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  • Queen of America: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Narrated By Luis Alberto Urrea
    Overall
    (47)
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    (39)
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    After the bloody Tomochic rebellion, Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," flees with her father to Arizona. But their plans are derailed when she once again is claimed as the spiritual leader of the Mexican Revolution. Besieged by pilgrims and pursued by assassins, Teresita embarks on a journey through turn-of-the-century industrial America-New York, San Francisco, St. Louis. She meets immigrants and tycoons, European royalty and Cuban poets, all waking to the new American century. And as she decides what her own role in this modern future will be, she must ask herself....

    Charlotte says: "Urrea does it again"
    "This is Best Way to Experience "Queen of America""
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    If you could sum up Queen of America in three words, what would they be?

    Lyrical, passionate, transporting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The vividness and reality of what it would be like to be a saint or to live with one.


    What does Luis Alberto Urrea bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The beautifully alive Spanish and the wry humor.


    Who was the most memorable character of Queen of America and why?

    Thomas, for his living life fully with all his flaws and his being a larger-than-life rogue that made me laugh, when I wasn't wanting to kick him.


    Any additional comments?

    No one in our book club made it through the entire book, read or audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Hare: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Arto Paasilinna
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Vatanen, a journalist, is feeling burned out and sick of the city. One summer evening, he and a photographer set out on an assignment, and as they drive through the country, the car hits a young hare. Vatanen leaves the car to save the injured creature, and the grateful animal adopts him. This small incident becomes a turning point in Vatanen’s life as he decides to break free from the world’s constraints.

    Mary says: "Interesting for a Book Club Book Discussion"
    "Interesting for a Book Club Book Discussion"
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was satisfying and in keeping with the plot and character.s


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughing out loud several times.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting view of life through Finnish author writing in the seventies

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (363)

    When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn.

    Johnny says: "Awesome"
    "Austen's characters and wit come alive"
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    What did you love best about Northanger Abbey?

    Juliet Stevenson's reading of


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughing a lot!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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