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  • The Time In Between: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Maria Duenas
    • Narrated By Zilah Mendoza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    The thrilling, internationally bestselling novel about a haute couture seamstress who becomes an undercover spy for the British Secret Service during World War II. #1 bestseller in Spain with more than 1.5 million copies sold, The Time In Between has taken readers by storm with its unforgettable tale of adventure, tragedy, love, and war. Readers will fall in love with MarÍa DueÑas’s dazzlingly inspiring heroine, Sira Quiroga.

    Sarah says: "terrible narration"
    "Good mix of history, mystery and fashion"
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    If you could sum up The Time In Between in three words, what would they be?

    colorful, sensual, heartfelt


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time In Between?

    The discovery that Sira had lost everything including a baby to that scoundrel.


    What three words best describe Zilah Mendoza’s voice?

    fluid, inconsistant Castellano, mispronunciations


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

    I really liked Sira's character and empathized easily with all her feelings of happiness and sadness, fear and confusion.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the story, but kept wanting to correct the mispronunciations of the reader, some in Castilian Spanish, some in French and some in English--that was distracting. For example, the c's in Palacio Nacional are both "lisped", but the s's in San Andres are not. This was inconsistent throughout.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hummingbird's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Narrated By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream, a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with the power to heal, but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the "Saint of Cabora".

    Steph says: "My New Favorite Book"
    "Genius Realismo Magico"
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    Where does The Hummingbird's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook is one of the best I've ever listened to. It has enough historical background to make it real, it is beautifully written with sensitivity and humor, the characters are sympathetic and the reading was wonderful!


    Which character – as performed by Luis Alberto Urrea – was your favorite?

    I think Tomas Urrea was my favorite-- a regular guy caught between trying to make his rancho profitable and juggling the peculiarities of his family and the "magic" they were gifted; caught between the government and private rights, between tradition and change,between education and practicality. He handled everything with grace (once he understood that he really had no choice...)


    Any additional comments?

    Luis Urrea did not only a phenomenal job of writing, but also of reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5667)
    Performance
    (1822)
    Story
    (1831)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "An excellent listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Thousand Splendid Suns the most enjoyable?

    The story was unforgettable, tragic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reader obviously knew the language and could communicate her knowledge of the place and its people easily. The story, although tragic in nature, was spell-binding and educational.


    Which character – as performed by Atossa Leoni – was your favorite?

    All the characters were believable; I had the most sympathy, of course, for Mariam.


    If you could take any character from A Thousand Splendid Suns out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I don;'t think I could take a character to dinner because I feel inadequate to their suffering, and I lack the cultural knowledge for that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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