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Aysha

Norman, OK, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Sea of Poppies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its purpose to fight China's vicious 19th-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.

    Evelyn M Kloepper says: "ignorance may be bliss"
    "great story, narrator so-so"
    Overall

    Ghosh does a great job with a really pretty ambitious premise. I wasn't disappointed in the ending--i liked that he didn't feel the need to tidy up all the loose ends. I much preferred the narrator of _The Hungry Tide_--this one didn't actually stumble over all the non-English words, but he still sounded pretty American, and that kept jarring my mental images of the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gardens of Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Alan Drew
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    In a small town outside Istanbul, Sinan Basioglu, a devout Muslim, and his wife, Nilufer, are preparing for their nine-year-old son's coming-of-age ceremony. Their headstrong 15-year-old daughter, Irem, resents the attention her brother, Ismail, receives from their parents. For her, there was no such festive observance - only the wrapping of her head in a dark scarf and strict rules that keep her hidden away from boys and her friends.

    Ari says: "Save it for the Book Clubs"
    "terrible narrator"
    Overall

    Surely there is a narrator out there who can pronounce Turkish names and words without making us cringe

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paris Never Leaves You

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adreana Robbins
    • Narrated By Lloyd James, Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Paris Never Leaves You is full of fascinating characters: models, vintners, poets, and especially artists and those who fawn on them and prey on them. Their glittering world forms the backdrop for a modern-day Cinderella story. A stunned Djuna Cortez has just inherited the estate of eccentric artist Joaquim Carlos Cortez - and learned that he is her grandfather. Barely 21, Djuna is soon overwhelmed by the City of Lights. She falls in love with a handsome winemaker who seems to be the man of her dreams, but discovers that she is living a nightmare. Isolated in the French countryside, Djuna finds salvation in reading her grandfather's journals which spin a mesmerizing tale of the young artist in 1930s Paris, facing with the rest of the city the advances of Nazi forces. From her grandfather's struggles and tragedies, Djuna gathers the strength to finally break free from her abusive husband and take the steps necessary to preserve her life, her sanity, her fortune, and her grandfather's powerful artistic legacy.

    Barbara says: "Absorbing book"
    "Tedious & pretentious garbage"
    Overall

    I only give it a star because the form requires at least one. Awkward and overblown dialogue. Hamfisted attempts at lyrical description. How did this book get published, and how could the narrators bear to read it? I felt embarrassed for the writer just listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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