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Daryl

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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  • Calling Me Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Kibler
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (481)
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    (483)

    Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

    Alexandria says: "I really wanted to like it"
    "Beuatiful, heartbreaking story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Calling Me Home to be better than the print version?

    Quite likely. The choice in Lorna Raver and Banhi Turpin as narrators was a good one... voices nearly pitch-perfect, though Lorna Raver's voice could get a little over-dramatic, and Bahni Turpin uncharacteristically read a couple passages with less inflection that called for. These instances were rare, and it was an enjoyable read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Calling Me Home?

    When Dorie found out who broke into her office and why... the anger came right through.

    And the heartbreak of Isabel losing Robert


    Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    Both Dorie and Isabel. They obviously took center stage, and some of the other characters weren't as flushed out... but they were great!


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

    Both, in parts... the scene with the hotel night manager made me laugh out loud


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, depicting the complex race relations that are still ongoing today. Tackling it both from a white and African-American perspective - peeling back the layers of prejudice on both sides - was well done.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ann Tatlock
    • Narrated By Morgan Hallett, Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
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    (18)
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    (18)

    When Eve Marryat's father is laid off from the Ford Motor Company in 1931, he is forced to support his family by moving back to his Ohio roots. Eve's uncle Cyrus has invited the family to live and work at his Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge. Eve soon forms an unlikely friendship with a strange young man named Link, blissfully unaware that her uncle's lodge is anything but what it seems.

    Daryl says: "Shades of Gray Mercy"
    "Shades of Gray Mercy"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Mercy?

    There were many. I could picture the town coming together for the Fourth of July, hear the band and see the games... it was terrific!


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

    It would be Eve and Cassandra... I liked the direction their relationship took as young adults, when the complications and simplicity of childhood were removed. I liked Eve's idealism, even as she was (due to her youth) so sure of herself; and Cassandra's wrestling with her guilt of how she lived her life.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this look at coming of age in Prohibition-era Ohio. Tatlock has a knack of providing Christian characters who are complex - doing something illegal for a good cause, or something good for the wrong reasons. I think Eve is older than many of Tatlock's other protagonists, which is both a blessing and a drawback. Either way, this book is a welcome addition to any Tatlock fan.

    Morgan Hallet and Barbara Caruso were terrific narrators for their parts - Hallett for the majority of the book, Caruso for the prologue and epilogue.

    Great work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridge Ices Before Road

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By S. Rose
    • Narrated By Jeanne Whitehouse
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    The year is 1970. In a blue-collar suburb of Boston, two eleven year-old Catholic girls struggle to come of age in a culture still very much dominated by men. They watch in dismay as their fathers and priests determine the lives of the women around them. Loyalty to family and church is paramount; women and children suffer in silence rather than expose the men who do them harm.

    Felita Daniels says: "All heart & a few nail-biting moments"
    "Couldn't get past narration!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. her dialogue was very good, but her narrative passages were read in this really annoying way, with weird pauses, and she sounded SOOOOO bored. As a period piece, this was a good book, but will read it in print rather than audio.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeanne Whitehouse?

    No! While her dialogue was good, there was something stilted and off about her narrative first-person portions.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book... but the narration was a poor choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl in the Dark: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Anna Lyndsey
    • Narrated By Hannah Curtis
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Anna was living a normal life. She was ambitious and worked hard; she had just bought an apartment; she was falling in love. But then she started to develop worrying symptoms: her face felt like it was burning whenever she was in front of the computer. Soon this progressed to an intolerance of fluorescent light, then of sunlight itself. The reaction soon spread to her entire body.

    Daryl says: "Poetic look at an unusual life"
    "Poetic look at an unusual life"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Girl in the Dark to be better than the print version?

    Definitely! Hannah Curtis BECAME Anna Lindsay. She is dry and whitty when needed, in the depths of despair when called for.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna, of course, and Pete, who loves her and supports her and treats her like a human, not just someone with a disability/


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

    yes! It is short enough to read on a long road trip, detailing all the ways Anna lives a happy and fulfilled life, with her hopes and dreams and successes and setbacks.


    Any additional comments?

    Terrific book! In some ways, ehr experiences are similar to living with blindness, yet very different. She is all-too-human, with an unusual disability, trying to find a way to carve out a fulfilling life outside the presence of many forms of light.
    What a fighter!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Deborah Layton
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the "truly unforgettable" (Kirkus Review) story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious cults in recent memory and how she found her way back to sanity.

    wendy williams says: "A remarkable telling from an eyewitness"
    "Brilliant, Haunting, Chilling"
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    Would you listen to Seductive Poison again? Why?

    Definitely! For years I have been curious about Jonestown - more about the people who followed Jim Jones to their deaths than about the man himself. A couple of years back I read Julia Scheeres' "A Thousand Lives" (a brilliant book in its own right), a thorough journalistic look at Jones and his followers. Deborah Layton laid herself bare in "Seductive Poison," detailing how she herself got drawn in to Jones' orbit, her rise to power in Peoples' Temple, her disillusion, escape, and putting her life back together.

    I must also say that Kathe Mazur's performance was superb! Her depiction of Jones - in either his caring or brutal persona - was chilling and believable. Deborah's fear, sorrow, and fumbling are portrayed realistically.


    What other book might you compare Seductive Poison to and why?

    it is a great companion piece to "A Thousand Lives". ATL is more journalistic and deals more with the suicides themselves; "Seductive Poison" is more personal, about one woman's own journey of self-discovery and deprogramming. But these together and you have a comprehensive look at Jonestown!


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

    Her performance was superb here and turned a great memoir into a terrific audiobook


    Any additional comments?

    If you have any interest in Jonestown specifically, or indoctrination in general, or if you like to read about resilience against impossible odds, read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose Under Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Sasha Pick
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (122)

    Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.

    Lulu says: "A Compelling and Disturbing Read"
    "Terrific story paired with passible narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book, yes! I loved Elizabeth Wein's companion to this, "Code Name Verity". Even Maddie makes appearances in both books... But as an audiobook, I don't think I would recommend it. Sasha Pick has a cartoonish voice for Rosia, which made me want to cover my ears in protest. And her German and French pronunciations are also off.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It did. As an American narrator, I did enjoy Sasha Pick, but for foreign accents (French, Polish) and Rosia's character in particular, I didn't enjoy so much.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book, skip the audio, unless you can get this book on sale like I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonestown: "Don't Drink the Kool-Aid": The Complete Story Behind the Mysterious Jim Jones & His Exodus to Guyana

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Will Savive
    • Narrated By Mark Moseley
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    The life and death of Jim Jones and his followers in Jonestown still mystifies people to this day. "Drinking the Kool-Aid" became a famous metaphor for holding an unquestioned belief without critical examination. But was there a far more sinister play at hand than the official story revealed? This audiobook is a complete history of Jim Jones and People's Temple, with further analysis on what might have been the real cause of this tragedy.

    Daryl says: "In SERIOUS need of an overhaul"
    "In SERIOUS need of an overhaul"
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    What disappointed you about Jonestown: "Don't Drink the Kool-Aid"?

    I have always been fascinated by Jonestown. What would cause people to give up their lives, minds and bodies to this man? At first, I thought this book was well-rounded and informative, but the narration was flat, with mispronounced words (possibly due to misspellings in the printed text?) and graphic sexual scenes that seemed to be only there for shock value.
    I read Julia Scheeres' "A Thousand Lives" and plan on reading "Seductive Poison", which I hope will bring humanity to this tragedy.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It actually did. But 12 hours of slogging through this text just didn't do it for me, especially with this flat (not monotone, just flat) performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lev Golinkin
    • Narrated By Daniel Gamburg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Lev Golinkin's memoir is the vivid, darkly comic, and poignant story of a young boy in the confusing and often chilling final decade of the Soviet Union. It's also the story of Lev Golinkin, the American man who finally confronts his buried past by returning to Austria and Eastern Europe to track down the strangers who made his escape possible…. and thank them.

    Daryl says: "Touching, moving Memoir"
    "Touching, moving Memoir"
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    Would you listen to A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir again? Why?

    Definitely! I loved both the author and the narrator! They were both engaging, poignant and humorous in the right spots. I loved it


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole thing was a tgerrific read about identity, race, family, and perceptoin.


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

    I have not. My quibble with his performance is less about his narration and more about the post-production. The narrator was very good, but switches in audio quality - even mid-sentence - became incredibly distracting to an audiophile with a good set of headphones...


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

    Both! I laughed out loud in some places, and cried at some moving moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is less about Lev's journey to find the people who assisted him as a child, and more about his experiences as a refugee, then an immigrant; as a Jew and an anti-Semite. While this was not a bad thing, the publisher's description talks more about his journey to locate the people who assisted him.
    Terrific read, either way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls of Room 28: Friendship, Hope, and Survival in Theresienstadt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Hannelore Brenner
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    From 1942 to 1944, 12,000 children passed through the Theresienstadt internment camp on their way to Auschwitz. Only a few hundred of them survived the war. In the mid-1990s, German journalist Hannelore Brenner met 10 of these child survivors--women in their late 70s today. Weaving these interviews with excerpts from diaries that were kept secretly during the war and samples of the art, music, and poetry created at Theresienstadt, Brenner gives us an unprecedented picture of daily life there.

    Daryl says: "Beautiful yet Heartbreaking"
    "Beautiful yet Heartbreaking"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. It is the story of the Girls who lived in and passed through Room 28 at a concentration camp during WWII. It is both a hard book to read and a testament to the power of youth struggling to keep their innocence and having to grow up beyond their years.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked many of the characters. They were painted primarily with humanity and complexity.


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

    I have! This is a good performance in general and for Toren in particular


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many. It has several moving portions, both in their sadness and in their hope.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned many things in reading this book. I had NO idea that the Germans created certain concentration camps to act as the face of Jewish ghettos. Not all camps were houses of horror, but some were "better" than others.

    What a moving testament to youth, innocence, friendship and hope!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Anand Giridharadas
    • Narrated By Anand Giridharadas
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (79)
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    (79)

    The True American tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology. But days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. Two other victims, at other gas stations, aren't so lucky, dying at once. The True American traces the making of these two men, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and of their fateful encounter.

    TM says: "Worthy Listen"
    "Imporetant moving read"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the intertwining stories, what made these two men take the paths they did.


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

    It actually made me uncomfortable. What brought these men to this place? What are their families like now? While I cannot say that I would have made the decisions Rais did, I understand the place he came from. My Christian faith also extols forgiveness.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an important read. It does ask more questions than it answers, but I loved it for its messiness and non-preachy look at some pretty intense topics - nature vs. nurture, religion, terrorism, patriotism...
    Well worth your time and credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Laura Sobiech
    • Narrated By Amber Quick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (22)
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    (21)

    "Okay, Lord, you can have him. But if he must die, I want it to be for something big. I want someone’s life to be changed forever." This is what Laura Sobeich prayed when she found out her 17-year-old son had only one year to live. With this desperate prayer, she released her son to God’s will. At that point, Zach Sobiech was just another teenager battling cancer. When his mother told him to think about writing good-bye letters to family and friends, he decided instead to write songs. One of them, "Clouds", captured hearts and changed not one life but millions, making him an international sensation.

    tim says: "great story that brought me to tears!"
    "What an emotional, inspirational read!"
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    What did you love best about Fly a Little Higher?

    I loved the realism of this book. The Sobiech family tackled Zach's illness with realism, with their anger and pain and hope. It was so beautiful that I pulled up the songs and videos on Youtube.


    Which character – as performed by Amber Quick – was your favorite?

    Amber Quick embodied Laura Sobiech. Her voice is very similar, and while her dialogue is not strong, it isn't necessarily a bad thing.


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

    I almost did! It is emotional and gripping, a family coming to terms with a child, a brother, a friend, who is going to die, but chooses to live his life fully, to use music as a way to connect with his friends and family. No one expected the story Zach's life and music would have, with its raw, unrefined power. I enjoyed this book!


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked to have "Clouds"" in particular as a song along the book, but this is a minor quibble in an emotional roller-coaster that was not without hope.
    It is well worth watching the My Last Days videos on Youtube, which complement the lasting legacy of this close, real, strong family.
    Well worth the time and credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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