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gardena, CA, USA

  • 2 reviews
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  • 123 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The Glass Palace

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set in Burma during the British invasion of 1885, this masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh tells the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and social chaos, who goes on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest. When soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar befriends Dolly, a young woman in the court of the Burmese Queen, whose love will shape his life. He cannot forget her, and years later, as a rich man, he goes in search of her.

    Janis says: "Wonderful Family Saga Set in Burma and Malaysia"
    "I struggled to finish... enough said."

    I can appreciate the story - young boy grows up during a rough time but ends up becoming very successful, both in his business and personal life. I can even appreciate the author's ability to help you "see" the story. I feel like I got a real sense of how it was in Burma during this time. What I can't appreciate, are some of the long stretches of (seemingly) unnecessary details and conversations. I expect to have loads of details in an unabridged version, but sheesh, those details are usually helpful in telling the story. Not this time; instead I felt like there was a bunch of fluff added in. On top of that, the end read as if the author had gotten tired of writing, but still wanted to cover a 10? 20? 30? year timespan so he just threw it all out there with no clear indication of the year, or the amount of time that had passed. 2.5 stars for the idea of the story, -2.5 stars for making it sooo difficult to finish. (I actually gave up about 5 times).

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Little Black Girl Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Keith Lee Johnson
    • Narrated By Beresford Bennett

    Set in 1950s New Orleans, Little Black Girl Lost is a powerful tale filled with sex, greed, and the explosive political and social climates of an America long gone. Fifteen-year-old beauty Johnnie Wise lives her life devoted to God. But her innocence is shattered when her mother, who has been a prostitute for years, sells Johnnie's body to lecherous insurance man Earl Shamus.

    Kelly says: "The Power of the P!"
    "I should have gotten the abridged version..."

    2.5* I'll start by saying that I was really looking forward to this book, and I understand that this is fiction.. but still. On the one hand, I liked the (main) story; young girl forced into 'whoredom' refuses to settle on just being a victim. Ok, cool, great, I love it. What I didn't like was the often unnecessary (and very recurring) graphic sex. I get that men like sex, but this book just made it seem like the guys in the book were simple-minded, horny lumps of flesh. Every man that she came in contact with immediately wanted her, even when they knew nothing about her. It's as if the girl walked around with a magic sticker on her forehead that said "Don't even attempt to know or care about me", and only the guys could see it. What ever happened to character development and back story? Not to mention that some of the events in the story were way too far-fetched. I sometimes found myself rewinding & repeating to see if I had accidentally missed a birthday or something, because this young girl was doing some "grown woman stuff". Lastly, the ending didn't fit the story, and it honestly didn't make me want to pick up the next book in the series. Sorry KLJ, this one didn't do it for me. By the way, when the writer forgets their own character's name, that doesn't add to my enjoyment of the story. (Is it me, or did Robert Simmons in pt. 1 become Richard Simmons in pt. 2?? It could be my mistake).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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