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Lea

SHELL LAKE, WI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Story of Beautiful Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Simon
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (195)

    It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution: the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone - Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Attempt"
    "Beautiful story"
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    Where does The Story of Beautiful Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Linney and Kate and Martha I can't pick one. All the characters are lovely.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Perfect


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Made me laugh and cry! My sign of a good book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Catherine Friend
    • Narrated By Catherine Friend
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Catherine Friend was happy being an author and writing instructor. She always wore clean clothes. She never had anything disagreeable stuck to the bottom of her shoes. That all changed the day she agreed to help her partner Melissa fulfill Melissa’s lifelong ambition to farm in Minnesota. Catherine and Melissa embark on a rural odyssey filled with sheep, goats, chicken, llamas, and a host of other natural disasters. As it turns out, farming isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

    John S. says: "A strong interest in animals helps here a lot!"
    "Honest tale of life on a farm"
    Overall
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    Where does Hit by a Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This isn't a life changing saga but it is refreshingly honest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her little stories of life on the farm.


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

    Love that it was narrated by the author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (550)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "Sweeping saga of a little known (to me) culture"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Moloka’i the most enjoyable?

    You really got to know the characters especially Rachel of course.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Description of lives on Molokai.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Noelani Miyamoto – was your favorite?

    Rachel of course


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

    When Rachel and her husband have to give their daughter up for adoption and later when Rachel and Ruth reunite.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2142)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (972)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "The Middle Ages were awfully leud"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fool to be better than the print version?

    Loved the narration especially with all of Pocket's colorful language. I'm sure I would've just skipped it while reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The ghost. Silly thing.


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

    I laughed a lot during this crazy book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Albert of Adelaide: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Howard Anderson
    • Narrated By David Franklin
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Having escaped from Australia's Adelaide Zoo, an orphaned platypus named Albert embarks on a journey through the outback in search of "Old Australia", a rumored land of liberty, promise, and peace. What he will find there, however, away from the safe confinement of his enclosure for the first time since his earliest memories, proves to be a good deal more than he anticipated. Alone in the outback, with an empty soft drink bottle as his sole possession, Albert stumbles upon pyromaniacal wombat Jack, and together they spend a night drinking and gambling in Ponsby Station.

    Lea says: "Odd combination but it works"
    "Odd combination but it works"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Albert of Adelaide to be better than the print version?

    Of course! I'm a sucker for accents- make Australia so much better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved poor old Jack.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1074)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Hilarious and entertaining but not life-changing"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Bloodsucking Fiends?

    As always Christopher Moore delivers a hilarious take on vampire lore, just what I needed to break a reading slump after too much historical fiction.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course I loved the vampires best. They can't help but eat/ turn people to dust. Wouldn't that be a great addition to our health care system?


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

    We listened to this entire thing on a long weekend car trip. Had to sit in the driveway when we got home!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1885)
    Performance
    (1259)
    Story
    (1267)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Mysteries for non-mystery readers"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would (and have) recommend this book to mystery and nonmystery readers alike.


    What other book might you compare Still Life to and why?

    Loved the local flavor and gorgeous narration.


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

    It didn't make me laugh or cry but made me stay up WAY TOO LATE! Listened to it in almost one evening because I was drawn in so far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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