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Daryl

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  • Jesus Land: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Scheeres
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    Julia and her adopted brother, David, are sixteen-years-old. Julia is white. David is black. It is the mid-1980s and their family has just moved to rural Indiana, a landscape of cottonwood trees, trailer parks, and an all-encompassing racism. At home are a distant mother more involved with her church’s missionaries than her own children and a violent father.

    Susie says: "A Story of the Most Un-Christ-like Christians"
    "Jesus Land - unChristlike Christians"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book is a cautionary tale of how easy self-righteousness can go awry. The scars of hypocracy and double-standards can last a lifetime for society's innocent victims


    What other book might you compare Jesus Land to and why?

    I just finished Banished, by Lauren Drain, which parallels this book in many ways. Abuse of children, religious fervor, double standards (in Scheeres' case black children get beaten, white got spared). While both Drain and Scheeres have asked important questions about the rigid religious upbringing they endured, their paths have diverged in many ways. Scheeres, in subsequent interviews, has said she has no need for religion.


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

    I have never heard this narrator's performances before, but she was a perfect choice to narrate from the point of view of a teenage Julia Scheeres. I will definitely check out her other performances in future.


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

    Many portions made me angry. While the parents' intentions may not have been wrong, Scheeres father is cruel and her mother is cold and indifferent to her family. As someone who personally holds some of the same beliefs as Scheeres' parents' ascribe to, their cruelty, indifference, and hypocracy makes many Christians look bad.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will make you sad and angry... the only caution I will give is this: please remember that not all Christians are like the hellish parents in this biography

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fragile World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Paula Treick DeBoard
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Will Damron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    The Kaufmans have always considered themselves a normal, happy family. Curtis is a physics teacher at a local high school. His wife, Kathleen, restores furniture for upscale boutiques. Daniel is away at college on a prestigious music scholarship, and 12-year-old Olivia is a happy-go-lucky kid whose biggest concern is passing her next math test. And then comes the middle-of-the-night phone call that changes everything.

    LD82 says: "SO glad I heeded Audible's Recommendation!"
    "A fragile excursion of Self-discovery"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fragile World to be better than the print version?

    Not really. The narrators were good, but did not elevate this audiobook to epic status


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cristina Henríquez
    • Narrated By Various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    A boy and a girl who fall in love. Two families whose hopes collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American. Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a terrible injury, one that casts doubt on whether she’ll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel can get better.

    Beth Anne says: "interesting view into the immigrant experience"
    "Beautiful look at the Immigrant experience"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Book of Unknown Americans the most enjoyable?

    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.


    If you could take any character from The Book of Unknown Americans out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (778)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "I Couldn't Finish"
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    Any additional comments?

    I found this book was not compulsively readable, contrary to the previous reviews. Perhaps because this was related directly to the American financial system, or the author's constant bragging how smart he is and how we, his readers, shouldn't bother trying to understand complex concepts, but I got about 1.5 hours through it and just couldn't finish. I wish I could say this book is as awesome as other reviewers hve stated it is... unfortunately, I cannot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blue Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kim Kelly
    • Narrated By Zoe Ellerton-Ashley, James Harvy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The week before Christmas, 1929, Eoghan O'Keenan loses his factory job, and has to flee the slums of Chippendale with his seven-year-old sister Agnes. On the north side of Sydney at Lavender Bay, Olivia Greene is working on her latest millinery creations and dreaming of becoming the next Coco Chanel. A job on the Harbour Bridge for Eoghan, designing couture for the Governor's wife for Olivia, and a chance meeting in the Botanic Gardens sees the beginning of an unconventional romance.

    Daryl says: "Unforgetable period piece, pitch-perfect narration"
    "Unforgetable period piece, pitch-perfect narration"
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    Would you listen to The Blue Mile again? Why?

    Definitely! I have always been fascinated by the Great Depression, what people did to survive, the hope in the hopeless shanty towns, picking up and starting again. But I was never made aware of Australia's own history at that time. Throw in a terrific performance, a beautiful complex love story, and the urgency it all evokes... this is a fantastic novel.


    Which character – as performed by Zoe Ellerton-Ashley and James Harvy – was your favorite?

    Both narrators embodied their characters - Harvy depicted Eoghan's desperation, his hope, his love; Ellerton-Ashley was whimsical and somewhat flighty and over-dramatic, which were all required by Olivia's character. I want more from both these narrators; unfortunately, at this time, Audible does not have further offerings from either of them.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No distance too Far


    Any additional comments?

    Using the bridge as a symbol to cross the distance in class, social standing, religion between Olivia and Eoghan... beautiful depiction! From the opening scene where Eoghan is fired from his job and goes home drunk, hoping that his father won't be there to tan him for getting sacked... to the completion of the bridge's construction and the resulting joblessness and hopelessness... this is a beautiful, emotional snapshot of a time and place unknown to me.
    Perhaps it ends a bit too neatly, but no other time period could have made it all work. The ending might have made me give the book 4 stars, but I loved the book too much for that. I plan on reading Kim Kelly's other novels soon!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Garden of Burning Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Corban Addison
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    On a dark night in Lusaka, Zambia, an adolescent girl is brutally assaulted. In shock, she cannot speak. Her identity is a mystery. Where did she come from? Was the attack a random street crime or a premeditated act? The girl's case is taken up by Zoe Fleming, a human rights lawyer working in Africa. A betrayal in her own past gives the girl's plight a special resonance for Zoe, and she is determined to find the perpetrator and seek justice. Also investigating on behalf of the Zambian police is Joseph Kabuta. At first reluctant to work together, they team up.

    Daryl says: "Good book by a Talented author"
    "Good book by a Talented author"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Garden of Burning Sand the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this book for many of the same reasons as Corban Addison's previous book, "A Walk Across the Sun": a global issue, a foreign country, the underdog crusading for justice, flawed but not hopeless characters, descriptive writing. The same things I disliked about AWATS are present here: a few too many coincidences, the crusaders seem to be wealthy people saving the world. Overall, I did enjoy this book.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?

    Robin Miles is generally a strong narrator. This is a good performance, but not her best offering.


    Any additional comments?

    Corban Addison has a way of putting human faces onto global issues - trafficking, corruption, AIDS, rape. If the story did not rely on affluence and coincidence, it would be a 5-star listen. As it stands, it is a gritty, real, yet not hopeless look at life in Africa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Suki Kim
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields - except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST).

    Michael says: "The King and I meets Mary Poppins"
    "Unforgetable glimpses"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Without You, There Is No Us to be better than the print version?

    Probably. I enjoyed Janet Song's performance in this book. I am not familiar with many of her performances, but as a biography she narrated it terrifically!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Without You, There Is No Us?

    When Suki left the school to go back the the United States, the bittersweet non-farewell amongst the hope that her students would see her and her other teachers off.


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

    Both, in places. Since such a culture as North Korea involves duplicity on many levels, and Suki's position in particular adds another layer, it made me angry that one's life or livelihood or family is at stake for even one slip-up... It was difficult to read.


    Any additional comments?

    I read Barbara Demick's "Nothing to Envy" several years ago, and have been captivated by North Korea ever since. Both of these books capture different aspects of North Korean life, almost acting as continuations of each other. Both are worthwhile reads in their own right; Demick's journalistic eye and Kim's autobiography, before or after deaths of leaders, lives of peasants and schooling of the elite. You almost can't read one without the other, but they both stand on their own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Oak Leaves

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Maureen Lang
    • Narrated By Anne Pepperidge Pepperidge, Beth Gulbrandsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Talie Ingram is blessed with a devoted husband, a precious toddler, and a baby on the way. But her ideal world unravels when she uncovers a shocking family secret in the 19th-century journal of her British relative Cosima Escott. Only by reading Cosima's words can Talie make peace with the sobering legacy she has inherited - and already passed on.

    Dana C. Nicolay says: "An inpirational story of Faith, Hope and Love"
    "Beautiful story, passible narration"
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Anne Pepperidge Pepperidge and Beth Gulbrandsen ?

    Beth Gulbrandsen, yes; Anne Pepperidge, no. Pepperidge's delivery is flat and emotionless, and I almost gave up on this book due to it. Thankfully, Beth Gulbrandsen's narration of the historical portions carried this book through.


    Any additional comments?

    This book sheds light on a topic that, during Victorian times, was shut away and hidden. Developmental delays were considered a curse, a family's sin. A contemporary woman is dealing with a generic disorder that causes developmental and physical challenges, and discovers a journal written by a distant relative whose family line contains many boys who have these delays.


    By far, the historical portions, the journal, those characters were much more fleshed out than the contemporary one. perhaps this is due to Anne Pepperidge's flat delivery, but I found myself skipping through Talie's struggle to get to Cosema's story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (678)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "Powerful, difficult, inspiring"
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    What made the experience of listening to Behind the Beautiful Forevers the most enjoyable?

    I wouldn't call reading this book "enjoyable" in the sense of a happy book, or even a good sad fictionalized account; these are real people dealing with real poverty. But it was written in such a way that you could see the huts and taste the dust and feel like you knew the people who lived in these pages.


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

    His narration is understated and well-suited to the book's subject matter.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a well-written narrative about 5 people living in one of India's slums - their hopes, dreams, successes, and failures. A comment was made that no one in the book asked if they were happy; survival took on too much time for them to worry about happiness.
    The author's epilogue added an extra personal adendum to these pages. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Kept Secret: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Amy Hatvany
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Cadence didn't sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea. Her drinking snuck up on her - as a way to sleep, to help her relax after a long day, to relieve some of the stress of the painful divorce that's left her struggling to make ends meet with her five-year-old son Charlie. It wasn't always like this. Just a few years ago, Cadence seemed to have it all - a successful husband, an adorable son, and a promising career as a freelance journalist.

    Tina Garcia says: "amazing book!"
    "A little too much emotional handwringing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I like some aspects of this book, and disliked others. But at the end of the day it just moved along with emotions, not plot...


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed Cadence's growth as a character, as she slowly let others into her world. But it really just wound up going back and forth and back and forth with her feelings and emotions, and those of other characters, without really moving along with a continuous plot.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She did very well, overall. Her dialogue was OK, her emotions were great... perhaps because there were passages spoken by a child, she used a high-pitched whiny voice that I didn't like much..


    Any additional comments?

    I picked up and put down this book several times, and ultimately couldn't finish it.... I probably won't read more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Forrest Pritchard
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (160)

    One fateful day in 1996, after discovering that five freight cars' worth of glittering corn have reaped a tiny profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard vows to save his family's farm. What ensues-through hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful local characters-is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. Pritchard's biggest ally is his renegade father, who initially questions his son's career choice and rejects organic foods for sugary mainstream fare.

    Sweetbay says: "Loved it! I wanted it to go on further"
    "Terrific journey to the Farm!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gaining Ground to be better than the print version?

    Hard to say. Roger Wayne didn't take anything away from Pritchard's fantastic narrative, but he did not add to it, either. For the most part, the narration was terrific, though there are a few odd places where the emphasis was misplaced, or the tone was off. I would recommend it to audiobook readers, or those who choose to read the print book... but the performance doesn't make me scream out, "You HAVE to listen to this in audio!"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Forrest and his family. Forrest for his grim determination, for falling and getting back up... again and again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book! As someone who receives their beef, chickens and pork raised in this manner, it was an illuminating expose into the life of a farmer, particularly one who is attempting to reinvent the wheel. Forrest is up-front about his mistakes along the way, and presents a compelling - though not preachy - look at "old-school" farming.
    Terrific book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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