I am a fan, I'll admit it. Barbara Kingsolver never fails to satisfy. She writes elegant and insightful prose. I always learn something from her books--this time it is global warming, climate change, and monarch butterflies. And, she creates characters who become real people that I care about deeply. Kingsolver is a decent narrator.
This is a beautifully written story of a family falling apart. A Chinese-American man, Henry Lee, and blonde woman, Marilyn, marry in the 1950s, the same year as the Lovings, of the later-famous inter-racial marriage legal challenge. The Lees settle in a small Ohio college town and have three children who, like their father, have difficulty fitting in to white America. Each family member has secrets, dreams, and frustrations, but they do not share them with each other. As the novel opens, daughter Lydia has died. Through dissection of the family members' pasts, fears, and perspectives, the story of their intertwined lives is revealed. As I listened, I both marveled at the beauty of Ng's language and felt heart sick at the lack of communication among the characters. No one emerges as hero or villain, they are all just people struggling to be loved. The narration was terrific!
I purchased this audiobook because I loved the movie version. I was not disappointed. What a stunningly beautiful novella I discovered. Capote truly is a marvelous author. Every sentence was a joy to read. After finishing the book, I decided to watch the movie again, and what a disappointment that was! Very little of the book's tragic beauty made the transition to the screen--the basics were there,but too many details were changed. I had to quit watching, because it was so unlike the book.
Teenagers Hazel and Gus meet in a cancer support group, fall in love, and help each other through ups and downs of living life as "side effects." Narrator Hazel, is delightful and Gus has a marvelous sense of humor. I laughed (and cried) as I listened to their story. The audio narration is strong.
I enjoyed Wolf Hall and wanted to listen to the sequel. What a stunning writer, Mantel is-- beautiful, lyrical, and complex. Mantel's treatment of Cromwell is much more sympathetic than that of other writers of the Tudor period in English history. The narration is also excellent. A bookclub friend and I agreed that these two books are much more "readable" in the auditory rather than print versions.
I have enjoyed all of Tana French's stories and this was no exception. Excellent narration, well crafted story, and characters to care about.
These stories provide a background to the character of Kurt Wallander, some were good but others only mediocre. The narration nearly drove me to shut off the story several times. It was slow, overly dramatic, and the "voices" seemed poorly matched to the characters.
This is the first Craig Johnson book we've listened to. I selected it because we love George Guidall as a narrator and the real Wyoming. We weren't disappointed. The story was realistic, kept our interest, and had enough twists and turns to keep us listening. We will look for more in this series.
This is a touching tale about the unexpected loss of true love when Edward's beloved wife dies from cancer and he has to find a way, daily, to keep going without her. His step-children and friends repeatedly try to fix him up with available women, but he needs time to grieve and recover. I have read a couple of other books by Hilma Wolitzer and have liked them all. She writes beautifully and creates characters that are fully developed human beings. The book is not maudlin at all and I laughed as many times as I had a lump develop in my throat. The narrator was just right for this book, sensitively rendering Edward's and the other characters.
This was a stunning story, beautifully written and plotted, and well narrated. The narrator captured a wide range of character voices and made the story come alive for me. This rich novel is multi-layered, dealing with themes of finding love and family amid trauma and difficulty, crafting a career, living through a violent time in Ethopia, and searching for identity and connections. I learned much about medicine, surgery, the history of Ethopia and Eritrea, and Christian missionaries. I have recommended this book to many friends and have encouraged them to try the audio version because it was so well done.
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