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Adina Andreu

Concord, NC United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 759 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015
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  • Borders of Infinity: Miles Vorkosigan Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (557)

    The popular adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, a clever and outlandish science fiction hero for the modern era, continue in these three tales. In The Mountains of Mourning, Miles is dispatched to a back-country region of Barrayar, where he must act as detective, judge, and executioner in a controversial murder case. In Labyrinth, Miles adopts his alternate persona as Dendarii Mercenary Admiral Naismith for an undercover mission to rescue an important research geneticist from Jackson’s Whole.

    DERALD says: "Even better than expected"
    "So disappointed"
    Overall

    I am a die-hard Vorkosigan fan. I downloaded this book months ago and waited until the right time to listen to it in order to savor it as I have the others in the series. I was so sad to find that Lois was obviously uninspired when she wrote this one. It was reminiscent of Winterfair Gifts. In that book Miles was mostly absent. I felt that his spirit was gone here as well. He was described rather than experienced. The last part was thrown in inexplicably. I just don't understand how such an important piece could be handled in minutes. It made no sense. Given my harsh critique I still adore the series and consider it one of the classic character creations.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3514)
    Performance
    (3118)
    Story
    (3125)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "This is the reason that I listen to Audiobooks"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

    Only did audio, but in my experience with such a good reader there is no comparison


    What did you like best about this story?

    I wait for books that offer a unique story with beautiful writing that just takes you in and doesn't let go


    Which character – as performed by Jim Broadbent – was your favorite?

    Harold


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. Beautiful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Side of the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Elyse Singleton
    • Narrated By Myra Taylor, Sharon Washington, Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Award-winning journalist Elyse Singleton delivers what Essence calls “a gem - the perfect book to curl up with.”

    Best friends Lilian and Myraleen, two African American women from rural Mississippi, travel to Europe during World War II to act as members of the Women’s Army Corps. During this time of segregation and destruction, both women discover love and heartbreak, triumph and defeat.

    Claudette says: "Wonderful; historical, moving and very well done!!"
    "A Breath of Fresh Air"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is a beautiful story different from most, beautifully written, and beautifully performed. It is the depiction of lives we rarely get a glimpse of. I wholeheartedly recommend this gem of a novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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