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Bev S. Weiler

Inveterate Reader

Broomfield, CO | Member Since 2008

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  • 69 ratings
  • 233 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2006)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (925)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Wow! What a book! What a narrator!!"
    Overall

    This was one of the best books I've heard since The History of Love. The narration was spot on (except for perhaps when speaking a couple of the Japanese phrases, but this may have been intentional). Feodor Chin's ability to vary his voice across the years and for each of the characters, not only in tone and accent, but in the more subtle matters of "how" something would be said, made listening to this book a rare pleasure. Jamie Ford's writing is crisp, engaging, and insightful. It allows the listener/reader into a world seldom seen by outsiders, and events of our nation's history that are still rarely spoken about. The diverse cast of characters is three-dimensional and believable, and Ford skillfully avoids stereotypical portrayals and easy solutions to diffucult issues. The book is already on order to join my hardback collection, but I will keep the audiofiles with the very short lists of books worth another listen.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Just Wanna Testify: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pearl Cleage
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Atlanta’s West End district has always been a haven and home to a coterie of unique characters - artists and thinkers, dreamers and doers. Folks here know one another’s names, keep their doors unlocked, and look out for their neighbors. Anyone planning to sell drugs, vandalize, or rob a little old lady should think twice before hitting this part of town. And Blue Hamilton, West End’s unofficial mayor and longtime protector, will see to it that you do. Blue wears many hats here. Blue is also the man you pay your respects to if you’re looking to set up shop in this urban enclave....

    Bev S. Weiler says: "Never disappointed in Pearl Cleage before, but..."
    "Never disappointed in Pearl Cleage before, but..."
    Overall

    First let me say that I LOVE Pearl Cleage's writing. I've read or listened to everything she has written--often more than once. I was so excited to see a new book by Ms. Cleage that I downloaded this one without a second thought. However, I can't even make it past the first half hour of this book. The characters in Cleage's Atlanta have always been real to me, but this flight into the world of fantasy and not-of-this-world creatures was a bit too much. It isn't that I don't occasionally like books along those lines (though not often), but it is neither what I expect from this author nor what I value in her writing. Overall, if you are a Cleage fan, don't expect this to be like anything she's done before, and if you're not but like stories about fantastical beings in the "real" world, then this might be the book for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seen It All and Done the Rest

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Pearl Cleage
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The toast of Europe, Josephine Evans had spent 30 years abroad establishing her reputation as one of the finest actresses of her generation. In Amsterdam, she redefined who and what an African American diva could be, and her legions of loyal fans loved her for it. But when a war she didn't even understand suddenly makes her the target of angry anti-American protests, Josephine is forced to return to America to see if she can find a new definition of home.

    Ladonna says: "as good as it gets"
    "Pearl Cleage and Robin Miles--What a great mix!"
    Overall

    Pearl Cleage, one of my favorite authors, has done it again with "Seen it All, Done the Rest." Her characters are real, three-dimensional, and believable, and Robin Miles' narration is engaging, varied, and best of all, the characters are easily distinguishable. The mix between these two women's amazing talents makes you care about the author's characters, and want to hear more of their voices personified by the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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