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Elizabeth Gutteridge

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  • The Invention of Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    From the celebrated author of the international bes tseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women. Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift.

    Sara says: "Those Ahead Of Their Time"
    "Intelligent, provocative story"
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    Would you listen to The Invention of Wings again? Why?

    Yes - there is depth and complexity in the historical narrative and the character development that is likely to reveal more on a second listening. The cultural issues it explores (race, gender & class inequities) still impact Western society, if less explicitly. It is also very well written and read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters are drawn with depth, and even the less heroic or likeable characters play thoughfully against the main protagonists.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Golden Earrings

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (219)

    Catalina, grand-daughter of Spanish refugees, is a disciplined student with the School of the Paris Opera Ballet. Little gets inthe way of her career until the visit of an otherworldly being, who leaves her a mysterious pair of golden earrings. Given a quest, Catalina realises she must explore her own Spanish heritage and makes the connection between the visitor and ‘La Rusa’, a young Andalusian flamenco star. La Rusa died in exile in Paris in 1952, her death ruled as suicide. But as Catalina begins to discover, there were those in the community, who had good reason for wanting La Rusa dead.

    Paddington says: "Fabulous story"
    "Engrossing story."
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    If you could sum up Golden Earrings in three words, what would they be?

    History, family, insight.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paloma's grandmother, who was loving, forgiving and protective, was for me the crux of the story that unfoded for Paloma.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The French accents were good. The switches between Spanish and French 'voices' were poor, often not changing when the character changed, then changing part way through. The underlying Australian accent intruded at times, like another character that had no identity.


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

    The dance of history.


    Any additional comments?

    The recording should have been more carefully edited and polished regarding the 'voices' of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3667)
    Performance
    (2423)
    Story
    (2446)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Fabulous, provocative writing."
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    Would you listen to The Poisonwood Bible again? Why?

    Yes yes yes. Such a big story of many lives. Such a skillful way to pose many deep human questions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poisonwood Bible?

    Brother Fowles & his wife. Flouting Christian convention but living compassion meaningfully by integrating with the local way of life.


    What about Dean Robertson’s performance did you like?

    Very well paced. Appropriate Southern accents.


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

    It made my heart heavy for the way colonization and greed have damaged lands and peoples. The aching question: how can we do these thing to each other, and ultimately, ourselves?


    Any additional comments?

    Possibly the final part of the story was just a little too long, but I would need to listen again to get that clear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Cope
    • Narrated By Philip Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Guided by a Kazakh aphorism - "To understand the wolf, you must put the skin of a wolf on and look through its eyes" - adventurer Tim Cope undertook a journey not successfully completed since the days of Genghis Khan: He traveled by horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from the ancient capital of Mongolia to the Danube River in Hungary.

    Marci says: "Fascinating, inspiring story"
    "Interesting subject, not well written"
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    What disappointed you about On the Trail of Genghis Khan?

    A long story told by a writer with very limited skill. It probably would have been better in the series of documentaries, where the scenery, absent in audio, would have made up for the deficits.


    Has On the Trail of Genghis Khan turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader should have been Australian. It was the wrong voice for the narrative.


    What character would you cut from On the Trail of Genghis Khan?

    Not relevant.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator), Agnete Friis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (501)

    Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend, Karin, leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet.

    Howard says: "Not your next Scandinavian export."
    "Fascinating story but the reader...."
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    Would you try another book from Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator) and Agnete Friis and/or Katherine Kellgren?

    Lene Kaaberbøl wrote a fascinating, intricate, well constructed story. I would be very interested to read other books by her.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The characters were complex and multidimensional, and in the context of a great thriller, created a deeply human enquiry into the tensions between what people value.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sadly (big sigh), the reader attempted to deliver a regional accent that was inauthentic, inappropriate and VERY INCONSISTENT. There were occasions when I stopped listening because it was so gratingly bad. I think it would have been far better if she had used her normal speaking voice. It would then have been a foreign story read by an American, rather then a fascinating European story read by someone who had no authentic knowledge of a Danish accent and badly mangled imagined English accents by way of substitution. Katherine Kellgren may perform an American story well, but on the basis of this performance I would avoid listening to another book read by her.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (494)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "A rich challenge to how we live & think."
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    What made the experience of listening to Breakfast with Buddha the most enjoyable?

    The tension of Otto's beliefs about how he should live (a successful decent American life) began to expand and unwind in the course of a resisted journey with 'Rinpoche' that kept gently, skillfully and humorously confounding him.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breakfast with Buddha?

    All the improbabilities of the plot were great expressions of the characters. The tensions played well against the reliefs.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    The reading was done very well.


    Who was the most memorable character of Breakfast with Buddha and why?

    All the core characters acquired 'flesh' and significance.


    Any additional comments?

    However, I found Otto's very last action in the story a disappointing crescendo to the dance of challenges that 'Rinpoche' had repeatedly posed to his beliefs. This accounts for the lost star.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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