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Stacy

Waterville OH, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rosemary Mahoney
    • Narrated By Rosemary Mahoney
    Overall
    (14)
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    (12)
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    Rosemary Mahoney tells the story of Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind in Tibet, and of Sabriye Tenberken, the remarkable blind woman who founded the school. Fascinated and impressed by what she learned from the blind children of Tibet, Mahoney was moved to investigate further the cultural history of blindness. As part of her research, she spent three months teaching at Tenberken's international training center for blind adults in Kerala, India, an experience that reveals both the shocking oppression endured by the world's blind, as well as their great resilience.

    Stacy says: "A Dispatch from a Person who is Blind"
    "A Dispatch from a Person who is Blind"
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    I found this book disappointing on many levels. First, the author’s perceptions of blindness were dramatic, histrionic and bordered on the ridiculous. Her insistence that living as a person who is blind would be a fate worse than death was often repeated during the first half of the book. The author’s frequent descriptions of the eyes of the blind people she met in developing countries and her numerous depictions of their blindisms were distressing and insulting. The author relied heavily on quotes from, mostly, historical sources and I felt as though her writing reflected many of these antiquated beliefs and perceptions. Perhaps, the author accurately described mannerisms, behavior patterns and visual appearance for people who are blind in developing countries, but very little of what she described has been my experience as a person who is blind in the U.S. I believe it was the author’s intent to paint a portrait of strong and determined people who, despite their blindness, have overcome great adversity, but at the end of the book, I still felt as though the author was marveling at how accomplished blind people could be as if they were freaks in a zoo—completely set apart from the sighted world. I have never in my life felt up people I don’t know and the idea of touching a person’s face is beyond repulsive to me. I don’t hold hands with my friends or constantly feel the need to touch people and objects in my environment. For all my life, I have worked to eradicate antiquated and romanticized stereotypes about people who are blind and this book highlighted the stereotypes I find most offensive. If this author’s perceptions of blindness are held by more than an ignorant and fearful minority, there is far more education that needs to be done. I am a self-confident and independent woman who lives a happy, healthy and active life. I have a master’s degree and have a job that I love and do quite well. My blindness has always been just another aspect of who I am—like having blonde hair, a petite stature, having a snarky sense of humor and being a voracious reader. Blindness has never defined me and I don’t spend much time dwelling on it as I live my life. I believe that the book was supposed to leave me feeling optimistic and amazed by the resiliency of blind people. Instead, I am left with a painful, hollow ache deep in my soul and the hope that the countless people I encounter do not view me in the same way the author views people who are blind. If you are interested in learning what it is like to be blind in the 21st century instead of in the 18th century and earlier, I would recommend you give this book a pass and buy something that is more relevant to 2014.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (409)
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    (408)

    He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

    Robbie says: "Imagine My Joy!"
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    Would you listen to The Prince of Midnight again? Why?

    I don't often reread books, but every so often, I do. I read The Prince of Midnight years ago and I was overjoyed when I learned it was coming to Audible. The plot is compelling and Leigh and S. T. are wounded and interesting--a refreshing change from so many historical romances with near perfect characters. Nicholas Boulton is an amazing narator and he brought the characters to life. This will definitely be a reread for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Prince of Midnight?

    There were so many. Leigh's introduction to horse training, the scene with S. T. and the rose in Leigh's cousin's garden and of course, the memorable epilog. :)


    Which character – as performed by Nicholas Boulton – was your favorite?

    S. T. very seductive.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was wonderful from first to last. Leigh and S. T. are both flawed and far from perfect. The characters are far more interesting as a result. If you enjoy books with intense, suspenseful sexy plots and richly developed characters, this book is well worth a credit. Nicholas Boulton is an amazing narrator and he brought the characters to life. He has quite a talent for the various accents in the story and the way the villain almost sang some of his dramatic lines was one of my favorite things about the audiobook.
    If you are tired of all the historical romances that take place in the midst of a London season, you’ll enjoy the refreshing change of scene in this book. I’m overjoyed that more of Laura Kinsale’s books will soon be coming to Audible.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1664)
    Performance
    (1056)
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    (1059)

    Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

    Robbie says: "Enjoyable read"
    "fabulous book, flat narration."
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    I am very glad I read "Covet" before it came to Audible. As always, J. R. Ward delivers an action-packed sexy story with an interesting premise and intriguing characters. I was thrilled that two of the brothers made appearances and I liked getting to know characters who only had a minor role in the BDB books.
    I was extremely disappointed when I discovered that Jim Frangione wasn't the narrator. Eric Dove's rather unemotional narration really detracted from the story. He gave Vin diPietro a strange accent that made me squirm with discomfort every time Vin talked. Because of this, it took me well over a month to listen to the entire book.
    If you are already a J. R. Ward fan, the lack-luster narration probably won't scare you away, but if this is the first audio book you've experienced by J. R. Ward, I highly recommend that you read her Black Dagger Brotherhood series before reading Covet.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Dance with the Devil: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (543)

    "They say even the most damned man can be forgiven. I never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to me and made this feral beast want to be human again. Made me want to love and be loved. But how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?"

    Stacy says: "Dance With the Devil"
    "Dance With the Devil"
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    At long last, Zarek's story is on audible! This is my favorite book in the Dark Hunter series--followed closely by Acheron. The plot drew me in immediately and even though I've read this book several times, Fred Berman's narration added depth and emotion. I must admit to feeling an innitial stab of disappointment when I discovered that Holter Graham wasn't reading Zarek's story, However within minutes, Fred Berman made me forget all my objections. Not only does he give Zarek a rather sexy accent, but his emotional and intense naration brought the characters to life.
    Zarek is the quintessential dark and tortured hero and Astrid's strength and courage are the perfect complement. Zarek's story touched my romantic's heart.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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