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Hollyn Chase

Redding, CA United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 168 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (402)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Lynn says: "Authentic and Compelling"
    "Good--but I wanted Wonderful"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I bought the book because I thought the concept intriguing. I liked it--but I didn't love it.


    Would you recommend Tell the Wolves I’m Home to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have a segment of friends that might enjoy this novel as much, or perhaps more than I did. And another segment that I would not recommend this book to at all.


    What aspect of Amy Rubinate’s performance would you have changed?

    She did a good job.


    Was Tell the Wolves I’m Home worth the listening time?

    yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (558)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Hank Reads! says: "Completely absorbing!"
    "Perhaps a better read than a listen . . ."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No. I would recommend that they read this. The author flips back and forth in different time periods as well as different points of view making it very hard to follow. I had to go sit in Barnes and Noble and read through the book for an hour to make the story really comprehensible. Sometimes I think the best books for audio are first person narratives, or at least stories told in a linear fashion. Maybe literary fiction novels with multiple threads are best left to the reader. That said, I'm glad I made the effort. It was a wonderful book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All the Light We Cannot See?

    Marie hiding from her German antagonist during the bombing.


    Have you listened to any of Zach Appelman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's very good.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1020)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (867)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Melinda says: "Heavy in My Heart"
    "Disappointing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have enjoyed several of Louise Erdich's novels. This is the least of them. I was not engaged until almost one third of the way into the book. If not for Erdich's reputation I might not have continued on. The plot did pick up mid-way through, but in the end, I was still disappointed.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found the narrators stilted diction stereotypical and annoying.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This might make a good movie. maybe.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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