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Joanne

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Aspinwall, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1595)
    Performance
    (1423)
    Story
    (1436)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Writing, Mediocre Romance"
    "Interesting premise"
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    Are angels the good guys & devils bad? How does one end a war that has gone on for generations? The story has a one-true-love aspect to it in a somewhat Romeo & Juliet twisted way. I did keep wondering where it was going to go next, but sometimes found the pacing a bit drawn out & dawdling like a romance novel. The author had a lovely voice, but she sometimes pronounced classical literature words in a way that was new to me. Overall I give it a three out of 5 stars, like but not love.

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  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3973)
    Performance
    (2833)
    Story
    (2827)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "It's all about the Amazon"
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    The first half of the book was a slog. I kept waiting for something to happen as I had read so many good reviews. Patchett uses the Fitzgerald-Gatsby technique of having the focal character Dr. Swenson not show up until part way through the book, while the other characters all discuss and describe her before we, the reader-listener, meet her. The book really kicked into gear once main character Marina Singh goes down the Amazon with companions Annick and Easter to their jungle home. The second half of the book made getting through the slog very worthwhile. The ending twisted in some delightfully unexpected and expected ways, just like the dark, mysterious Amazon River itself. So skim the first half of the book, but definitely read/listen to and enjoy the second half of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    Overall
    (4370)
    Performance
    (1851)
    Story
    (1841)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "The Child's View"
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    Five year old Jack is a very compelling narrator giving the listener a description of the world--room--he and his mother share. For Jack this is "normal", but not for his mother as she is aware of what lies beyond "door". The book also delves into the mother-child relationship, causing tears in my eyes when one mother tells another that for a mother photos are not necessary to remember all the stages/memories of a child's life. Listened to this audio book twice in a row as I found myself missing Jack's voice and wanting to rehear his and his mother's story told again.

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