The story gripped you from the prologue and wouldn't let go. The characters, with the exception of Griff, were relatable and well-drawn. The narration was incredible; I wish all full-cast narrations were this well-done!
Hard to decide. They all had qualities that I admired and related to, but the children are probably my favorites due to their innocence and desire to protect those they love.
This book is well worth the listening time. It does shift point of view from 1st to 3rd person, which is a little bit clunky and cumbersome, and Griff is too unlikeable to be taken seriously as a well-drawn character, but overall, this is a well-written suspenseful debut novel.
I would have to say no. If the narrator had read the book straight-up, or there had been multiple narrators, I might have enjoyed it more. In particular her accent in one story by Amanda Hodgkinson made me glad I could skip through. This did a disservice to an author who promises to be talented.
The characters in Sarah McCoy's "Branch of Hazel" were haunting and unforgetable, as were Gregorie and Liesel in the opening vignet by Alyson Richman.
I liked her general reading, dialogue, and many aspects of it, but with "Tin Town" by Amanda Hodgkinson she put on this funny British-esque accent.
Yes and no. The stories are linked and yet not linked, using Grand Central Station to tie them together.
Well worth your time and credit, particularly the entries by McMorris, McCoy, and Richman.
Oh yes! I love Nicolette McKenzie's narration; she can read a phone book and make it interesting. She didn't try tons of accents, but just read this wonderful memoir straight-up, and its simplicity is part of its charm.
mollie, obviously, and Flo.
With the popularization of such TV series as Downton Abbey, this book is so important as to outline some of the good and bad things about domestic service. It neither sugarcoats the hard work nor exaggerates some of the bad things that could and did happen; Friendships were born, flourished, and some continued and some died; infatuation bloomed in close quarters; superiors were demanding... but years of wisdom have seasoned Mollie's recollections and made this memoir a fantastic and worthwhile read, a throwback to a time when America was gripped in the Great Depression while events conspired for England to go to war.
Hopeful, heartbreaking, enlightening
This is my first exposure to this narrator. She did quite well for most of it, but occasionally had odd pauses and inflection.
Definitely. This book would make a great drama pic!
This book was informative even as it broke my heart. The hell that Keri and the many others in her world go through while wrestling with their children not being who they hoped.
I could feel the frustration that Keri dealt with during Trina's spiral into mental illness, culminating in desperate measures to try and get her help. It was like a little piece of hell, but not without hope. I enjoyed Bebe Moore Campbell's gift of language, and her accessible way of writing that reached out not only to people of colour, but to a white Canadian with no experience with mental illness (knock on wood).
It is not a light read by any means, but well worth your time and credit.
I enjoyed this book for the most part. Nicola Barber's performance was spectacular, and Qanta Ahmed's observational skills - crucial for a physician - are on full display. I could feel the oppressive heat, sense the culture shock, and awed by her description of her Haj experience. It is, however, somewhat lost in brand-name-dropping (particularly in the first half). Once you get past that, it is a very important enlightening book, giving faces and names to "invisible" women in an uncomfortable reality of Saudi Arabia.
The description of the Haj. I was blown away by such a mass amount of people, beautiful buildings, stones, waters, prayers... it was incredibly moving.
I did enjoy this book. The first half has a lot of brand name dropping - Mercedes, Rolex, etc. - and it gets a little bit grating. However, that aside, I will never forget this book, and will likely read it again.
Qanta is a moderate Muslim who is thrown into a kingdom where women are veiled, and the veiling of Muslims is definitely described as a prison. Through two years, she learns what women - and by extension men - endure in the Saudi kingdom. She is blunt, to the point, observant, giving a realism seldom viewed. Unlike Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Infidel, Nomad), Qanta's Muslim faith remains intact, even though extremism as witnessed in Saudi Arabia does not persuade her to think as many do there, or to become resigned to her fate.
Worth buying on sale, or even for its own cash value; I wouldn't spend a credit on it, but that's just me.
Yes. I enjoyed both the book and the performance, and will definitely pick up more Kay Bratt books.
This book tells the story of Chai and Josi, two childhood friends who are kidnapped as daughters-in-law in training. It touches on aspects of Chinese culture, family disunity, and friendship and love.
Chai, for being so determined despite her culture.
her pronunciations of Chinese words sounded excellent! I don't know if another narrator could have done as well.
The story of Josi and Tao
I thought the ending was a bit too syrupy, even though parts of it were incredibly painful. This is why I gave the book 4 stars. However, this book is a powerful tome about shrewdness, self-sacrifice, and never giving up.
I first became a Gudenkauf fan with her debut, The Weight of Silence. These Things Hidden was a pretty good read; One Breath Away was a misstep for this talented author.
This book deals with the tragedy of Ellen Moore, a child advocate who - after a morning of chaos - left her baby in the back of her car on a hot summer morning. her path intersects with Jenny, a street-smart yet naive ten-year-old who travels to Iowa in search of relatives.
Perhaps Kate Rudd's narration is a bit overdramatic, but it didn't call for the scathing review posted on this site. Tanya Eby's narration of Jenny's portion was admirable.
I found the ending was a little too Hallmark, but this book is a riveting read. Good work, heather Gudenkauf!
Inspirational, emotional, vivid
I found Reyna's story tragic as it was inspirational - the longing of a young girl to belong to a family, to hold on to anything at all after her childhood was constantly in uphieval
Yes. This book was so sad, but by no means self-pitying or self-agrandising. I could see the poverty through Reyna and Mago's eyes when they traveled back to Mexico.
This book is well worth the time, money or credit. It focuses primarily on Reyna's childhood, but touches on her experiences as a teenager and young adult trying to make her way in the world. Even some family members who are despised due to their choices that created so much chaos become three-dimmentional, growing even as Reyna and her siblings did.
It is moving, neither wallowing in self-pity nor waving banners of "see how much I've overcome!" I hope Audible will publish Miss Grande's novels, as she is a wonderful writer.
I think so. Jenny Bowen reads this book herself, which - though unpolished - is a fine narration.
Jenny, many of the half the Sky volunteers, and all those both in America and China who helped with Half the Sky
This book is tragic, uplifting and inspirational. Jenny and her husband adopted two Chinese girls and took in others, as well as spearheaded a movement that impacts many children in institutionalized care.
it is hard to read in places, especially considering the malnutrition and lack of care due to immense overcrowding and poor training in Chinese orphanages.
I will read this book again. Well done!
I have listened to it twice - first when it came out, then again when i purchased it on Audible. the voice of jack is very childlike, which has aggravated many reviewers, but also honestly adds to its realism. You can feel his mother and grandmother's frustrations with him... but as an audiobook, it works as a multi-voiced performance.
The little things that Jack and his Ma had to do to survive in Room. the realism of how small a world Jack grew up in, and his ever-expanding knowledge of the outside world around him. In some ways, it reflects every child's excitement and frustration and growing up; in others, it's entirely unique.
the only narrator I am familiar with is Suzanne Toren, but I plan on checking out Ellen Archer - although I will probably always think of her as Jack's Ma.
if you can manage the child's voice of Michal Friedman as Jack - which gets to be a bit much in large doses - this book is a good book.
Emma Donnaghue did a great job of reflecting the complex yet simple life that Jack and his mother led. Jack is incredibly mature in some ways and incredibly naive and immature in others by necessity. She could have made Room a horrible place, with graphic depictions of Jack envisioning his mother's abuse by his captor, but chose to allow his mother to be a protective mother bear, who would not allow her child to see what she lived through. Many topics were handled with sensitivity, yet with the brutal honesty of a child. Well done!
Mostly. Kate Rudd is a good narrator, although some of her diction is a little flat. I can't describe it, but it drives me nuts... but thankfully it's rare, and the rest of her performance is wonderful
I normally don't like novellas; I honestly think it could have been flushed out a bit better. But Ellen is a compelling character - a devoted mother, a bit obsessive, a social worker who is neither hardened to her work nor beaten down by it.
I was surprised by the identity of the killer - I guess that's the mark of a good mystery.
Well, clocking in at 2 hours - 15 minutes of which was a preview of "Little Mercies" - it's not hard to do. It was a good read.
I normally don't like novellas. For some reason they just seem short and lacking in some way. If this book stood on its own, it's OK, I guess, but it's a great introduction to Ellen, a main character in Gudenkauf's full-length "Little Mercies". Hopefully Little Mercies refers back to this book in some way...
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