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Judith Briggs

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  • Peony in Love: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage.

    L. Swartz says: "Unusual and excellent book"
    "Peony is Boring"
    Overall

    I am sorry to have to say this, but this book was so disappointing. I loved her first book and couldn't even finish this one. It was very slow and very boring. I would not recommend this book. Hopefully, Lisa See will come back with something better like her first book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (547)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "extremely disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    i love picoult's books but perhaps her prolific writing is affecting the quality. this really took the cake. the story was so mediocre; i realize the issue is important and is good fodder for a story, and i do believe those characters exist, but they were so stereotypical!!! every one a cliche! for shame. i cannot believe she would use such generalizations to form her characters. on top of all of that, the singing was just awful. i finally had to skip through all the songs. really? what was that all about? that was a terrible idea and at the very least, could you have found a less amateur singer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodsman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gwyn Hyman Rubio
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Woodsman's Daughter is set in 19th-century rural Georgia. Dauntless teenaged beauty Dahlia is plagued by her hard-drinking father and his terrible secrets. Determined to make a better life for herself, Dalia strikes out to raise her own family. But her life is haunted by tragedy, and she is never out of reach of fate's cruel hand.

    Judith Briggs says: "The Woodman's Daughter"
    "The Woodman's Daughter"
    Overall

    One of the best books I've read this year. The reader has such a wonderful cadence, her character voices are impeccable.

    This period piece brings you to an era and a culture of southern society in post-confederate Georgia, and the main character is a young girl from a priviliged family who's characters are severely flawed. Her mother is a laudinum addict and her father is an overbearing alcoholic who's choices in life overwhelm the family as a whole. Together with her sister and her nanny, they play the most determining roles for her development into adulthood.

    It's interesting to watch the main character, Dahlia (the name just rolls off the tongue in the southern manner)grow up and take the different roads that twist and turn in life. Her choices are many and some, though disappointing to the reader, are surprisingly smart in order to assure her survival.

    There are moments of laughter, gasps and tears throughout this book. This is a must read especially if you are a beginning listener.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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