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Kathy

Forestville, CA, United States

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  • In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Vaddey Ratner
    • Narrated By Greta Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (203)

    For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood - the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father.

    Melinda says: "A Terrible Tale from A Beautiful Storywriter"
    "Such a sad story, but so beautifully written!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of In the Shadow of the Banyan to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Raami of course! The story was told through her brave little-girl eyes.


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

    Greta Lee brought just the right amount of variation in tone between characters, and narrated the exceptional prose with such tenderness.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of the children in the ditch during the storm, and the uncle's subsequent death.


    Any additional comments?

    I intend to read/listen to all of Vaddey Ratner's books... Hopefully, they aren't all a sad as this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1754)
    Performance
    (1450)
    Story
    (1444)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "I guess College in the 80's is just not my read."
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    What did you like best about The Marriage Plot? What did you like least?

    I liked the realism of the characters. I disliked the unnecessarily large amount of "College English Major" trivia.


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

    No - unless they had a special interest in College in the 80's.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Too much gender emphasis in the reading of the dialogue.


    1 of 1 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
    (5167)
    Performance
    (1397)
    Story
    (1401)

    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"
    "The cultural details were wonderful."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Thousand Splendid Suns to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Thousand Splendid Suns?

    When the two wives finally defended themselves against the abusive husband.


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

    All characters were well performed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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