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Billie Lee Orenbuch

Abington, PA, US | Member Since 2002

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  • A Dance to the Music of Time: Second Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    Sandy says: "Simon Vance is a perfect reader for " A Dance...""
    "Don't Waste Your Time"
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book would have been vastly improved by having significant female characters in the story. It would be more interesting if it weren't so extremely wordy. It would be more interesting if there were some, any significant action. There is some dry humor, but it's not worth the effort.


    What was most disappointing about Anthony Powell???s story?

    There is no way to relate to any of the characters in the story, unless you happen to share their orientation, i.e., English, older probably too old to read this now, and by all means, male.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Vance?

    Not particularly.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Dance to the Music of Time: Second Movement?

    All if them.


    Any additional comments?

    If I could I would ask to get my credits back. I have tried valiantly to read this set of books three separate times. Now, I believe I'll just delete them. They're not worth the space they take up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gathering Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (380)

    Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg, lives in a world where the weak are cast aside. She fears for her future until she is spared by the all-powerful Council of Guardians. Kira is a gifted weaver and is given a task that no other community member can do. While her talent keeps her alive and brings certain privileges, Kira soon realizes she is surrounded by many mysteries and secrets. No one must know of her plans to uncover the truth about her world and see what places exist beyond.

    Stephanie says: "Hard to stop listening!"
    "Necessary next book in Lois Lowry's series."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gathering Blue to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because that's my preference, generally.


    What other book might you compare Gathering Blue to and why?

    The Giver, Messenger and Son because they complete the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding out why Matty was missing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book was moving.


    Any additional comments?

    So glad I read the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2634)
    Performance
    (1862)
    Story
    (1902)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    far_to_go says: "Annoying music"
    "Begining of a Delightful Series"
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    If you could sum up The Giver in three words, what would they be?

    Escape, simplicity, morality


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

    The moment when the receiver finds out The Giver's name.


    Which character – as performed by Ron Rifkin – was your favorite?

    The Receiver


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Can't read this without reading the other three books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Double Bind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    When college sophomore Laurel Estabrook is attacked while riding her bicycle, her life is changed forever. She withdraws into her photography hobby and begins to work at a homeless shelter. There she meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a box of photographs he won't let anyone see. When Bobbie dies suddenly, Laurel discovers that he was once a successful photographer. As her fascination begins to merge into obsession, she becomes convinced that some of his photographs reveal a dark family secret.

    Billie Lee Orenbuch says: "Excellent Psychological Thriller"
    "Excellent Psychological Thriller"
    Overall

    The story seems to fit into what I have begun to think of as a genre written specifically for people in the field of psychotherapy. The Interpretation of Murder was also in that genre. It's a mystery with a characteristically psychological twist. Whether based on fact or fiction, it works when it's well developed, as The Double Bind is.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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