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Joan

Lenexa, Kansas | Member Since 2007

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  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The Blue Notebook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Levine
    • Narrated By Meera Simhan
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    An unforgettable tribute to the powers of imagination and the resilience of childhood, The Blue Notebook tells the story of Batuk, a precocious 15-year-old girl from rural India who was sold into sexual slavery by her father when she was nine. As she navigates the grim realities of the Common Street - a street of prostitution in Mumbai where children are kept in cages as they wait for customers to pay for sex - Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts and stories in a diary.

    Joan says: "Thank you for opening my eyes..."
    "Thank you for opening my eyes..."
    Overall

    I just finished this and then sobbed for an hour. Thank you for reminding me that not every child grows up in a nurturing enviroment. I am empowered to do something for others, thank you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13496)
    Performance
    (5900)
    Story
    (5976)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Water for Elephants"
    Overall

    This book was by far one of the best I have ever listened to. Thank you for hours of listening entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Days in the Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Oscar-winning writer-director Max, whose star is clearly beginning to dim, wakes up the morning after the 2003 Academy Awards lying next to his lover and feeling understandably groggy from the previous evening's festivities. But this is no time for Max to lounge about and chat his way idly through a hangover. There's a houseful of guests to worry about, and they all need attention.

    A User says: "Smiley strikes out"
    "Ten Days in the Hills"
    Overall

    I was very excited about this book after a write up in my local paper. The book started great and I eagerly awaited for my walks to hear more. I'm stuck in the middle and have moved on to a new book. I became lost in where the book was going.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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