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Julie

Greenwood, IN, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Garden of Evening Mists

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tan Twan Eng
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
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    (203)
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    Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the emperor of Japan. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling seeks to engage Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister, who died in the camp.

    Susan Gardner Bowers says: "The best"
    "Wow, best listen I have had in a long time..."
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    Where does The Garden of Evening Mists rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my all-time favorites.


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

    No, but I will seek out her work from now on.


    Any additional comments?

    I never knew I was interested in Japanese gardening until now. This book, with the fabulous narration, was hypnotizing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12481)
    Performance
    (11296)
    Story
    (11322)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "So good it hurts to know it will end..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

    There is no doubt David Pittu's performance of this book adds tremedously to text. Never over the top, able to distinquish his charactors and able to capture each respectfully, he should win an award for this performace.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    I can't say since I haven't yet finished.


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    The narrator.


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

    It made me want to call in sick so I could stay home and listen. I would have, too, except then the book would have ended that much sooner.


    Any additional comments?

    I decided a quarter of the way through that this was one of my all-time favorite books. Now, halfway through, I already know I'm giong to listen to it again and again. It's a beautiful, terrible journey through someone's life that feels simultaniously incredible and all too close to home.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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