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Carol

Chino Hills, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 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
    (1394)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1278)

    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 delight from start to finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Signature of All Things?

    I loved the growth and development of the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Signature of All Things?

    The heartbreak Alma felt when she found out that her husband didn't want the kind of marriage that she did.


    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    Superb!


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

    No. I dragged it out as long as I could. I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I will look for more books by this author and read by Juliet Stevenson.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Joy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (626)

    In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

    Maida says: "Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books"
    "Very dark story line and hard to listen to"
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Too much negative detail.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa See again?

    Yes. I loved Shanghi Girls, but I could hardly listen to the hardship and deprivation as told by this story.


    Have you listened to any of Janet Song’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is a wonderful reader and the performance was fine.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness


    Any additional comments?

    I found it so depressing that I almost quit listening to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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