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C. Barnes

I love true history books. Many about people and their lives. Also memoirs are great

Texas, of course | Member Since 2011

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  • White Oleander

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Janet Fitch
    • Narrated By Oprah Winfrey
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet who wields her luminous beauty to intimidate and manipulate men. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery-but their idyll is shattered when Astrid's mother falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, Ingrid murders the man, and is sentenced to life in prison. White Oleander is the unforgettable story of Astrid's journey through a series of foster homes.

    C. Barnes says: "Not Oprah's gift"
    "Not Oprah's gift"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I loved reading this book. But I did not love listening to Oprah over dramatize every syllable. I just can't put Oprah's face into the main character of this book. Not matter how I try, it doesn't fit. I also wish the unabridged version was available.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Oprah Winfrey’s performances?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Please no more recognizable celebrity narrators!! It screws with my head and makes it impossible to enjoy the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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