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Amy

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  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2795)
    Performance
    (2572)
    Story
    (2571)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a fun listen. Glad I picked it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author did a good job weaving together multiple historic and cultural elements- adding color/interest to the story. In the end, despite it being about two supernatural entities, it was a very human story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2009)
    Performance
    (1862)
    Story
    (1859)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "It was cute"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It was a fun distraction. The narrator wasn't amazing, but neither was the text she had to read. This isn't great literature, it's just a fun story. Glad I gave it a listen. Although now I have to shake talking/cussing with the accent, but that's fun too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3129)
    Performance
    (2840)
    Story
    (2864)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Nice to hear the backstory to the tv show"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    The narrator's voice portrayed the character believably and was pleasant enough to listen to. It suited the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed hearing the *true* experience for prison from her perspective. The story was engaging, humorous, enjoyable. Also hearing of the original characters that were embellished for the tv show was fun. Recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8758)
    Performance
    (6868)
    Story
    (6899)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Intense but very good"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

    I couldn't handle listening to this again, but I'm very glad I did once- it will stay with me for a long time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters get into your heart- it's tender, poignant, very well done.


    What does Allan Corduner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Honestly, I'm glad I didn't have to pronounce all the German in my head- I enjoyed hearing him pronounce it all. Perfect voice for the story.


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

    The end was tough, but by giving little previews, the author prepared you for it. As a story of human existence, and of Nazi Germany, it was a story of loss. But the life within it was all the richer for it. A really sweet story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6128)
    Performance
    (2298)
    Story
    (2321)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Enjoyed it"
    Overall
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    Story
    What about Kristoffer Tabori’s performance did you like?

    In the first minutes I thought perhaps the narrator's voice was too intense, but very soon it became just perfect for the story- enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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