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J Leeth

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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27647)
    Performance
    (14236)
    Story
    (14290)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "I remember"
    Overall

    Growing up in Alabama in the 60s, I remember so much of what this book is about. My family had a "housekeeper" who came one day a week, but I sense she felt much the same way as the characters in the book. I hope our family was one of the "good families". This book captures the tone and the struggles of this time in history in way that is riveting and enlightening. This is the first audio book I have reviewed, even though I probably have read at least 40 over the past couple of years. I recommend this listen and know I learned a few things while listening to this excellent book. The narrators are the best I have ever heard and have made this book even better to listen to than to read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune Cookie

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (278)

    It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

    Paula says: "Grand, Delightful, Wonderful Story!"
    "Always a good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Bryce Courtenay is my favorite author; I am so sad that he will be writing no more books. Fortune Cookie is another great listen. Characters are interesting and situations they get into are unpredictable. I am always sad when Courtenay books end - it like the listener becomes part of the family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (634)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "Fannie Flagg has another great book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion the most enjoyable?

    Set in the south, I loved Lenore's accent and sayings. She is like a number of older women I knew growing up in Alabama. Fannie's narration is spot on. I came to love Sookie and also Fritzi.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion?

    Sookie's adventures with the psychiatrist.


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

    Her narration is great and captured the accents of the different people perfectly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Adventures of a proper Southern Belle.


    Any additional comments?

    My audible download has some repetition. When the book ended, my iPod showed there was another 1:45 left. Unfortunately it was repeated materiel. I was so disappointed since I thought I was in for some more fun times with Sookie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (468)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "A subject to avoid..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I can't say I enjoyed this book, but I am very glad it listened to it. The subject matter of Alzheimer's is an uncomfortable one. Having known people who suffer with this difficult disease, I gained insight into what goes on in their head. I think what surprised me most was that as Alice's disease progressed, she seemed happier even though she couldn't identify even her family and couldn't remember things. She began to respond to the love of those around her. Reader sounded a little younger than I would have expected Alice to sound.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Joy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (627)

    In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

    Maida says: "Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    I enjoy learning about other cultures as well as history. Dreams of Joy pulls you in and never lets go. Unexpected twists and turns of the plot, all the while learning the history of China under Mao is captivating. I have also listened to Shanghai Girls which is the prior novel and would probably recommend listening to it first. I highly recommend these two listens - great author and great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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