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Barbara A Danner

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  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (467)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I have heard good reviews about this book for years, and it has been a popular choice as a Book Club read, so I looked forward to listening for some time. What a disappointment! Although I found the story somewhat interesting and informative at times, the narrator's voice was so grating that it was a real struggle to complete. I would suggest a paper copy of the book, if you want to bother at all. The theme of the book is about female friendship, but I found it difficult to relate to the selfishness of the main character. The reasons for Lily's abandonment of her life-long friend for many years was hard to fathom, and its resolution didn't ring true for me. For a much better, less sappy story, I'd vote for Memoirs of a Geisha anytime!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (224)

    Carson McCullers was all of 23 when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She became an overnight literary sensation, and soon such authors as Tennessee Williams were calling her "the greatest prose writer that the South [has] produced." The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s.

    Connie says: "Cherry Jones - 10"
    "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"
    Overall

    I participated in a discussion of this book recently in a book group, and I took the opportunity to recommend Audible to the whole group as a wonderful way to "read" while commuting, taking a walk, etc! I thoroughly enjoyed Cherry Jones narration of this memorable work. The careful development of the strong characters as they struggle in their isolation makes this a fascinating read. It is difficult to fathom the maturity of Carson McCullers who wrote this novel at the age of 23 years. Do not expect a page turner, but be charmed by the weaving of the tapestry Ms McCullers designs. The story will stay in your heart long after the last chapter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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