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C. Ernst

Clifton, CO, US | Member Since 2005

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  • The Bonesetter's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan, Joan Chen
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (179)

    Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, brilliantly presents "storytelling in its oldest and truest form".

    Eileen says: "Exceptionally good"
    "Mothers, Daughters, Aging"
    Overall

    My Mother first introduced me to Amy Tan by lending me "Joy Luck Club." This book far surpassed that book in describing the complex relationship of mothers and daughters. What made this story all the more touching is that my own mother is now facing some of the challenges that Ruth's mother faces.

    So, mirrored in the story of a grandmother, mother and daughter, experiencing life and passing on a personal history that twists and turns from one generation to the other, is the story of my own mother and me, facing similar disagreements and reconcilliations. I don't believe it is much different for other women, regardless of cultural background.

    I found the book heartwarming and sympathetic to the "previous generation," a guide and subtle warning to the "current generation," and a bittersweet victory for the indomitable human spirit.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2423)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1134)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "You just feel good after reading this book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story for a cold winter night. A story about people, their flaws, their great characters, their troubles. Delightful characters; you will just enjoy this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chivalry

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christina Pickles
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (308)

    "A delicious tale of an elderly British matron who buys the Holy Grail at a rummage sale. Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide."

    Teresa says: "A delightful story!"
    "Delightful! Give me more!"
    Overall

    I have listened to this a couple times now and it always creates a smile and a chuckle. In fact, I wanted to hear another chapter. In the words of Oliver Twist, then, "More, Please!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (896)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    V. Sharol says: "Thought provoking and entertaining"
    "It's a Classic - is that why it's so dusty"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the first chapter of this book and was intrigued by the premise of being alone in the world. "What would I do?" But as I progressed through the book, I felt as if I were walking through mud. Some sections were repetitous and very slow. The characters introduced later in the story became flat. I had a hard time accepting some of the author's conclusions about how the surviving generation would relate the former culture to succeeding generations. The droning voice of the reader made the life of the characters seem joyless. I finally lost interest in the story and simply wanted to hear those famous last words: THE END!

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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