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Arabella

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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2360)
    Performance
    (2090)
    Story
    (2076)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Good story but might be better read in print"
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    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    I really like this author. Sad to say, it was very difficult to understand the readers as their accents were so heavy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of And the Mountains Echoed?

    The separation of the brother and sister.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The accents were too thick and it made listening hard.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Fortier
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (155)

    Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.

    Glory says: "Excellent! Merits 20 hours"
    "Sometimes the voice of a reader trivializes a book"
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    What would have made Juliet better?

    The book plays on two levels: present day and 15th century Italy. The present day characters were entirely unbelievable.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    If love and lovers are eternal, the chance of them meeting again poses lots of possiblities. The Romeo and Juliet of old meeting today is a great idea. The 15th century part of the story is a lot of fun. The modern part felt sophomoric.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice was petulant and self-centered. It detracted from the story. I actually yelled out loud at the book several times, she made me so angry.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Juliet?

    Too many to mention. The modern parts of the book really pushed credibility.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (1032)
    Story
    (1041)

    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Molly-o says: "Don't miss this one"
    "A strange and unexpected book"
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    What disappointed you about The Signature of All Things?

    I thought the book was going to be about botany. It had great elements: Joseph Banks, early plant collections, pharmaceutical uses, study of mosses...but the characters were off-putting and not particularly engaging...and the sections on "quim" and possible homosexuality seemed overdone. There was an opportunity to explore spirituality through androgony that wasn't fully realized. Nor was the section on abolitionism satisfyingly explored. The antiquated language and mores of the times were well done.


    Has The Signature of All Things turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The arrival of Tomorrow Morning and Alma's introduction to him.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Signature of All Things?

    Much of the binding closet.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is of large scope and to be commended. It whetted curiosity but just didn't satisfy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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