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Paula

Toronto, ON, Canada | Member Since 2015

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  • The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Edmund de Waal
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (345)

    The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in 19th-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.

    Amazon Customer says: "A vagabond through history, clutching a tiny carvi"
    "I consider this book one of the best..."
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    What did you love best about The Hare with Amber Eyes?

    I loved the way de Waal wove together his family's narrative from multiple countries and through multiple generations. His portrayal of the characters and life in the different societies painted a clear picture for my imagination. Ultimately, this is also a story of devastation and survival of Jews in the Holocaust.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hare with Amber Eyes?

    I loved learning more of the history of the family's street in Paris, where I had recently visited. The family's history is so interesting that it led me to research more about the author, his artwork, the family and the locations.


    What does Michael Maloney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Maloney adds another element of emotion through his reading.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The history of a great European dynasty.


    Any additional comments?

    There's a short interview with the author at the end of the story. Great to hear his voice and gain more insight into his life and his work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (366)

    Now Allon is back in Venice, when a terrible explosion in Rome leads to a disturbing personal revelation: the existence of a dossier in terrorist hands that strips away his secrets, lays bare his history.

    Steven says: "great book, horrible audio"
    "Mispronunciation detracted from the experience"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The author went to so much trouble to familiarize a new reader with the characters and themes that I thought I was 're-listening' to a story I had already heard.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    After hearing 8 in the series, they're all old friends


    Would you be willing to try another one of Guerin Barry’s performances?

    NO. Not in this series. Mispronounced too many words and names. Why wasn't this edited??
    He did the voices well so probably should not do accents.


    Do you think Prince of Fire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    More Gabriel Alon


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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