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Paula Solomon

She Who Reads

California

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
11

  • Ann Patchett Interview

    • ORIGINAL (14 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    In this interview, best-selling author Ann Patchett talks about her most recent novel, Run. She discusses her inspiration for the book, her writing process, and one of the constant themes in her works: what our relationship is to strangers and how we are all connected in a greater family.

    Paula Solomon says: "Better wirter than interviewee"
    "Better wirter than interviewee"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Ann Patchett and/or the narrator?

    Love her books, the interview irritated me. I found her self agrandizing and annoying.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ann Patchett Interview?

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    Any additional comments?

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World We Found

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Thrity Umrigar
    • Narrated By Soneela Nankani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Best-selling author and PEN and Beyond Margins Award finalist Thrity Umrigar’s acclaimed novels “resonate with rich prose and vibrant depictions of India” (Booklist). In The World We Found, Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta - once friends at the University of Bombay - reconnect 30 years later when Armaiti is diagnosed with cancer. Coming together, all four women are forced to reexamine their lives.

    Paula Solomon says: "Almost. not quite"
    "Almost. not quite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The World We Found in three words, what would they be?

    It took me a while to get into the nook; I found the writing more " telling" me than showing me about the characters, but then I became engaged. I liked the characters, the plot was okay but a bit trite. The writing was spotty, very predictable and cliché ridden at times. The ending was too predictable and too tired. I was very hopeful in the middle of the book that I'd like it the rest of the way through but the ending let me down.


    Did Soneela Nankani do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The characters were the best part of the novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (852)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (319)

    Considered by some to be the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina contains two plots: the tragedy of Madame Karenina, in love with a man who is not her husband; and the story of Konstantine Levin, a sensitive man whose personal philosophy is Tolstoy's reason for writing about him.

    D. Littman says: "A classic, classically read"
    "Lousy audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Great novel, poor recording.


    What didn’t you like about Nadia May’s performance?

    This recording is a transfer from a cassette tape. There are echoes, times when the tape recording is stretched and at least one place where the new cassette is announced. It is not the quality I expect from audible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackjack

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lee Singer
    • Narrated By Janean Jorgensen
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Her home shop stood like a bright dwarf among dead giants and burned rubble at the western end of the old strip. The old ones, Harvey's and Caesar's and Harrah's, had been built for a bigger tourist trade. They'd been built for a massive power grid, too. Those still standing were dark, left to crumble, the casinos closed. She wished she could either get them up and running again or just tear the damned things down like they'd tried to do in Vegas before they ran out of workers.

    Mark K. Anduss says: "Lasers and casinos"
    "LMF"
    Overall

    Lee Singer Pseudonym for Shelley Singer and Rochelle Singer is lacking in moral fiber. The lack of depth in her books is matcehd by the lack of depth in her as a person.
    Don't bother.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22822)
    Performance
    (9478)
    Story
    (9551)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Good story, fun characters"
    Overall

    Good read, has its holes and its leaps but the characters are fun and the plot interesting.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary Pipher
    • Narrated By Kymberly Dakin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In Seeking Peace, Mary Pipher tells her own remarkable story, and in the process reveals truths about our search for happiness and love. While her story is unique, "the basic map and milestones of my story are universal," she writes. "We strive to make sense of our selves and our environments." In Seeking Peace, she recounts how she tried to achieve that.

    Paula Solomon says: "Self talking to Self"
    "Self talking to Self"
    Overall

    Mary Pipher has had an interesting persepctive on American culture and its impact on our psychoogical growth. About her personal growth however she lacks perspective. This book is redundant, self absorbed, self pitying, and is not related to its title.
    Pipher needed a therapist to help her come to terms with her history and the self image that resulted from it. When she had a "polite breakdown" she instead beacme her own therapist. That's about as wise an idea as being your own attorney. With no one but herself to toss around thoughts ideas and felings they don't get resolved, only re-lived perhaps chewed and regurgitated. This was personal memoir in need of a therapist. Not for publication.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Drown

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    With 10 stories that move from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey, Junot Diaz makes his remarkable debut. Diaz's work is unflinching and strong, and these stories crackle with an electric sense of discovery.

    Absinthe says: "Latino literature at its best!"
    "Jumbled mess"
    Overall

    This book was in dreadful need of a good editor and it didn't find one. It uses Spanish words not familiar to many, without explanation, the plot shifts arbitrarily and the narratives are contradictory from one chapter to the next. It has some redeeming qualities as a sociocultural exploration but i can't recommend it.

    6 of 25 people found this review helpful

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