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Catherine M. Lehar

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  • Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Natasha Solomons
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    At the start of World War II, Jack and Sadie Rosenblum flee Berlin for London with their baby daughter, Elizabeth. Upon arrival, Jack receives a pamphlet from the German Jewish Aid Committee on how to act like a proper Englishman. He follows it to the letter -Saville Row suits, the BBC, trips to Covent Garden, a Jaguar - and it works like a charm. The Rosenblums settle into a prosperous new life.

    Emily says: "Endearing"
    "Delightful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English again? Why?

    Yes!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Originality, kindness, beauty


    Which character – as performed by James Adams – was your favorite?

    Toss up between Mr & Mrs Rosenbloom. Both so real and so lovable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! The efforts Mr R puts into fitting in, & Mrs R into preserving authenticity so well described!


    Any additional comments?

    Awed by book's magic. Usually I don't like magic much, but here it worked. It seemed real to the characters' experiences. Absolutely beautiful book! Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Family Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rohinton Mistry
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    From the author of the highly acclaimed A Fine Balance, comes a brilliantly evocative novel that confirms Mistry's reputation as one of the finest writers of our time. "As close to perfect as a novel can get," raves Booklist.

    JOHN says: "More greatness from Rohinton Mistry"
    "Beautiful writing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Family Matters again? Why?

    Yes


    What other book might you compare Family Matters to and why?

    Just William series. Martin Jarvis presents each character with such warmth & humor


    Which character – as performed by Martin Jarvis – was your favorite?

    Even the unkind sister-in-law. Mr Jarvis' reading makes her bad behavior as complex as a real human being. I really appreciate that


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bastard of Istanbul

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elif Shafak
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    In her second novel written in English, Elif Shafak confronts her country's violent past in a vivid and colorful tale set in both Turkey and the United States. At its center is the "bastard" of the title, Asya, a 19-year-old woman who loves Johnny Cash and the French Existentialists, and the four sisters of the Kazanci family who all live together in an extended household in Istanbul.

    Vivienne says: "Istanbul lives"
    "Delightful characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Bastard of Istanbul?

    Colorful characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bastard of Istanbul?

    When sitting together eating, the family scene is so real to me


    What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm not good at processing orally, but this reader's voice is musicale


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

    Yea


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1478)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (885)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "Super!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Skippy Dies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skippy Dies?

    Oh my, there are so many!


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wonderful voices for each character


    If you could take any character from Skippy Dies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I don't know, but the author writes with such compassion about Skippy, his best friend, and his girlfriend.


    Any additional comments?

    Very warm, original, and so human!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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