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.
When Jang Jin-Sung went back to his home town and saw how everyday Koreans were living. It was so hard to read about a privileged man being shown a side of his country so openly threatening to its people.
I haven't. He was a good narrator, but some of his dialogue had this loud gravelly quality that was quite obnoxious. But overall it was a good performance
An important look at one man's coming to terms with his country and his leader, how he survived, both alone and aided by others.
I hope he writes a subsequent book about his life after the escape.
I enjoyed this book. The coming-of-age of the author as she tries to understand why her grandparents refused to speak to each other for over 50 years was both moving and unique. I laughed and cried in places, and loved that the author narrated this book herself. I could picture Both of Miranda's grandparents, their feisty desire for her to both remember and let go, to love and to hold at arm's length. The dilapidated house was a terrific symbol of hope, of ruin, of renewal and disappointment.
A well-written, well-read biography, both of the author and of her grandparents themselves.
I enjoyed this book by Ann Rule. She did a good job putting the pieces together and kept me interested, even though I pretty much knew what happened and why. The ending was disappointed, but that wasn't Ms. Rule's fault.
Barbara Caruso did an excellent job narrationg this book; she is normally a hit-or-miss narrator, but this one was well-narrated.
Probably not. This is not Frank Muller's best Grisham performance (I reserve that for "The Runaway Jury" or "The Rainmaker"), but it is a good audiobook nonetheless. This performance doesn't really enhance or detract from the story itself
I found many of the characters unlikeable, but I did like Nate and Jevvy, two people trying to gain or regain their footing and discover their place in the world. I found Rachel a bit too good to be true, but that's just me.
Yes! As stated above, "The Runaway Jury" and "The Rainmaker" really displayed his talents much better than this book. That being said, Frank Muller on a bad day is better than many narrators at their "best".
This is a good light read, a bit of a departure from Grisham's tales with FBI agents and coverups. But it was still a good read with an interesting setting. It doesn't move as quickly as some of his other books, but is still worth your time and credit.
Definitely! I know many who are greatly interested in WWI history, and this book is a comprehensive look at Gallipoli. In my part of the world, much is made of the Canadian involvement in WWI itself, but I had only heard of Gallipoli and Anzac Day from Australian novels that I have read.
The performance was also welcome. It was neither monotone nor over-dramatic, and I do hope to check out more from Mr. Meldrum.
Don't let the length of this book deter you! It is a highly compelling, well-rounded narrative, by turns personal and universal. Well worth the read!
This book describes in many ways why American race relations are the way they are. With the most recent actions in Ferguson and New York City, I found myself confused why race was being made such an issue. Ms. Alexander describes how easily racial discrimination still exists. She does not excuse criminal behavior itself, but does explain how racial profiling and racial inequality have lead to a disproportionate number of people of colour in the prison system. Small offenses of drug possession can literally ruin a black man's life with a criminal conviction leading to homelessness or joblessness, but his white compatriot is more likely to receive preferential treatment.
I almost did. This book changed my outlook on racial relations. I now have a better understanding of people in poor black communities, and why there is so much anger.
This book is well worth the read. I am a white Canadian, so have very little exposure to the racial politics present in this book. It details all the complicated ways in which black men and women are searched, charged and convicted of crimes, which often lead to joblessness ("have you ever been convicted of a crime?") and homelessness (no crims in public housing), and how the cycle continues. The author, I believe, is a lawyer, so she presents her case convincingly, occasionally repetitive, but ultimately compeling and readable.
And to say nothing of the narrator! I discovered Karen Chilton initially when I read "I've got A Home IN Glory Land", and was thrilled to discover that she narrates "The New Jim crow" (a book I purchased months before Glory Land).
This book and performance are well worth the read, and - if you have an open mind - will change the way you view the American criminal justice and political systems.
I would. It is important to understand the origins of Islam, especially with so many fringe groups claiming to "get back to the basics" of the faith. Tamim Ansary takes a critical look at the history of the world, particularly as it pertains to the faith he claims as his own. He neither justifies some of the brutal acts perpetrated nor entirely demonizes the West, but explains in compulsively readable prose how we have reached the point we're at in world history.
I felt like we were sitting across a Starbucks table, discussing faith and life. His voice was perfectly suited to this volume.
I enjoyed this book. While I do not share his faith, I have nothing but respect for the author's conclusions. Unfortunately it does not seem to offer any solutions for the current political climate in which we find ourselves (the news in Canada is nearly daily describing families whose relatives are traveling abroad to fight with ISIS in Syria and Iraq). But perhaps if we understand how we have reached this point, we can welcome our peace-loving Muslim neighbors, coworkers and teammates with open arms.
I found the shifts back and forth quite confusing. First-person, third-person, Maggie, Lukshmi, Peter... and with one narrator - even one as talented as Sneha Mathan - it was just too hard to follow.
I also found that not only did I not like any of the characters, I couldn't wrap my head around their motivations.
"Rose Under Fire" by Elizabeth Wein
I tried to like this book, and in some ways I did, but at the end of the day I just lost interest and didn't care anymore.
Not really. The narrators were good, but did not elevate this audiobook to epic status
I enjoyed the growth of the characters. The things that bound them together ultimately tore them apart. But they grew over the course of the book, growing and stretching and expanding their horizons and their ideas about each other and about Daniel's death.
I liked this book a lot! Books where characters grow and change make me happy to be a reader. I didn't see the end coming!
I think I prefer DeBoard's other novel, "The Morning Hours", but this book is a great literary work.
I loved this look into the lives of several Latin American immigrants to the United States. It is primarily about two families, with stories of friends and neighbors adding depth and complexity to their tale. Someone described it as "teen lit", but I disagree; it addresses universal themes of identity, belonging, finding home, and expectations. It can appeal to teenagers, as two of the main characters are 15-16 years old, but it is by no means strictly targeted at teenagers.
I would take Alma out to dinner. She obviously loves Maribel so much, but her love can sometimes be viewed as stifling. I would give her a big hug and tell her that Maribel may not be able to process things "normally", but she is a woman, with dreams and hopes, who just may not be able to articulate them.
This book is beautiful, with threads of hope, despair, love, and belonging. the narration is wonderful, with some narrators stronger than others.
A well worthwhile read!
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