hurricane in the postcolonial Caribbean they call home. Having set sail, the children quickly fall into the hands of pirates. As their voyage continues, things take an awful turn

    Donald says: "Bach gets in the way"
    "Before there was Lord of the Flies...."
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    there was A High Wind in Jamaica. Rather than taking over an island, these kids take over a pirate ship...and the pirates are bamboozled. It's not a comic story, but a fascinating character sketch of a 10 year old girl becoming aware of her self and her place in the world and a down-and-out pirate in an age where technology is leaving him behind. Although the story is mostly about 10 year old Emily, there are no heroes and Emily is at once a remarkable and very ordinary child.

    This is a very complex story about coming of age in a very complicated world. It is not sugar-coated.

    I remember the movie in the 60s with Anthony Quinn and James Coburn. I liked the movie, but honestly the personas of both of those actors were too big to capture the very ordinary human condition of the pirates in the book. It's well worth the read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7329)
    Performance
    (6717)
    Story
    (6722)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Not Dickensian enough"
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    Several reviews said Tartt is a modern day Dickens. Okay, this is richly woven. Lots of detail. But in Dickens, there's a sense of redemption coming for someone--if you just stick with the story. But I couldn't stick with this. It opens with the main character at age 27/28--but the story starts with him at age 13. Halfway through the second quadrant, he's still thirteen and I'm thinking "Just how long is this kid going to be 13? Can we fast forward to 27? How are we going to get through the next 13 years if 6 months has taken up this much time in the book?"

    Too many of the characters are two-dimensional--fairy-tale characters with no depth. The ones that are intriguing get whisked away too quickly. Maybe they appear later in the book, but honestly at least one of them needed to be more present in the second quandrant of this book to keep me interested enough to see what happens to the main character. I can't finish it.

    For all of it's detail, the story lacks veracity. Too much information, too little consequence.

    The narration is great and I will definitely look forward to other books narrated by David Pittu.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3897)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1649)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Grrr! The chapters are out of sync!"
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    The recording starts at Chapter 2, then skips from 3 to 5. It might be a great book and a wonderful performance....but I checked out as soon as I realized the recording was botched.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1026)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Loved this book! Great historical perspective."
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    This was a delightful book. Well written. It covers the time in London's East End pretty much right after WWII. It provides an amazing historical perspective on medical history, particularly that of ob/gyn at a time that was not all that long ago, but seems like another world entirely. It also provides perspective on the lives of London's poor before the economy around the docks collapsed. Oh, and before the pill. It really was another world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10378)
    Performance
    (5636)
    Story
    (5669)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Disappointing...."
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    Okay, I really liked the premise of the story and I know it was fiction. And a fiction within a fiction. The writing was excellent. The performance was excellent. It's the story itself that disappointed me.

    First, a small point. That's not how exotic animals are currently trained. (Read "Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched" by Amy Sutherland.) These old-fashioned memes that are stuck in the popular culture drive me crazy. They are no help to us or the animals that share our lives (domestic or exotic).

    Second, without revealing a key feature of the plot, the fiction went too far for me. It broke too many laws of the physical world. If this were a fantasy novel, that could've been dealt with. But it's not in the fantasy genre so there was one request for the suspension of disbelief too many and that was centered around a key development in the plot. So, I just felt dissappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Noble House

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (365)

    The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are the days of high adventure, from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes: fire, flood, and landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong, the heart of Asia, rich in every trade: money, flesh, opium, power.

    Lily says: "Great story, great narrator"
    "A great thumping read, er, listen!"
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    This is an excellent story to get lost in! Epic storytelling at its very best. Save it for a cross-country drive or some other week- long endeavor where you need the company of a gripping story and you will have a great time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (538)

    Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

    B. Westman says: "Surprisingly Deep"
    "Too deep and too pat at the same time"
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    I was sucked in to this story. It's emotionally very complex...so the resolution was altogether too easy. I ended it feeling disappointed. Ultimately, this story was too shallow for its own depth. I like to listen to audiobooks a couple of times. I won't be listening to this one twice...but I didn't make that decision until the very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Double Comfort Safari Club: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (322)
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    (319)

    Alexander McCall Smith’s internationally best-selling and award-winning series starring Botswana’s leading lady detective continues with this 11th charming tale. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi travel to the Okavango Delta to visit a safari lodge beset by unexplained events. There they are awestruck by the breathtaking scenery, but also troubled by the region’s many difficulties—not the least of which is the occasional grumpy hippopotamus.

    bebe says: "I love this series"
    "Delightful as always."
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    Alexander McCall Smith wrties lovely, gentle stories about ordinary people. His insights into our pettiness and kindness are universal. I love the No. 1 Ladies Detectvie Agency series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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