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Aimee

Silver Spring, MD, USA

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  • Suite Francaise: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Irene Nemirovsky
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes, Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    Irene Nemirovsky was arrested soon after completing the second part of Suite Francaise. Ten days later, on August 17, 1942, she died of typhus in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Her husband, Michel, perished in a gas chamber on November 6. Their daughters, Denise and Elizabeth, survived, hidden in safe houses and convents, carrying a suitcase packed with clothes, photographs, and their mother's manuscript written in tiny letters to save paper.

    Robert says: "The best book I've read all year"
    "Sweet Melancholy"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I have read in a while. The story of the author is as interesting as the book itself. In 1942, after fleeing Paris to a small town in France, the author, Irene Nemirovsky, was captured and sent to Auschwitz where she died of typhus. She left behind leaving two young daughters and a husband (who was also killed in the concentration camps). For years her daughters carried the unfinished manuscript in a suitcase as they fled the Nazis, too afraid and hurt to look at it. 60 years later, her eldest daughter published this extraordinary account of the early war years in France to wide critical acclaim. Lucid portrayals of human relationships, descriptions of dreamy landscapes turned muddy from bombs, and an incredibly poignant ability to show human nature truthfully make this a must read. Ms. Nemirovsky had the uncanny and scary ability to write with such depth and reflection about the events that were unfolding around her. Truly one of the best modern writers.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1723)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (574)

    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!!"
    "Keeps you interested"
    Overall

    This book keeps moving until the very end. it is an exciting listen--the characters are believeable and attach themselves to the reader. Although the ending is a bit disappointing, I would recommend this to pre-teens and adults who like realstic fantasy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Me a Story: Timeless Folktales from Around the World

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Amy Friedman
    • Narrated By Lauren Tom, Poppy Champlin, Rick Hall
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    From the banks of the mighty Mississippi to a sparkling stream in Kyoto, from the misty moors of Scotland to Africa's folktale forests, listeners will be transported as legendary heroes, mythical maidens, and talented tricksters weave their magic.

    Aimee says: "Enchanting for bedtime"
    "Enchanting for bedtime"
    Overall

    This is an enchanting collection read artfully by a variety of people. My girls (10 and 7) love to listen to this at bedtime. It is our special time without me having to read....

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1889)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (728)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "holds the interest of intelligent, creative kids!"
    Overall

    The narrator, Simon Jones, truly makes this intelligent and well-written book come alive. I took a peek at the text version and the many footnotes and explanations are a bit distracting to read, but Jones carries it off well and portrays the sarcastic humour perfectly. I read this because my middle school class picked it for our student book club. My students said they learned a lot of new vocabulary without feeling like they were being taught! Bravo to Stroud for holding the interest of middle school students. This book is great to listen to with your own child as well. My nine year old and I cuddled and spent together time as we listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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