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selena

Pamplin, VA, United States

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  • Love and Other Impossible Pursuits

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayelet Waldman
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    For Emilia Greenleaf, life is by turns a comedy of errors and an emotional minefield. Yes, she's a Harvard Law grad who married her soul mate. Yes, they live in elegant comfort on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But with her one-and-only, Jack, came a stepson, a know-it-all preschooler named William who has become her number one responsibility every Wednesday afternoon.

    Sandra L. Jacob says: "Heart breaking, hopeful, and brilliant writing."
    "Good story"
    Overall

    This was a good story about marriage and motherhood, especially for us neurotic women - gave me something to relate to. The story was very good but some of the bits became rambling, but they helped to define the idiosyncrasies of the characters so they we worth getting thought most times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (313)

    Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

    Catherine says: "An Amazing Story & Narration"
    "AMAZING story"
    Overall

    I grabbed this one as a last second deal, and glad I did. The fact that it's a true story made it worthwhile. Just to get the perspective of an educated Jewish woman during the war was eyeopening, especially for a non-Jew.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weird Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eleanor Brown
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (223)

    There is no problem that a library card can't solve. The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other.

    Sabrina says: ""I am not bound to please thee with my answers.""
    "Just ok, nothing special"
    Overall

    It was a decent book, not much depth really. I would not really recommend it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Night Road

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (417)
    Story
    (422)

    For 18 years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows - her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy - until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss.

    selena says: "Took awhile to get into but worth it"
    "Took awhile to get into but worth it"
    Overall

    I understand why one reviewer would say it's geared toward teenagers except for the mothers perspective and depth of loss would be too much for a younger person to relate to. It took a bit to get into, but the author takes her time to develop the intricacies and inner turmoils of the relationships with the characters so once the true drama begins you are so familiar with them that it was worth going thru.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10942)
    Performance
    (6959)
    Story
    (6991)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "A-MA-ZING!!!!"
    Overall

    I was a it apprehensive about this book because it was a war story, and I thought it was a novel, I had no idea going into it (or until half way through) that it was a true story! It seemed so factual that I had to google Zamperini to see if it was true. This story is so amazing, showing the true strength of the human soul - that I couldn't get it out of my head. This would make an amazing movie.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13106)
    Performance
    (5552)
    Story
    (5618)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Fantastic story and amazing narrator"
    Overall

    I was son enraptured with this story i constantly found myself daydreaming about the circus and looking forward to getting in may car every chance I could to listen. And I was sad when it was over, I wanted it to go on forever. The story was unique and intense and the narrator for young Jacob was amazing and made it riveting. He did the characters such justice that the actors for the upcoming film have big shoes to fill (especially Robert Pattinson, I don't have much faith that he can pull it off).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Liz Welch, Amanda Welch, Dan Welch, and others
    • Narrated By Various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Well, 1983 certainly wasn't boring for the Welch family. Somehow, between their handsome father's mysterious death, their glamorous soap-opera-star mother's cancer diagnosis, and a phalanx of lawyers intent on bankruptcy proceedings, the four Welch siblings managed to handle each new heartbreaking misfortune in the same way they dealt with the unexpected arrival of the forgotten-about Chilean exchange student - together.

    selena says: "Wonderful story of family bond"
    "Wonderful story of family bond"
    Overall

    This story is an emotional roller coaster and extremely well executed with the multiple narrators. I found my self crying, laughing or gasping thorough most of the story. I just wish there was more of a "where are they now" final chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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