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Beverly D. Brassfield

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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13676)
    Performance
    (6065)
    Story
    (6145)

    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!!"
    "I Love This Book"
    Overall

    It has been several months since I listened to this book and it is still in my head. I rooted for the young Jacob traveling with the circus as much as I ached for the old Jacob who was relegated to uselessness in a nursing home. I thought the ending was perfect and if I'm ever in a nursing home, I hope the circus comes to town.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • House of Sand and Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Andre Dubus III, Fontaine Dollas Dubus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (170)

    In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.

    Lisa says: "Astounding characterizations, and wonderfully read"
    "Disturbing"
    Overall

    This book is a very realistic look at self-centered bigotry and it's consequences. I kept hoping for some sort of compromise that would lead to a happy or at least satisfying ending for each of the characters and all I got was a dose of reality. While I was able to alternately sympathize with and despise all of the main characters, I felt the author's sympathies were slightly tilted toward one side. The situation was painted as impossible, but the only thing that made it impossible was the character's unwillingness to see anyone else's point of view. The narration was acceptable but didn't stand out as adding a great deal to the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred and Profane: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (130)

    Los Angeles Police Detective Peter Decker had grown very close to Rina's young sons, Sammy and Jake, as he had to their mother, and he looked forward to spending a day of his vacation camping with the boys. A nice reprieve from the grueling work of a homicide cop - until Sammy stumbles upon a gruesome sight.

    Sheryl says: "Do not listen to in the car with children!"
    "Teach The Narrator to Read"
    Overall

    I liked the background and plot of the book, but the music at the end and beginning of some chapters was distracting. Even more distracting was the narration. Often, narrators can add a lot to the story by their interpretation of the tone of conversation & thought. However, this reader reduced the characters to caricatures and there were some obvious mis-pronunciations of common words. The story is still worth it as an escape, but just be prepared for a bit of frustration if you care about details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me & Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Flock
    • Narrated By Lauren Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (79)

    In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old: playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places. But even her imaginative mind can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.

    glamazon says: "Brilliant but Disturbing"
    "Amazing Book"
    Overall

    I fell in love with Carrie & Emma very early in the book. The ending was shocking, but I'm glad I hadn't read the other reviews or I would have been trying to figure out the "twist". There was a stark realism to what they endured that made be believe I was getting a real glimpse into the lives of abused children. I was rooting for them and found the ending a mix of satisfying & disturbing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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