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Brenda

AURORA, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Nowhere is a Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (148)

    Nothing can mend a broken heart quite like family. Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most important, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family's past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and stubbornly reluctant to reveal its secrets. But Sherry is determined to know the full story. In a few days' time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them.

    Brenda says: "Richly textured and captivating"
    "Richly textured and captivating"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Nowhere is a Place in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, lyrical, and heartbreaking


    What other book might you compare Nowhere is a Place to and why?

    None


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

    Her compelling portrayals of a variety of African American characters across historical and geographical contexts. She outdid herself.


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

    Many moments moved me. I'd rather not spoil them for a prospective listener.


    Any additional comments?

    Bernice McFadden's writing is brilliant and sensual. She makes it easy to imagine the scenarios she creates.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2762)
    Performance
    (2381)
    Story
    (2394)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Coben has gotten waaaay too popular."
    "Letdown"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was so excited that Harlan Coben had a new book that I pre-ordered it. I wish that it had fulfilled my expectations for a suspenseful story with fascinating twists and intriguing characters instead of being a sappy, somewhat predictable romance novel with characters I didn't really care about. What a letdown.


    Has Six Years turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mainly disappointment in the author, but also frustration because I continued to listen with hopes that the book would get better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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