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  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Farahad Zama
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (188)

    Farahad Zama's debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love. After Mr. Ali retires, he launches a matchmaking service that helps an array of clients arrange marriages. But he's unaware of his able assistant's dire need for his marriage bureau.

    Lorriee says: "The Marriage Bureau for Rich People"
    "Perfect for a Road Trip"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Marriage Bureau for Rich People the most enjoyable?

    Taina Rodrigues (the reader) was spot on for the voices and personalities in the story.


    What other book might you compare The Marriage Bureau for Rich People to and why?

    Emma, by Jane Austin. Okay, not the obvious comparison, but Mr. and Mrs. Ali are playing matchmaker with various levels of success in their business and personal lives. There are funny, quirky and heartbreaking scenes, so that we found ourselves rooting for the group of protagonists, even when they made silly choices.


    What about Tania Rodrigues’s performance did you like?

    While her tempo was slow, she made the characters distinct but not over-the-top. her phrasing for the dialogue was also very good and brought out the individual personalities.


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

    We listened to it while in the car on a road trip, so we pretty much heard it all at once.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Soy Sauce for Beginners

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kirstin Chen
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Soy Sauce for Beginners reveals the triumphs and sacrifices that shape one woman’s search for a place to call home, and the unexpected art and tradition behind the brewing of a much-used but unsung condiment. The result is a foodie love story that will give listeners a hearty appreciation for family loyalty and fresh starts.

    A. Evans says: "Wonderful story!"
    "Enjoyable -- coming of age for grownups"
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    Where does Soy Sauce for Beginners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Kristin Chen's story is an enjoyable coming-of-age or finding-my-true-self kind of book. It's not earth shattering, but the right amount of personal input from the author to make you believe and care about Gretchen and her family. Chen creates a Gretchen as protagonist in which readers can find a connection. Sometimes that connection was a little too close to home and I wanted reach into the story to whisper to Gretchen: "How can you say/do that! Don't you see..." The supporting cast reinforces the relief between the two worlds (California and Singapore) Gretchen navigates. The ending maybe a little predictable, but I think that is the point of the story: Gretchen finds her way into a choice that makes sense for her and the person she has, and wishes, to become. May we all find that.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It was easy to listen to Nancy Wu's narration. This book uses different English voices (Californian American, 'good' Singaporean English, Australian English) as well as Singlish, and Chinese. I can't say how authentic Wu's interpretation of each are, but she did a good job of making them palatable to my American ear. I wish Wu had done a little research for the lyrics excerpted. I get it that a narrator may not be able to sing lyrics, but she could have gotten the phrasing and syllable emphasis correct and mimic a little of the tonal qualities of the songs. It was very distracting that she read them in monotone and with completely different phrasing. All in all I would listen to another narration by Nancy Wu, as long as there were no lyrics or poems.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alethea Kontis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (289)

    It isn’t easy being Sunday’s child, not when you’re the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true. When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night, Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him....

    Amazon Customer says: "Charming... Enchanting"
    "Spellbound"
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    What made the experience of listening to Enchanted the most enjoyable?

    Alethea Kontis spins a fantastic web of fairy tales into this retelling of the Frog Prince.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Papa's story about the cat that gave a wish to the little girl was so funny that we listened twice before listening to the rest of the story.


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

    Yes! Katherine Kellgren was up to her superb reputation as a top reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the squeal with Saturday's story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Franny Billingsley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Briony has a secret. She believes her secret killed her stepmother, destroyed her twin sister’s mind, and threatens all the children in the Swampsea. She yearns to be rid of her terrible secret, but risks being hanged if she tells a soul. That’s what happens to witches: They’re hanged by the neck until dead.Then Eldric arrives - Eldric with his golden mane and lion eyes and electric energy - and he refuses to believe anything dark about Briony. But he wonders what’s been buried beneath her self-hatred, hidden in Rose’s mangled thoughts, and whispered about by the Old Ones.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful writing & story"
    "That's Fantastic!"
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    Would you listen to Chime again? Why?

    I already have! Susan Duerden's performance was spellbinding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part of the story was how Franny Billingsly wove the landscape into the story, allowing it to intimately definer her characters.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    Rose. although she is not the main character, her relationship with Briony shapes the story and humanizes their story.


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

    I particularly liked how Briony finally realizes how she and Rose are alike when Rose speaks up in the courtroom. The dynamic of Briony as the defender and Rose as the protected is finally turned on its head. Rose only sees her role as necessary and matter of fact, but this moment is completely life and character changing for Briony. This is the part of the story where Rose is the hero. Fantastic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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