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Marty

Anna Maria, FL, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 614 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2361)
    Performance
    (2091)
    Story
    (2077)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "So disappointed in the narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up And the Mountains Echoed in three words, what would they be?

    Good Story Hard listen


    What other book might you compare And the Mountains Echoed to and why?

    Didn't get that far in the book - gave up due to the poor narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't know why Hosseini felt the need to create an unnatural and slurred way of speaking as he read his story. His own voice or another's narration would have been much preferred. I have decided not to continue with the Audible listening and instead find a copy of the book to read. Very disappointing. I had the same problem with Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver's book ,where she read her own story - sometimes having the author read their works is just not a good idea. I wish Audible would pay more attention to this matter.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get a refund on this purchase

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc.

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Delia Ephron
    • Narrated By Meg Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    In Sister Mother Husband Dog, Delia Ephron brings her trademark wit and effervescent prose to a series of autobiographical essays about life, love, writing, movies, and family. From keen observations on modern living, the joy of girlfriends, and best-friendship, to a consideration of the magical madness and miracle of dogs, to haunting recollections of life with her famed screenwriter mother and growing up the child of alcoholics, Ephron's eloquent style and voice illuminate every moment of this superb and singular work.

    Jen says: "AHHHHHHH - Just wonderful!!!"
    "Meg Ryan is too perky of a narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sister Mother Husband Dog to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sister Mother Husband Dog?

    I couldn't finish it. Got tired of the perky narration


    What three words best describe Meg Ryan’s performance?

    too lighthearted


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to Delia Ephron being interviewed on Fresh Air which is what sold me on buying her book. I think she would have been a better narrator. Meg would do well narrating children's books of a lighthearted or silly nature.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Girl Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Barbie Probert-Wright
    • Narrated By Anne Dover
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The extraordinary true story of surviving the unimaginable … In 1945, seven-year-old Barbie and her sister Eva were trapped, terrified, in wartorn Germany. With their father missing, and hundreds of miles from their mother, news of the approaching army left them confronted with an impossible choice: to face invasion, or to flee on foot.Eva, aged nineteen, was determined to find her mother.

    Melissa says: "First part great, got bored at end."
    "ANOTHER POIGNANT MEMOIR"
    Overall

    I have found myself drawn to memoirs written by Europeans during the time of WW 2. Strong family ties, loyalty and dependence on one another marks all of the stories. This one in particular touched my heart as a little girl and her older sister make their way through war torn Germany.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Family Is All I Have

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Helen-Alice Dear
    • Narrated By Anne Dover
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Helen-Alice Dear was only 15 when she left London to visit Bulgaria on a family holiday in 1937. Just weeks after her arrival, she found herself unable to leave and struggling to survive in an increasingly hostile and terrifying environment. Her marriage to a Bulgarian man bore her four children but they were often homeless, cold and hungry. Despite these hardships, Helen refused to give up hope and bravely managed to protect and raise her family.

    Marty says: "Beautiful & honestly written memoir"
    "Beautiful & honestly written memoir"
    Overall

    This is one of the best memoirs I have listened to. The life story of a remarkable woman who left England as an adolescent with her mother and brother to visit their grandmother in Austria. It is tempting to tell more of her story but I do not want to be spoiler for the next listener of this intriguing, heart wrenching and yet heart warming story. I would give this 6 stars if I could!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Quiet Belief in Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By R. J. Ellory
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    In 1939 in the small, rural community of Augusta Falls, Georgia, 12-year-old Joseph Vaughan learns of the brutal assault and murder of a young girl, the first in a series of killings that will plague the community over the next decade. Joseph and his friends are determined to protect the town from the evil in their midst and they form "the Guardians" to watch over the community.

    Patricia says: "One my Top 5 Audio listens of all time."
    "Repetitious and longwinded"
    Overall

    This would have been an excellent book if the ruminations and inner dialogue of the protagonist had been cut by about 2/3. I found this aspect of the book repetitious and exhausting. I stayed with it only because I was curious as to how this murder mystery would turn out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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