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FDR

FDR

Chester, NY USA | Member Since 2011

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  • American Dervish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayad Akhtar
    • Narrated By Ayad Akhtar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (202)

    Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat's father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy.

    David says: "a complex, rewarding book"
    "Profoundly moving, brilliantly written and read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of American Dervish to be better than the print version?

    I love hearing an author read his own work, and with his experience in theater, Ayad Akhtar does a splendid job, adding so much to the written word.


    What other book might you compare American Dervish to and why?

    One of the striking things about this book is that it feels like really new - and important - territory for an American novel.


    Any additional comments?

    highly recommended! If you care about the American novel, you don't want to miss this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andy Cohen
    • Narrated By Andy Cohen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (434)

    In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog. We learn everything from which celebrity peed in her WWHL dressing room to which Housewives are causing trouble and how. Nothing is off limits - including dating.

    Kathryn says: "Really good!! :) ..."
    "got suckered into it by Peter Sagal"
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    Would you try another book from Andy Cohen and/or Andy Cohen?

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought that because it was promoted on WWDTM, there would be some substance, and insight, in this book. There is none. There is also no story, no arc, nothing even approaching the early awareness of a teenage girl's first journal. This is merely a collection of daily lists: of names, restaurants, and geography. It is painful to listen to this drivel.


    What could Andy Cohen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    had just a modicum of self-awareness. I'm guessing someone else titled it.


    What didn’t you like about Andy Cohen’s performance?

    (snore)


    Any additional comments?

    I may never forgive Peter Sagal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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