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nancy

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  • The Working Poor: Invisible in America

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David K. Shipler
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Nobody who works hard should be poor in America, writes Pulitzer Prize-winner David Shipler. Clear-headed, rigorous, and compassionate, he journeys deeply into the lives of individual store clerks and factory workers, farm laborers and sweat-shop seamstresses, illegal immigrants in menial jobs and Americans saddled with immense student loans and paltry wages. They are known as the working poor.

    nancy says: "A Must Read Book for the Middle-Class"
    "A Must Read Book for the Middle-Class"
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    Would you listen to The Working Poor again? Why?

    Yes, because there are many statistics and stories in it that I'd like to reference to others.


    What other book might you compare The Working Poor to and why?

    Ruby Payne's The Culture of Understanding Poverty


    What does Peter Ganim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a fine job at voicing the various people highlighted in the book. Consequently, it was easy to keep them apart.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part about the under-nourished children and day-care issues for working/welfare mothers was heart-rending. Shame on us for allowing this to happen in a country where we have so much.


    Any additional comments?

    The Working Poor very carefully explains the multitude of obstacles interfering with chronically poor American's inability to work their way into the middle class. Even though many of these deterrents are self-imposed, they are handicaps nevertheless. He also offers some sound solutions and inspirational programs that give a hand up and not just a hand out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Ebenezer le Page

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By G. B. Edwards
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Ebenezer Le Page, cantankerous, opinionated and charming, is one of the most compelling literary creations of the late 20th century. Eighty years old, Ebenezer has lived his whole life on the Channel Island of Guernsey, a stony speck of a place caught between England and France yet a world away from either. Ebenezer himself is fiercely independent, but as he reaches the end of his life he is determined to tell his own story and the story of those he has known.

    Kathy says: "My favorite audiobook of all!"
    "A Charming Peak Inside the Life of a Gentle Soul"
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    Ebenezer le Page tells his story from the island of Guernsey. He shares the relationships he has throughout his life, his personal points of view and experiences. It's as if he is telling you the story himself. Starting before WWI and moving through the occupation of their island during WWII, he shares what his life is like as well as those of his family. A great listen for charm and interest. The reader does an excellent job, so much so, it's hard to believe it is not Ebenezer himself spinning the story just for your benefit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (567)

    A Pushcart Prize-winning author and contributor to the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, Colum McCann is renowned for his carefully constructed character studies. No exception, Let the Great World Spin follows the fortunes of a menagerie of New Yorkers through a day in 1974 - the day of Philippe Petit's death defying tightrope walk between the newly built Twin Towers.

    Robert says: "An essential addition to your Audible library."
    "Stories and lives spun together and connecting"
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    Let the Great World Spin centers around an event in NYC that impacts many lives directly and indirectly. Each character shares his or her story which gives the reader an intimate look into his or her life at the time. As the book shifts between people, the full impact of their involvement with one another becomes more exposed. As they share their truths, you can't help but like them and respect their realities, as broken and imperfect as they are. I found myself emotionally invested in their fractured worlds and was sorry when the book wound down and I was left missing those whom I'd learned so much about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3173)
    Performance
    (2823)
    Story
    (2830)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Harold- to know him is to love him..."
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    What did you love best about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    I loved the quirky people he met and the new outlook it gives him as he wanders across England. Alongside that is his wife's own journey to better understand others, herself and her husband.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a story I could not stop talking about to others, saying you must read this charming book that I'm listening to right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7067)
    Performance
    (5016)
    Story
    (5005)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "The Sting of Slavery Revisited"
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    What did you love best about The Kitchen House?

    Grissom explores the results of the white master fathering children with his slaves. As his property expands, so too does the tangled web of relationships, jealousies and prejudices.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mama was compassionate as well as wise. Her protection of those living on all parts of the plantation seemed to be limitless.


    What about Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin ’s performance did you like?

    Often with audio books it is difficult to keep the characters separate- their performance made each voice unique and memorable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I own you, I love you, I hate you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By William David Griffith
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (161)

    Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human.

    T.K. says: "It's about time..."
    "Being a doctor is hardly a clear path to healing."
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    What made the experience of listening to Complications the most enjoyable?

    Dr. Gawande shares personal stories while weaving in details about medicine that are gripping.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make it longer! I was shocked when it ended so soon.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A surgeon's notes on an imperfect sceince.


    Any additional comments?

    Really some interesting and revealing stories as well as information. I have discussed this book several times since I listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (498)

    This 12th entry from Alexander McCall Smith’s New York Times best-selling series showcases the humanity and matchless wit that define Precious Ramotswe. While both Precious and Grace Makutsi are puzzled by prophetic dreams, life goes on at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Precious finds herself investigating a case of rural jealousy, while Grace inches closer to her wedding.

    Johnnie Walker says: "The End?"
    "Another classic Alexander McCall Smith story!"
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    If you could sum up The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party in three words, what would they be?

    Grace finally marries!


    What other book might you compare The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party to and why?

    Those in the series of the Number 1 Ladies Detective Series


    What about Lisette Lecat’s performance did you like?

    Her accent is spot on and those difficult to pronounce names just slide off her tongue.


    Any additional comments?

    Smith's gentle characters never disapoint- with enough intrigue to keep you hooked and lots of familiar characters to keep you coming back for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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