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Eileen

Long Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Zeitoun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (329)

    When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

    Darwin8u says: "Something bold, ebullient, yet quiet"
    "Food for thought"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Well, after I read it, I definitely would have. But I have since read that the main character was arrested for beating his wife, and I wonder if the whole story was a sham.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Regardless of whether the main character was accurately portrayed, the story made me realize how vital our legal intrastructure is, and how we have to have emergency preparedness to make sure people's rights are respected during disasters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell, Ebba Segerberg (translator)
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier, Mozhan Marno, Annie Henk, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    International best-selling author Henning Mankell' s books have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. In The Shadow Girls, author/poet Jesper Humlin struggles under the pall of a frustrating life. Everything from his personal relationships to his professional pursuits to his finances seems to be failing miserably. Then Jesper happens across a group of young immigrant girls and their stories of hardship and perseverance transform his outlook on life.

    Eileen says: "Not his best"
    "Not his best"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend to a friend because there are too many other books I liked better than this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character's 87-year-old mother was a real kick. She did and said what she liked.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the main character realized what his mother did for a living.


    Did The Shadow Girls inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to feel guilty.


    Any additional comments?

    When I finally realized what the book was really about, I was about a third through it, and it was sure tedious getting there. The main character is no Kurt Wallander, but he eventually shines through with admirable qualities. Overall, I think Mankell was preaching to the reader. The story is exquisitely sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (1578)
    Story
    (1574)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Judi says: "Disappointing and slow"
    "It's okay, but not as good as previous in series"
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    Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

    I will read future DeMille books, but this one is not among his best. The story was strained and tedious, although John Cory's humor is just as much fun.


    Would you recommend The Panther to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have already told a few friends not to bother with this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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