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Michelle

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  • The Secret Holocaust Diaries: The Untold Story of Nonna Bannister

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nonna Bannister, Denise George, Carolyn Tomlin
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (47)

    For half a century, a terrible secret lay hidden, locked in a trunk in an attic... photos, official documents, and scraps of a diary written by a young girl. "The time has come when I must share my life story... some facts from the past that could make a contribution, however small it may be, to the history of mankind." The Secret Holocaust Diaries is a haunting eyewitness account of Nonna Lisowskaja Bannister, a remarkable Russian-American woman who saw and survived unspeakable evils as a young girl.

    Michelle says: "Sad , true story"
    "Sad , true story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The book has a realism that is riveting. It is unfortunate the author kept it secret for so long. There is so much to be learned by her story and I am sure it's length would have filled volumes. Since I listed to the audio version, I wonder if a sample of the journals the author kept are included in the book.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Holocaust Diaries to and why?

    It is comparable to Anne Frank, but of two nationalities one more persecuted that the other. Both from the childs point of view.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Gallagher – was your favorite?

    Nona the child


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was saddened that intelligent people can treat one another in such a dispicable manner for perceived or real slights.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Harriet Ann Jacobs
    • Narrated By Jean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    One of the first personal narratives written by an ex-slave, this is also one of the few written by a woman. Harriet Jacobs (1813-97) was enslaved, along with her family, in North Carolina under a ruthless master who sexually harassed her. After several failed escape attempts, and several years of hiding, she finally made her way North to freedom, where she was eventually reunited with her children. The book was published in 1861.

    Beverly E. Van Citters says: "Incredible Journey"
    "Informative Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but did enjoy the audio, it made it more real.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it gave a true picture of the best and the worst of slavery, if there was a best.


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

    The vernacular of the slave.


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

    I am not sure there is enough information for a movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1737)
    Story
    (1724)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "Janet's usual enthusiasm"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Light hearted, easy read, and entertaining


    What could Janet Evanovich have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get into Ranger and Morelli's relationship with her more, explain more what happened in Hawaii.


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All of those by Evanovich only. All great performances


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, I always laugh at Stephanie Plum and her grandmother.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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