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Diana

Norman, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1762)
    Performance
    (1562)
    Story
    (1551)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Amazon Customer says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Pure fun!"
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    What did you love best about The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

    Great holiday book especially for anglophiles!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve Clues of Christmas?

    Georgie and Darcy's happy ending.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wonderful narration giving a great performance of numerous characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ken Robinson
    • Narrated By Ken Robinson, Lou Aronica
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (340)

    The Element shows the vital need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about human resources and imagination. It is an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the 21st century.

    Lori says: "Think and Win!"
    "Inspirational & Educational"
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    Would you listen to The Element again? Why?

    Yes. I've already listened to it twice. There are so many interesting stories and ideas presented. Once was not enough. I'll revisit this book often for inspiration and ideas.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I appreciated the all the stories. Reading about persons that initially don't meet society's expections or molds and yet persevere & succeed in finding passion in their lives...very hopeful.


    What did you learn from The Element that you would use in your daily life?

    Affirmed my philosophy of the importance of an open mind - limitless possiblilites and new approaches to learning.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat's Table

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated By Michael Ondaatje
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (218)

    In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table” - as far from the Captain’s Table as can be - with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury.

    Amanda says: "Superb - But Not For All Readers or All Situations"
    "Interesting story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, especially if the person is a fan of the author.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I've read that Mr. Ondaatje is not big on character development. He also leaves a number of unanswered questions in the story. All of these techniques put more responsibility on the reader. In this book he points out that with art, the artists expression is not complete without the viewer. So, in this books, his writing is not complete until we, the reader, finish the story.


    What aspect of Michael Ondaatje’s performance would you have changed?

    It was an adequate performance, however I generally appreciate a narrator that uses more inflection.


    Was The Cat's Table worth the listening time?

    Yes, for me it was.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Ondaatje has a keen use of description and metaphor and I enjoyed numerous passages.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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