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Donna

Plano, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26619)
    Performance
    (13261)
    Story
    (13304)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A Must Read for all Southern Women"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Help in three words, what would they be?

    The Help is true, heart-breaking and hilarious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best thing about this story to me, was the truth behind the smiling faces. I actually grew up in this Southern atmosphere and sadly still know of towns that underneath the facade of tolerance, the racism still runs deep. It is still extremely relevant.


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

    The narrators bring the flavor of the South to life. You can actually SEE them from their voices, along with the pain, humiliation, and great humor.


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

    One of the more memorable moments in the book was when a lady who had cared for children all of her life, had to walk away from a crying (bereft) white child because she had been fired for nothing. She LOVED those children, and knew she had no choice but to walk away. As she had so many times before.


    Any additional comments?

    The Help should be a must read in High School in conjunction with history. Our younger generations can't understand why African-Americans feel the way they do about our white culture. It seems this book could enlighten students of all races.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Home to Holly Springs: The First of the Father Tim Novels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    After more than 38 years, Father Tim Kavanagh returns to his childhood home of Holly Springs, Mississippi, on a profoundly personal journey. Whatever became of Tommy Noles, his forbidden childhood friend, and Peggy, the loving woman who was like his second mother? What were the facts behind the court trial that drove the Kavanagh family even further apart?

    Vickie says: "The book is wonderful as always, but....."
    "Home to Holly Springs"
    Overall

    Jan Karon always delivers a wonderful story. I have enjoyed all of the Mitford series. The change in narrator was distracting. I have come to love the soothing voice of John McDonough. He is Father Tim to me and I miss his voice in this book. I miss him and all of the characters that filled my imagination throughout the series. After that being said, it is still a heartwarming story worth either listening to or reading.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1786)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (625)

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "Fabulous Read!"
    Overall

    This book satisfies lovers of the Harry Potter series and the Chronicles of Narnia. I loved both Inkheart and Inkspell. They take you into another world and hold you enthralled!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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