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Shannon

CHRISTIANSBURG, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1014)

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Jay says: "A Beautiful Story"
    "One Should Be Kinder Than Needed"
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    What did you love best about Wonder?

    I loved the beautiful, honest, truthful storytelling. I felt the character's thoughts and actions were well developed as children on the cusp of adulthood.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wonder?

    The standing ovations---at Oliva's play and at August's graduation.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. The only problem with the narration was the way August's character was voiced. He sounded much younger than he was. Overall, the narration was very good!


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

    Yes, I laughed and I cried. I finished the book yesterday, and I am still emotionally engaged with it!


    Any additional comments?

    A great read, for adults and young adults. This book has encouraged me to live my life with more kindness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (833)
    Story
    (838)

    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

    Elisabeth says: "Like peeping through your fingers at a car wreck"
    "So crazy.....can't believe it's a memoir!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutley, and I already have (friend really enjoyed the audiobook also)! The story is engaging, engrossing, funny, sad, heartbreaking, and encouraging, and I just wanted to keep listening to hear what happened next!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the author would pick herself up after every disappoint, and tackle life again.


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

    She wrote the book, and she reads it perfectly. She adds humor when need, sadness when needed......she sets the tone perfectly.


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

    Yes...I laughed! A lot. Sometimes in shock at what the family went through, sometimes at the funny situations Jeannette found herself in.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great read, I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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