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Vicki

Bartlesville, Ok, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Invisible Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Orringer
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (189)

    Julie Orringer's astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family's struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

    Howard says: "The Critics Got in Right"
    "Survival and love..an engrossing listen."
    Overall

    This novel takes a moment to set the stage. Yet once it does you find yourself a jewish boy facing antisemitism in pre world war II europe.
    The subtleties of class and culture are explored. Plus the main character finds love which helps sustain him through the complex emotions and situations of the war. This is not a novel about concentration camps, but a narrative story of someone who lives, loves, and breathes during the war. His fears and longings become real to the listener. You become part of his world and can find a different edge than what one normally expects from a WWII novel. I highly reccommend this story. Please note, however, that the narrator is poorly skilled. Luckily, the story is written lively enough to compensate for this shortcoming.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7304)
    Performance
    (3849)
    Story
    (3884)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Fun and delightful book. HORRIBLE NARRATOR!!!"
    Overall

    I have read all the Sookie Stackhouse books in print version. I found them fun engaging books books with real characters and colorful dialogue. Who couldn't identify with a broke cocktail waitress just living her life? The books are a perfect light and fun summer read. HOWEVER, I purchased the audible version and was quickly dismayed. The narrator comes across as a tired poor white trash waitress. Not the lively Sookie. Plus, the narrator does not sound like a Louisiana native to me. The audible version was a big dissapointment. Just read the books. It is much more enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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