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Amy

Glenside, PA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 5 reviews
  • 22 ratings
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  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • Half of a Yellow Sun: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (164)

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Adichie’s brilliant historical novel follows the fortunes of five characters living through the tumultuous 1960s—a time when the Biafran-Nigerian War raged in southern Africa.

    Alla says: "Horrifyingly human - mandatory reading"
    "Well read but difficult to follow"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was time well spent but I found myself easily distracted and not able to pay attention to the story line.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Never finished


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

    Her voice has a wonderful warmth.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4442)
    Performance
    (4096)
    Story
    (4110)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Dave says: "Oh, the Wondrous Ocean!"
    "Gaiman's got it"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    I love when the author reads their own books. Especially with his british accent!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The girl that he meets at the end of the lane. Or maybe his sister


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

    Yes, this was good but not my favorite book


    If you could rename The Ocean at the End of the Lane, what would you call it?

    The name is perfect for the story


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping for more "adult" themes in the book. Gaiman does not typically write adult themed books and there is a section of risque but not to sound smutty but I would like to see him, with his wild, wonderful imagination brooch upon more adult themes. They do not have to be risque but I thought it might be more intellectual or so. Nonetheless, it was a wonderful listen and left me smiling and enjoying that I still have the place for imagination.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin Franklin's Bastard: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sally Cabot
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Sixteen-year-old Anne is an uneducated serving girl at the Penny Pot tavern when she first meets the commanding Benjamin Franklin. The time she spends with the brilliant young printer teases her curious mind, and the money he provides keeps her family from starving. But the ambitious Franklin is committed to someone else, a proper but infatuated woman named Deborah Read who becomes his common-law wife.

    Amy says: "A wonderful adult portrayal of history"
    "A wonderful adult portrayal of history"
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    Would you listen to Benjamin Franklin's Bastard again? Why?

    Maybe, I don't really relisten/reread books but I would consider it to follow more of the historical points.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    Yes I thought it was well read and well animated


    If you could rename Benjamin Franklin's Bastard, what would you call it?

    William Franklin's mother and her trials in the time of matriarch power


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy historical fiction and I was keen with the way they portrayed the relationships that Franklin and Anne had. It was tasteful and not smutty. I also liked the sprinkling of historical points in the story. My favorite part was the ending and learning about Benjamin and William's relationship in connection to the Revolutionary War.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10945)
    Performance
    (6962)
    Story
    (6994)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "A remarkable story!"
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    Where does Unbroken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love historical fiction but this was one of my first biographies. I would rank it pretty high because it made me want to research more books about WWII and also biographies.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character because it's a biography and the story revolves around him and his trials. It would be impossible to dislike his character.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    The Bird


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Simon Rich
    • Narrated By Simon Rich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In "Center of the Universe", God struggles to balance the demands of his career with the needs of his long-term girlfriend. In "Magical Mr. Goat", a young girl's imaginary friend yearns to become "more than friends". In "Unprotected", an unused prophylactic recalls his years spent trapped inside a teen boy's wallet. The stories in Simon Rich's new audiobook are bizarre, funny, and yet...relatable. Rich explores love's many complications - losing it, finding it, breaking it, and making it - and turns the ordinary into the absurd.

    Michael says: "A fun and quirky read"
    "Excellent fun!"
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    Where does The Last Girlfriend on Earth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    A change of pace from the normal historical fiction I like to read.


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

    Heard him on Savage podcast and thought it was an interesting premise for a book


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of fun and I love when the author reads the book, it adds so much more personality to the book. Great book and great reader/author!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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