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Ann

Chapel Hill, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 71 titles in library
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  • Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    Alexandra Fuller tells the idiosyncratic story of her life growing up white in rural Rhodesia as it was becoming Zimbabwe. The daughter of hardworking, yet strikingly unconventional English-bred immigrants, Alexandra arrives in Africa at the tender age of two. She moves through life with a hardy resilience, even as a bloody war approaches. Narrator Lisette Lecat reads this remarkable memoir of a family clinging to a harsh landscape and the dying tenets of colonialism.

    Cynthia says: "Captivating"
    "Superb, writer and narrator"
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    This is a gorgeous, sad, hilarious, very moving memoir. Fuller's parents are amazing people, and their situation is Africa is beyond imagining. Then add in Lisette Lecat and you will not be able to stop listening. This narrator is extraordinary. I generally avoid all but the authors reading their own books, but in this case I have to say I can scarely imagine even the author improving up Lecat. She must be South African, right? I mean, she has the voices & accents just pitch perfect. This is a great read. Oh, sure, it culminates in the narrator's wedding, which reminds you of just how young this writer still is. But give it to her. She's a remarkable writer--her restraint as impressive as her descriptive powers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fillets of Plaice

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Gerald Durrell
    • Narrated By Nigel Davenport
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In Corfu, Mother is given a calamitous birthday party, which starts with the hi-jacking of the icebox and ends with the entire gathering marooned on a remote and deserted beach. At a dinner party in Cameroon, uninvited guests include a green mamba, numerous geckos, and eight tree frogs. And in Bournemouth, we meet the delightful, ravishing Ursula, the Mrs Malaprop of the South Coast who bombards her gracious surroundings with outsize social gaffes.

    Ann says: "Read "My Family and Other Animals" instead"
    "Read "My Family and Other Animals" instead"
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    This is entertaining--how could it not be, with Gerald Durrell, but I disliked the narration, and so a relatively weak story got no aural support. It's really hard to find a good narrator, other than the author. I'm always looking. So far, Lisette Lecat is the only one who gets my wholehearted vote. Anyway, if it's Durrell you want, in my opinion, My Family and Other Animals is the ticket, and then you go on to the others because you can't help it; you just can't resist this crazy family. I have to say, the most impressive thing is that Gerald Durrell was 16 (or younger, was it 14?) when he got his first job, yet he completely understood how to manipulate and outmaneuver a difficult boss. Wow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiction Ruined My Family: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jeanne Darst
    • Narrated By Jeanne Darst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Jeanne Darst was born the youngest of four daughters in an old, celebrated family long past its glory days. For the early part of her life, the family survived on the memory of past generations' grandeur, and the romantic belief that Darst's father would restore that greatness with his destined career as a novelist. Within a few years, however, it was abundantly clear to everyone but him that despite the many years enslaved to the writer's craft and lifestyle, he was never going to sell a book.

    Molly says: "Hysterically funny"
    "Don't Listen to Janet Maslin"
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    This is a wonderful book, so very funny, it didn't deserve the snarky review it got in the NYT. And Darst reads it brilliantly. Worth hearing for her reading alone, but reader plus book = perfection. Hilarious and moving.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    Greg Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children's crusader, and he's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his bestselling books, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself. This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.

    D. Martin says: "Had to be written, doesn't have to be read"
    "Why Didn't Krakauer Read This?"
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    He is a good reader, and would have been infinitely preferable to the actor who read this story, putting sarcastic emphasis on all of Mortenson's made-up stuff. I hate hearing actors, unless it's a very complicated book, like Harry Potter, full of characters, each of whom need a different voice. Otherwise, we just want to hear the writer's voice. Krakauer read his first book, and read it well. This is his research, his important story. He really should have read it himself. It wouldn't have taken him very long, either. I give huge points to the writers who read their own stuff, like my personal god Mary Karr.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Liar's Club

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Mary Karr
    • Narrated By Mary Karr
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    FanB14 says: "Love Karr, This Book OK"
    "Mary Karr Walks on Water"
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    There is no better writer or reader. She is superb. I would follow her anywhere.
    Read her other memoirs, Lit, and Cherry, and wait, as I am waiting breathlessly, for her next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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