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Arianah

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  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (198)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "Excellent Book - A Realistic Biography"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book. Both the story and the narrator had my attention from the first paragraph.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that we get the background for both Julia and Paul. Anything that I have seen previously regarding Paul was not in-depth. I love that both Julia and Paul, who had a true love affair that lasted 40+ years, were presented as the human beings they were with all of their faults and foibles and not some perfect super-human beings.


    Which character – as performed by Kimberly Farr – was your favorite?

    I think Kimberly did a wonderful job by not trying to overdue "the voice" that plagued Julia's maternal family as a result of elongated vocal cords.


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

    Both. I laughed, I cried, I laughed again.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a review reader, not a review writer as a rule. When I purchased this book, it had one star and no reviews. I normally would not buy a book without reviews as I ALWAYS read reviews before purchasing, especially if the author is not known to me. But I love Julia Child. So I was quite pleased to find this was both wonderfully written and narrated. I have no clue as to why it was initially given one star. I can only say, I was sad to have finished the book. I loved feeling like a close friend to Julia.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Petals on the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By V. C. Andrews
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (227)

    After several terrifying years of captivity, the three surviving Dollanganger children have found a way to escape their prison, but they have been scarred forever. Petals on the Wind follows these children into adulthood. Although they find success and fame, they are led deeper into the curse that still haunts their family. As the three struggle to lead normal lives, revenge draws them back to the one who turned the key in the lock so long ago.

    Alicia says: "So Bad it's Good?"
    "Good book but sad. Read with caution"
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    Where does Petals on the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not my favorite but not my least favorite either


    Would you be willing to try another book from V. C. Andrews? Why or why not?

    Not if they're as sad as this one.


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

    Personable characters,


    If you could take any character from Petals on the Wind out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Paul because he seems to be the most sincere character.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very well written story with complex situations and dynamic characters. However, the sad parts of the story significantly overwhelm the happy moments. So much so that, if you're like me and get wrapped up in novels, you may feel emotionally drained by the time you get to the end. I just finished this book today and thinking back on it as I write this review, all that comes to mind is how heartbreaking the majority of this story was. Unlike its prequil Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind does not have a hopeful ending which is unfortunate since there is so much turmoil and woe for multiple characters in the body, it would have been nice if it could have at least ended on a high note.But if you're the type that can objectively read a book without feeling everything the characters feel than you'll probably really like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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