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  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (787)

    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

    Elisabeth says: "Like peeping through your fingers at a car wreck"
    "well written memoir"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Glass Castle to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print book, however, I liked the audio edition very much.


    What other book might you compare The Glass Castle to and why?

    It is somewhat comparable to Drinking: A love story, in it's discussion of the difficulty of dealing with addiction; or to Breaking NIght, in it's discussion of the difficulties of being a child of poverty. But it is it's own story, with discussion of aspects of race, cultural differences, and the impact of a steady diet of broken promises.


    Which character – as performed by Jeannette Walls – was your favorite?

    As with most story tellers, the author's use of description and character development helps you feel you are there where the story is unfolding.


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

    I liked the narrator. I found their reading style easy to listen to, with good intonation and inflection.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, I liked it very much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4173)
    Performance
    (2835)
    Story
    (2870)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "good book, but I could do without the horn blowing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Furies of Calderon to be better than the print version?

    Can't say, I only listened to the book, and have not read the print version.


    What other book might you compare Furies of Calderon to and why?

    It is similar to many other fantasy/adventure books such as books by Terry Goodkind.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    I thought she did a good job of differentiating characters. I liked her use of inflection and the cadence of her voice. She is easy to listen to, and does not distract the listener from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a good book. Not earth shattering, or the next Trilogy of Middle Earth, but interesting and enjoyable. I liked it enough to listen to the 2nd in the series now.
    The major thing I would like to change is the ridiculous horns that sound in the middle of the storyline. They seldom seem to have anything to do with the plot, and add nothing to the rendition of the story. The book would be better without them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tea Obreht
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden, Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (537)

    In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

    Howard says: "Left me unfulfilled!"
    "Perhaps it's an unfamiliar speech pattern"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I believe the book is well written, and descriptions are rich and full.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the intertwining of plots


    How could the performance have been better?

    The main narrator, Susan Duerden, reads every sentence as if it is the height of suspension. In the suspensful parts of the book this works well. Unfortunately, it is not possible to remain at the very edge of cliff the entire tale.I found the voice inflection grated on me. With this in mind, I found it difficult to get through the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "May I have some water?" asked the deathless man.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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