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Nan

Concord, MA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4273)
    Performance
    (2800)
    Story
    (2829)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Excellent read"
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    Where does The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very well written book, it kept my interest in spite of material that could have been very dry. I think everyone should read this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zeitoun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (387)

    When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

    Darwin8u says: "Something bold, ebullient, yet quiet"
    "Starts slow, becomes a page turner"
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    What did you love best about Zeitoun?

    The story starts out as a simple recounting of the the life of Zeitoun and his family/ I thought it was like reading a history book, not that interesting. But then it grabs you and doesn't let go.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zeitoun?

    This book gives a damning account of how civil rights can be COMPLETELY ignored in this country when ignorant, thoughtless people who don't care about their fellow human beings and can make their life total hell and don't care at all. It's incomprensible.


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

    The performance was good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sisters Who Would be Queen: Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Leanda de Lisle
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Mary, Katherine, and Jane Grey---sisters whose mere existence nearly toppled a dynasty and altered a nation's destiny---are the captivating subjects of Leanda de Lisle's new book. The Sisters Who Would Be Queen breathes fresh life into these three young women, who were players and victims in the violent and vicious world of Tudor power politics and whose heirs could otherwise be ruling England today.

    Cariola says: "Attention: Tudor Junkies!"
    "A little boring at times"
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    What did you like best about The Sisters Who Would be Queen? What did you like least?

    This is basically an interesting story, but sometimes is just a telling of the facts. But I enjoy reading about this period in history, so I stuck with it.


    What aspect of Wanda McCaddon’s performance would you have changed?

    I am not a fan of the woman narrating this book. I have listened to a few books she has narrated and don't like her voice.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3306)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1641)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "A Perfect Ten"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I have ever read or listened to. I would seriously give it 10 stars if I could. It's like the perfect storm of literature, an autobiography written by a fabulous writer in an amazing India. The imagery the writer uses are spectacular. If I had read it instead of listened to it, I would have done a lot of underlining so I could go back and reread some of the passages. The narrator is VERY good, wonderful Australian, American, Indian accents, plus a few others.
    It was a long and complicated book, but so enjoyable that as soon as I finished it, I started it all over again and enjoyed it just as much the second time, and also recognized all of the instances of foreshadowing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Villa

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (821)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (513)

    Sophia Giambelli has never worried about competition. As a savvy businesswoman, she knows she must be prepared for anything...but she isn't prepared for Tyler MacMillan.

    LeftyMom says: "Excellent!"
    "Like A Soap Opera"
    Overall

    Not much substance to this book, but lots of fun. A great read for the beach. All the bad characters get what is coming to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3544)
    Performance
    (1260)
    Story
    (1265)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Not A Single Happy Person In The Story"
    Overall

    I can't believe this book was on the NYT best seller's list for 13 weeks so far (Dec 2010). The story is full of dysfunctional familes spitting out poorly adjusted people. Someone even put this book on the 100 books we all must read before we die. I listened to the whole thing, it never got better, never had any redeeming qualities.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (420)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Pamela says: "Authors Need to Review Pronunciations"
    "Plastic People"
    Overall

    The characters in this story are a little too shallow, or plastic for me. Everyone does what is expected of them, the siblings with huge chips on their shoulders are instantly turned in to normal people after one or two encounters with the main character. It was just a bland story in spite of some "scary" events, which just seemed gratuitous. I did listen to the whole book, but I could have given up on it any time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heretic's Daughter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kathleen Kent
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried, and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials.

    Darice says: "What is Love?"
    "Great story"
    Overall

    I love historical fiction, and this is a great story, based on the tragic story of people being persecuted and killed for being different under the cloak of being called witches. Interesting perspective. Will man's inhumanity to man ever stop?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2160)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1151)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "Too much drivel, no action, horrible ending"
    Overall

    I don't want to listen to the pretentions and supposedly esoteric musings of this woman, or the girl, although the girl was easier to listen to. I didn't have a problem with the narrators as other people seem to have had. I thought the ending was horrible and sudden. I am shocked this book has been on the NYT best sellers list for months. I can't explain why!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Olive Kitteridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (461)

    At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

    BeckyC says: "Absorbing collection of linked stories"
    "Tedious stories!"
    Overall

    I kept having to learn a whole new set of characters, with this boring ordinary woman coming in to each story. I really don't understand how it was on the NYT's best sellers list for so long. I really didn't enjoy this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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