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VicinSF

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  • The Thing Around Your Neck

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
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    Overall
    (47)
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    (39)
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    Winner of a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and an Orange Prize for Fiction, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie continues the literary tradition of Chinua Achebe, one of her greatest influences, in this brilliant collection of stories. Focusing on life’s many clashes—tradition with modernity, African cultures with American—Adichie delivers a series of haunting, character-driven tales.

    Cariola says: "Powerful Short Story Collection"
    "Gentle but penetrating stories about African women"
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    Any additional comments?

    The stories take place in and out of Africa. They pay close attention to the states of mind of the characters. The situations range from hiding out in the midst of armed conflict to dealing with family or work, to adjusting to life in America in an arranged marriage.

    Totally convincing, read with appropriate accents and a gentleness that goes with the content. Engrossing.

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  • The Siege of Krishnapur

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. G. Farrell
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
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    (45)
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    In the Spring of 1857, with India on the brink of a violent and bloody mutiny, Krishnapur is a remote town on the vast North Indian plain. For the British there, life is orderly and genteel. Then the sepoys at the nearest military cantonment rise in revolt and the British community retreats with shock into the Residency. They prepare to fight for their lives with what weapons they can muster.

    Neil Chisholm says: "A thin veneer completely shattered"
    "Darkly funny, satiric, ans profound"
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    What about Sam Dastor’s performance did you like?

    The reader brought the book to life with his mastery of different voices and accents. He was able to suggest the characters' moods, changes of outlook, even their weariness and weakness as the siege proceeds. Brilliant work!


    Any additional comments?

    One of a trilogy linked by their general theme of the decline of the British Empire, Krishnapur is a wonderfully humane chronicle of a group of Victorian trapped in their cultural assumptions, tested by extreme circumstances. Some grow, some become more hardened in their ways of thinking, some give way. The result is an investigation of basic attitudes toward social organization, human interaction and morality - told with great humor and satire that is never misanthropic. Fascinating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
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    (375)
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    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "A lot more than Food tips"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes: Marcus's life is quite a story - from Ethiopia to Sweden, then Switzerland, England, France, USA - and now an international career. His sense of duty and dedication could be cloying, but is set out so unsentimentally that it just seems part of a strong character. You do have to be interested in food because of the detailed descriptions of his lifetime obsession, but they repay attention.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus himself, of course.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Discovering Harlem.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Coming back to Ethiopia; meeting his "dead" father and his reception in his home village.


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