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Lynn

New York, New York United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 5 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (451)

    When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

    Susan C. S. says: "After the last word, went right back to beginning"
    "Very slow going"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I would have given up about a third of the way through if I was reading this book. The narration of the audio version made it possible to stick with it until the end. A fifteen year old boy is shipped off to the Canadian "outback" after his parents commit a crime in the USA.. Much of the first half of the novel deals with the lead up to the crime from the boy's point of view. Once in Canada in the second half, he tells us what happened to him there in the first six months or so in great detail. I found it all rather tedious going. Then the story skips ahead many years for a brief summing up. I have enjoyed other Richard Ford novels but this one, not so much.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Sheltering Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Bowles
    • Narrated By Jennifer Connelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (188)

    The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of 20th-century literature, a novel of existential despair that examines the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness of the desert. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) gives masterful voice to this American classic.

    Melinda says: "A Teacup Full of Sand on the Highest Dune"
    "Expats in the Sahara"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an intriguing story of two Americans who go to north Africa for adventure and lose everything. It is well narrated and each time I resumed listening, I was retransported into the strangeness of a foreign culture.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Up Above the World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Paul Bowles
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    On the terrace of an elaborate hilltop apartment overlooking a Central American capital, four people sit making polite conversation. The American couple -- an elderly physician and his young wife - are tourists. Their host, whom they have just met, is a young man of striking good looks and charm. The girl, his mistress, is very young and very beautiful. But amid the civilities and small talk, the host's casual remark to the American woman proves prophetic: "It's not exactly what you think."

    Lynn says: "Mysterious all the way through"
    "Mysterious all the way through"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Up Above the World?

    Intrigue in an exotic local always appeals to me if well written with interesting characters This novel fulfills these criteria.


    What other book might you compare Up Above the World to and why?

    Graham Greene might have written a book like this.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3523)
    Performance
    (1920)
    Story
    (1923)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Tededious going"
    Overall

    I was disappointed. First, I thought the author, Tana, was a women and the novel would have a more female perspective. Wrong on both counts. I found the entire story very slow going and fast forwarded through about 5 hours of the book. But, there was enough intrigue that I didn't abandon it so that rates at least 2 stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4507)
    Performance
    (1984)
    Story
    (1974)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Room by Emma Donoghue"
    Overall

    I rarely listen to my audiobooks as other than distraction for tedious chores like driving or housework. This story, narrated by a child's voice, was so fascinating and delightful that I listened to most of it at rest giving it my full attention. I have never read a story of long captivity followed by release and adjustment to the world told from a five year old child's point of view. The book was beautifully written, suspenseful at times, and worthy of whatever prizes it has garnered.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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