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Dana

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (128)

    A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating.

    Ella says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    This was a wonderful listening experience in all respects. Not only was Slumdog Millionaire a sensitive and ingenious novel, but the reading of this book was outstanding. I highly recommend it....listen to it with your whole family!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber
    Overall
    (1062)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (493)

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "A great listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book provides a good story with decent character development, an interesting plot, and a good amount of psychological depth. The narrator is also excellent. While I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, I found myself more and more drawn into it and ultimately found it to be a very worthwhile listening experience. Well worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5637)
    Performance
    (3577)
    Story
    (3588)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Adored it!"
    Overall

    Like so many people who have listened to this book, I loved it too. I won't go into the myriad of reasons why, but I will say that it is well worth a listener's credit. Great narration too. Oh, and for people who are sensitive re. dogs, don't worry...won't say any more lest I spoil the ending for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (2107)
    Performance
    (1405)
    Story
    (1408)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Two tails way up!"
    Overall

    I loved this book! The concept (a dog who keeps being reincarnated), the character of the dog, the story being told through the dog's voice and perspective, and the narration too. Both touching and hilarious, this is a book I would highly recommend to anyone, but especially to dog lovers. If you are a sensitive soul, you may want to keep a box of tissues handy...having said this, however, this is nowhere near a depressing book, and there are no passages that are highly disturbing for animal lovers (some aspects of the story are a bit heart wrenching though, so be warned...tissues people!). All in all, I am so glad that I picked this book! You will be too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigal Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (388)

    Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives in southern Appalachia. At the heart of these intertwined narratives is a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region. Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches them from an isolated mountain cabin where she is caught off-guard by Eddie Bondo, a young hunter who comes to invade her most private spaces and her solitary life.

    Lily says: "Amazing!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    After thorougly enjoying "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" I am just starting to discover Barbara Kingsolver's books...and boy am I glad! She is an incredibly intelligent and talented writer. With 'Prodigal Summer' I found that, at first, I was not quite as taken as I had expected I'd be (based on the rave reviews). However, once I allowed the story to unfold, I found myself completely sucked into the magical, but very real world that Kingsolver has created through this story. It is a book that is richly textured and has so many themes intertwied and layered that it is sure to offer something for everyone....perhaps especially for those of us who love and wonder at the marvel of the natural world around us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Possibility of Everything: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Hope Edelman
    • Narrated By Hope Edelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her marriage, her profession, and her place in the larger world. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya's curiously disruptive imaginary friend. Worried about how to handle Dodo's apparent hold on their daughter, she and her husband made the unlikely choice to take Maya to healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo, and all he represented, from their lives.

    lasvegaslisa says: "a boring listen"
    "Seemed promissing, but fell flat in the end"
    Overall

    Thay say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder...so I hate to do this, but I must provide my opinion on the quality of this book which, to say the least, was very superficial in many ways. Not only was the author's reading of it quite monotonous, but the story otself was a mish-mash of travel memoir (for a ONE-week trip...wow!), parenting-struggle commentary, and spiritual journey. This in and of itself isn't a bad thing, but while the book had SO much potential, especially in terms of opening our eyes to the traditions of the shamanic healing practices of Central America...I kept waiting for the author to clamp on to one central theme and delve deeply into it, but she just kept skimming the surface of ALL of the themes and topics she tried to cover in the book. Parts of it were interesting, but when I compare the quality of the writing and depth of the introspection in this book to that in "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert (one of the absolute BEST books I have ever read), another travel memoir cum spiritual journey, it's like comparing apples and oranges. My advice would be to save your credit, or, better yet...use it on either of Gilbert's books. You won't regret that choice!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (1934)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (863)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Very Enjoyable!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook not just because the narration was excellent, but also because the characters in Ford's novel were so well developed. The story was interesting, though somewhat predicatable (I didn't find myself 'sitting on the edge of my seat')...but overall, this book had real soul and atmosphere, and that is what kept drawing me into it. It was also a great history lesson and made the reality of the internment of the Japanese Americans come to life. Well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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