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Loa

huddleston, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Invisible Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Orringer
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (163)

    Julie Orringer's astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family's struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

    Howard says: "The Critics Got in Right"
    "A good Historial Fiction Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Invisible Bridge the most enjoyable?

    The narrated did an excellent job of using a different speech pattern for the numerous charactors in the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andras Lévi was my favorite character because he was so full of life even face of the misery he faced. He did not loose his humor in face of the enormous hardships he faced.


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

    His narration of the book help me separate the numerous characters of the book.


    If you could take any character from The Invisible Bridge out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Andras Lévi. Andras has all the characters that I adore in a person. He was niave, brave, and had a dry sence of humor that help him face his many challenges.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left Neglected

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Sarah Paulson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (110)

    Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.

    Susie says: "Another hit for Lisa Genova"
    "A wonderful book about a little known condition"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sarah Nickerson because she takes a terrible accident to create a new and more rewarding life for herself and her family.


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

    The narrator did a very good job of revealing the emotions of each charactor in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Honolulu

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Set in the 1920s and 1930s, Honolulu explores the stark contrast between the image of the glamorous Hawaiian paradise portrayed to the mainland and the harsh reality of life on the island. With characters as vivid and richly descriptive as the history of Hawaii itself, this novel is sure to enthrall listeners.

    Jeffrey says: "Very Distracting Narrator"
    "Good Book but not as good as Maloka'i"
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    What did you love best about Honolulu?

    I love Historical Fiction and Honolulu brought to light a little know history of Hawaii in the late 19th and early 20th century.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I felt that the middle and end of the book were too long. I felt that the book should have ended long before it did. I felt that the end was wrapped up too perfectly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sandcastle Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Alison Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (185)

    When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, she has a diploma from Mount Holyoke College, a crash course in nursing, and only the most basic grasp of the Armenian language. The First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered on behalf of the Boston-based Friends of Armenia to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. There, Elizabeth becomes friendly with Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has already lost his wife and infant daughter. When Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt, he begins to write Elizabeth letters....

    Mary says: "Fast, Moving, Descriptive & Informative!"
    "An excellent book. Well written."
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    What did you love best about The Sandcastle Girls?

    I love Historical fiction and this book covers a horrific little known story. Breaking the book between current time and historical time makes the book easier to read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line of the Historical events of 1915


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell and Alison Fraser ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I thought her performance was excellent.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Sandcastle Girls and why?

    Elizabeth


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (645)

    Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

    Laura says: "It's hard to stop listening..."
    "This is a Wonderfully written book"
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    Would you listen to The Secret Life of Bees again? Why?

    Maybe, I usually do not reread or listen to books a second time but this was such a well written and enjoyable book, I would consider rereading it. The Secret Life of Bees has so much wrapped up between the covers of this book that its hard to begin to appraise it. Sue Monk Kidd has tackled the race issues of the 50 and 60s head on in this book. But she does it in such a way that the emotions and tensions of the period are revealed harmoniously. Using a young white girl to reveal the suffering of the blacks during this period is a unique and enlighting way to get her point accross.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Life of Bees?

    The most memorable moment of this book is when Lilly helps Rosaline escape from prison/hospital.


    Which character – as performed by Jenna Lamia – was your favorite?

    Rosaline was my favorite character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Linda Francis Lee
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

    Allison says: "Well-written, kept my attention"
    "A cute but shallow book"
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    What did you like best about Emily and Einstein? What did you like least?

    Emily and Einstein is a favilous book without any substance. It is a fun read but that is all.


    Has Emily and Einstein turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first performance by Dan John Miller and Cassandra Campbell that I have listened too. They did an excellence job with a very mediocre book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Santini

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (210)

    Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He's all Marine -- fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife -- beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben's got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn't give in -- not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son.

    cort says: "an excellent book"
    "A long but good read"
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    What did you love best about The Great Santini?

    Pat Conroy is the best at character development. His plots tend to go on too long and "The Great Santini" was one of the longer. I read "South of Board" and love it. It took me longer to get into "The Great Santini" but it slowly began to grow on me. I have the misfortune of knowing someone very much like the father (The Great Santini) in this book so I was able to relate to it very well. I love Conroy's ability to place you in the scenes, to understand what each of the characters are thinking and going through.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Pat Conroy? Why or why not?

    Yes. He's an excellent writer and even though his book are too wordy, they are well worth the experience.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick Hill did an excellent job portraying the voice and emotions of each of the character's of the book.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Great Santini and why?

    Mary Ann, the older sister, was the most memorable character. She was the only one who did not let her father intimidate her, maybe because she was also the one most like her father.


    Any additional comments?

    The beginning of the book is really boring and I almost didn't finish. But I was glad that I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (502)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "Wonderfully written book"
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    If you could sum up Moloka’i in three words, what would they be?

    Alan Brennert is an wonderful writer. In Moloka'i, he will bring you to tears as he weaves this heart breaking story. Most of the characters are well developed. His description of the Island of Moloka'i doing this period is excellent. This is a book that will remain with you forever.


    What does Anne Noelani Miyamoto bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her pronunciation of the Hawaian words and names was invaluable


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

    This is an extremely sad book that will bring the strongest to tears


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sister

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rosamund Lupton
    • Narrated By Juanita Mahon
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable. When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess’s disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost...

    Lynn Diener says: "Kept me guessing and kept pulling at my heart."
    "Good Read"
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    Where does Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I felt that this book was very well written. Good character development. Good mystery. Well developed plot. It wasn't a spell binding page turner but it was a very good read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story of the past was written in the present in a format of a letter to the dead sister was a unique presentation.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Look Again

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (162)

    When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops - the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she's a journalist and won't be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth.

    Elaine says: "Excellent Book"
    "Not worth reading"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I felt that this book lacked everything makes for good literature. It had a weak plot, poor character development, the author's research for the story line was not thorough. I read this book for a book club and the majority of my fellow members agreed with my assessment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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