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Vicki

SILVER SPRING, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Brooklyn: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Colm Tóibín
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (105)

    It is Enniscorthy in the southeast of Ireland in the early 1950s. Eilis Lacey is one among many of her generation who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn to a crowded boarding house. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life - until she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness.

    A. Cohen says: "Maturing in Brooklyn"
    "A Pleasant Journey"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Brooklyn was a good book to listen to and time well spent for me. It is well read, keeps your attention and the story flows nicely. I wanted a "book on tape" specifically so I could listen while driving, walking and doing chores. The simplicity of the story allowed for continuous listening (no rewinding needed) - it was good company.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Colm Tóibín? Why or why not?

    I would likely try another book by this author when I am looking for another pleasant journey instead of an obstacle course or roller coaster ride. Although it would be nice to hear a story with a little more development.


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

    The reader brought the main character to life with her soft tone, directness and slight accent.


    Did Brooklyn inspire you to do anything?

    I read Brooklyn for a book club and it prompted a lot of discussion about the two different cultures, how the world and role of women changed, or not during that time period. If anything it inspired a desire to know more, see more character and story development.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (497)

    The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

    Brooks says: "A Masterpiece"
    "couldn't stop listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Winter's Bone?

    the author makes you feel like you are right there in the scene witnessing all the sights, senses and emotions of each character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    no matter how bad things looked, you had faith that things were going to be ok


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but it was a good reading


    Who was the most memorable character of Winter's Bone and why?

    the main character - so mature and street-wise but still young and innocent and determined to make a home and


    Any additional comments?

    have family in Appalachian country - this story sheds light on a life deep in the hills and hollows that most people never see or hear about. it's simple, sad, heart breaking and sometimes beautiful and redeeming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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