SAN CARLOS, CA, United States | Member Since 2005
I just finished Zeitoun and I highly recommend it. I thought I had an idea of what their Katrina-related story was about -- I listened to an NPR program where he and his wife were the guest speakers and I listened to the NPR This American Life episode on the Katrina. aftermath...however prepared I thought I was -- and sort of dreaded listening, I did not know the extent of the Zeitoun's story. It is something else -- you can only say, "in America, this happened?" Out of context, one would think that the location was in a third world country...incredible, sad, but the Zeitoun’s have a story to tell and in the end, they are sanguine, still, about their future, about the United States. It is a family story, actually, and not that difficult to read -- it does pick up into the meatier more exciting material midway, but one needs to know about the family history to become connected -- sort of a must read, I think. I thought the narration was excellent, too.
Excellent epic novel about a holocaust survivor. It is unique because it is written as a stream of consciousness and it is one of the most detailed books I've ever read, and the reader REALLY gets to know Anya. This novel is extremely well researched and is just plain impressive.along with the narration -- equally impressive. My first introduction to Susan Fromberg Schaeffer novels.
When I listened to a Sample, I knew that I would buy this audio version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz narrated by Anne Hathaway --- like many people, I've read the books, seen the movie and TV versions, plays - you name it, but this version is the coup de grâce in that the listener gets so much story detail that is forgotten from the days of reading as a child and never really absorbed in the movie version -- so I loved it for that reason. The narration by Ms. Hathaway was the best.
This is not close to Anne Franks Diary -- of which I've read several versions and love!. This is interesting enough, but not enough for me to finish -- which surprised me. I think I may go back to it -- I may have been reading too many books of this genre and had to move on. 9/27/11
I was very bored with this novel and stopped about half way -- i don't think I'm that easily disappointed in books. For this one, I had in mind something completely different. I decided to read it based on the highly rated reviews in Amazon. One reviewer commented that they thought these 5-star reviews were written by family....possibly so.
I really love Goldie Hawn; we grew up together on TV and movies, we are born the same year....although I finished the book, I was so surprised by the monotone of her narration and remember it being unmemorable. My expectations were perhaps too high, and I was disappointed Perhaps another narrator would have saved it.
I loved the whole idea of the storyline, but it just seemed to go on forever and at a slow pace -- I found myself not that excited about getting back to the book -- and that was my feeling to the end. I don't even think I finished it. I love time travel, but for some reason this one did not grab my attention. This was in 2005; perhaps I'll give it another try -- but I usually don't go back a second time.
My first book "read" on audible.com and I Loved it -- It was riveting; however, I have to say that the last two chapters disappointed me so much -- the author did the proverbial Rush job. I wasn't in a very forgiving mood and gave a 4 star but I have now come around to how I felt about 98% of the book -- it's a 5 star in that respect.
I was going through a period of reading a lot of contemporary fiction and memoirs but I kept coming across Dean Koontz and finally decided to read Husband, in December 2006, and loved it -- it was great to read a Thriller again. I then read Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son and that was quite a departure, but excellent after I got into it and I plan on reading the sequel ... some day.
Being 20 yrs. old in 1967, I was a part of it all, but on the San Francisco side. I made a few visits to LA during that time, but never got to know the real scoop, of course, and this filled the gaps -- it was a fun, easy read. This is a sixties time capsule nugget.
I selected the Tarzan of the Apes audio Book 1 on an impulse because I had never read it and only vaguely recalled the basic story outline from a movie. As someone else mentioned, I might not have been able to get through to the end if I read it rather than listened to the excellent narrator, James Slattery. It turned out to be vividly wonderful throughout. Unbelievable to me was that I did not want to put the audio book down. Up until the very last minute of the story, I did not know how it would end and I realized that I probably never knew. Highly recommend for a fun-filled listening experience.
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