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Jan

The Woodlands, TX, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 291 titles in library
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  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (705)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I loved Oryx and Crake so had high hopes. But most of the content occurs before the "big event", not after. So it's more about a near-term futuristic world than a post-apocalyptic one. And the songs are, respectfully, dreadful. There are 6 or 7 of them, and after listening to one I skipped through the rest. Truly awful. In between these and the gratuitously graphic scenes of violence and pornogrpahy was a story-line that compelled me to want to keep listening. But in the end it would have been just as well not to have started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1613)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (533)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    John says: "Very Pleased"
    "Magical"
    Overall

    Loved this book. A wonderful taste of a woman's life in another place and time. We were closer to nature, for better and for worse. Simple pleasures, surpassing joys, fascinating mysteries, mythological answers to life's great questions, surviving and grieving through life's hardships without self-pity. Life was less focused on the self and more focused on the rhythm of life itself. A beautiful opportunity for transformation.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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