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David and Shoshana Cooper

This account mainly belongs to Shoshana Cooper, but as Audible has forced us to combine our account with our Amazon account, it has placed my loving husband's name on my reviews.

Brooklyn, NY USA | Member Since 2014

  • 6 reviews
  • 20 ratings
  • 359 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Engaging Story"

    In reality, I would probably deduct one half a star for a little bit of poor editing in the book and for the didactic reflections at the end of many chapters. But, I really did enjoy the book. The story was amazing, although it is not clear where is the line between fiction and the life story of the author. I enjoyed learning about a time and place I knew nothing about and the narration was outstanding. This book has sold over 3 million copies world wide, but has not received much attention in the US. There is even a movie version out there. I also liked the way the book was really several different stories and settings as the protagonist's life changed as he matured.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf in White Van

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Darnielle
    • Narrated By John Darnielle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined.

    Steve says: "Breathtaking, expected and unexpected."
    "cerebral yet emotionally intense"
    Any additional comments?

    4.5 rounded up to 5. The handsomely written at times cerebral yet emotionally intense narrative is told in reverse chronological order with flashbacks that anticipate events ahead or behind depending on one's temporal perspective by Sean Phillips, a reclusive young adult first person narrator whose face is disfigured by a youthful mishap and who is the author of a text based role-playing game whose instructions for each move or turn he mails to paying subscribers in an age before personal computers. When a pair of subscribers take the fantasy game literally one of them dies and Sean is sued. Gaming becomes a metaphor for free will vs. fate in a work of fiction that is also a meditation on depression, despair, and self-destructive impulses. Suicide survivors might want to skip this one. Well narrated by the author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zeitoun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

    Darwin8u says: "Something bold, ebullient, yet quiet"
    "Important story that could be told better"

    I cannot believe this happened in America. The narration is a little weak and the story could be more fluid. However, this is a story that needed to be told and is so amazing that these flaws are almost forgotton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster's 15th novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when 20-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girlfriend, Margot. Before long, Walker finds himself caught in a perverse triangle that leads to a sudden, shocking act of violence that will alter the course of his life.

    David and Shoshana Cooper says: "One of Auster's Best"
    "One of Auster's Best"

    I am a big fan of Paul Auster and this is one of his best books. It is not quite as dark as some of his other novels and the story is revealed in an intriguing manner. Unlike most novelist, Auster narrates his own book and I really enjoy his deep voice. (In fact after listening to Brooklyn Follies, I read some other books of his and I could hear his voice telling me the story.)
    The characters are complex and without giving away the ending, I will say that it ties up enough of the story without seeming to be contrived. I highly recommend this engaging book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hadassah: One Night with the King

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tommy Tenney, Mark Andrew Olsen
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Best-selling author and inspirational speaker Tommy Tenney teams with Mark Andrew Olsen to deliver a mesmerizing tale of historical fiction. Favorably compared to Anita Diamant's The Red Tent for its unexpected plot twists, Hadassah is the fictional account of the Bible's Esther, the Jewish peasant girl who became queen of Persia.

    Anita says: "Suprisingly good"
    "Not a Jewish outlook."

    Although this book does follow the text of the book of Esther and tries to answer some missing questions, it does not appear that the authors did much research in the Jewish commentaries of the book or on the observance of Purim. I particularly disliked the continued references to the sign of the twisted cross, an obvious attempt to connect Haman with the Nazis. I also disliked calling the capital Susa instead of Susan and the mispronunciation of Vashti's name.
    However, there was at least one midrash (about Haman's daughter) that was included and I did like the adding of the historical context. It was a little weird to hear about Esther and Xerxes instead of Esther and Ahasuerus, but I understand that. I also found it interesting the development of characters that are only briefly mentioned in the Megillah. (But again, the midrash that one of the characters was really Haman is ignored.)
    I had hoped that this book would be appropriate for our synagogue book group, but I cannot recommend it. But it has motivated me to learn more about traditional midrashim about Esther.
    Also, the comparison to "The Red Tent" falls very short because of the book's perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Certain Girls

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk, Zoe Kazan

    The last decade of Cannie's life has brought some surprises. Her life story, in fictional form, became an unexpected best-seller, and Cannie has since choosen to retreat from fame's fallout, writing science fiction under a pen name. Her daughter, Joy, has descended into the throes of moody adolescence, just in time for her bat mitzvah.

    David and Shoshana Cooper says: "Not nearly as good as first book"
    "Not nearly as good as first book"

    I loved "Good in Bed," and I could not wait for the sequel. While it was fun to find out what happened to Cannie and Joy, "Certain Girls" was a disappointment. This new book was not nearly as engaging and the plot did not move as smoothly, nor was it particularly original.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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