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Lorraine

La Canada, CA, USA

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  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10510)
    Performance
    (5755)
    Story
    (5798)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "A MUST READ"
    Overall

    This book takes you on a journey of soul searching for yourself. You understand the importance of a simple bite of food, the generousity of friends, the power of the universe. The character development is suberb and the narrator is what makes this book incredible. I am convinced it is better to listen to the story as opposed to reading it. I cannot imagine anyone attempting to make this into a movie since it would diminish the sheer work of ones imagination. Do yourself a favor and read/listen to it.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Allison Pearson
    • Narrated By Emma Fielding
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    The surprise hit of the year, Allison Pearson's debut novel is garnering critical and fan raves. Publishers Weekly calls I Don't Know How She Does It "delightfully fast moving...with dozens of laugh-aloud moments and many tenderly touching ones," and Booklist applauds this "compelling manifesto on the plight of working mothers that manages to be both angry and funny."

    A User says: "I Don't Know How She Does It"
    "Bland"
    Overall

    I found myself distracted by the narrator and the lack of creativity in the book. I wonder if the audio version makes it more difficult to connect? Not sure. At any rate, I did not finish it since I felt I had heard this whining before and was bored. Spend your time with another book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2594)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (340)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Sleeper"
    Overall

    I was surprised at how much the narrator added to the success of this book. I found myself easily looking forward to listening as much as possible. You can visualize the south through the authors' great writing. Very good character development and plot tension. Do not underestimate the beauty of this book. You will feel better for reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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