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Annie

Kansas City, MO, United States | Member Since 2008

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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
    (4156)
    Performance
    (2690)
    Story
    (2718)

    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"
    "Must Read Non-fiction Favorite"
    Overall

    I loved this book so much I listened to it twice! It was sad, but so interesting. I also changed my mind about my view of legal/medical issues. It brought so much forward that I never considered to even exist in the discussion of patient rights and medical research.

    I am not a lawyer or medical professional, but I would say anyone with an interest in either field would find this fascinating. I am not sure who would NOT find this interesting.

    This was picked by another book club member and I was dreading reading it because I though it would be so dry and unimportant. Boy, I was WRONG!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unfamiliar Fishes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (572)

    In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.

    Kat says: "Sarah Vowell does it again!"
    "Worst book I've tried"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well, let me restate that. This is a great book if you enjoy bitter atheists. The only thing that would make it worse; if the very monotone, bitter author read it herself. Oh, wait she did.

    I am not a Christian, so this is not about me not liking her because of her views. It is simply that there is so much resentment and anger on the top, I could not find the story below.

    I am was so disappointed because I love nonfiction and historical nonfiction, in particular.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How Green Was My Valley

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Richard Llewellyn
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    How Green Was My Valley is Richard Llewellyn’s best-selling - and timeless - classic, as well as the basis of a beloved film. As Huw Morgan is about to leave home forever, he reminisces about the golden days of his youth when South Wales still prospered, when coal dust had not yet blackened the valley. Drawn simply and lovingly, with a crisp Welsh humor, Llewellyn’s characters fight, love, laugh, and cry, creating an indelible portrait of a people. Richard Llewellyn (1906–1983), a Welsh novelist, was born in Hendon, England, in the county of Middlesex.

    Ronna says: "A classic that must be read---could take place now"
    "Maybe a "classic," but certainly not timeless"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened all the way until I had 2 hours left, hoping I'd change my mind. Finally threw in the towel. Characters are flat. There could have been a wonderful story and story within the story here, but the author has serious issues with ADD and character development. It read like a textbook. When the plot would finally have a tiny bit of interest, he would jump and I mean jump, not transition, to another character.

    As frustrating as Dickens in my mind, but not nearly as humorous. Barely any moments of interest. Only stuck with it so long because my mom insisted I would like it.

    Blah. Don't waste your time.

    0 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Tandia

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (659)

    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    Thomas Andrews says: "Thanks for this wonderful collaboration"
    "Let down after Power of One"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved Power of One and hoped to enhance the experience by listening to this one. I quit listening 2/3 through. This book had none of the charm of Power of One. It drug on and on and never really picked up speed.

    Also, I found the reader's singing in a few places so BAD!! That only made me more sad. The singing parts were tiny, but so awful they are still rolling around in my head.

    Overall this story was sad for me, and not the in dramatic, enjoyable & redeeming way a good book should be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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