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Ellen

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Long Island | Member Since 2013

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  • Songs of Willow Frost: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Ryan Gesell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday - or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday - William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song. Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte.

    Ellen says: "Interesting era"
    "Interesting era"
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    What made the experience of listening to Songs of Willow Frost the most enjoyable?

    What made the experience so enjoyable was the narration in various voices. It made it sound like the main character was rebelling his life story to me.


    What other book might you compare Songs of Willow Frost to and why?

    None that I had read yet.


    What about Ryan Gesell’s performance did you like?

    Phew made it easy to listen to and feel involved.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was very interesting and I would,recommend it to everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yellow Crocus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laila Ibrahim
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (682)

    Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

    Elizabeth says: "Completely Enjoyable"
    "Never under estimate the power of love"
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    What made the experience of listening to Yellow Crocus the most enjoyable?

    What made this experience of listening to this story is the fact that Mattie a slave on the Fair Oaks estate loved with her whole heart baby Lisbeth. She was the slave that raised Lisbeth from when she was a new born, and treated her like she would have treated her own son who was also born near the same time, and hoped that he was loved the same way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yellow Crocus?

    The most memorable point of the story is at the end.....I don't want to spoil it. But it goes with the synchronicity of life, and when you do things with pure love with no malice, you are rewarded as life goes on.


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

    No I haven't listened to any other story she wrote.


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

    Made me tear up a bit at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    This author uses different voices for her reading, and it was very pleasant. Other stories I have read with the same trend, they weren't good at all. This narrator has made listening to this story a pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Luck of Right Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    For 38 years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday Mass, and the library learn how to fly? Bartholomew thinks he's found a clue when he discovers a "Free Tibet" letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother's underwear drawer. In her final days, Mom called him Richard - there must be a cosmic connection.

    JoAnn says: "AMAZING"
    "Meditation is everywhere"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Good Luck of Right Now to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I love listening to the various voices of the characters. I love the author talking in first person .


    What did you like best about this story?

    The quirkiness of this story keep me entertained. I also like that the main character did a form of meditation as he wrote his letter to Richard Gere. The story stayed with me.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    I love how he changed his tone for each person. Especially Max and father mac inally.


    If you could rename The Good Luck of Right Now, what would you call it?

    When god closes a door he always opens a window! Keep on the look out for it!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a quirky story of a man who only cares for his mother. His mother pass away, and thru a few various circumstances, he meets people who help him grow up and heal his grieving of his mother.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ladies' Delight (Classic Serial)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By David Hargreaves
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    By Emile Zola. Dramatised by Carine Adler. Business, ambition and fashion all collide in Zola's colourful love story. Set in the hustle and excitement of the expansion of one of Paris' first department stores. Episode 1: When innocent provincial girl Denise arrives in Paris, she quickly catches the eye of the notorious seducer of women, Octave Mouret. Despite her uncle's disapproval, Denise accepts a job at Mouret's ever expanding department store The Ladies' Delight.

    Ellen says: "Smidgen disappointment"
    "Smidgen disappointment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to a friend because it follows the pbs masterpiece show.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The narration was a bit hard to follow.


    What three words best describe David Hargreaves’s performance?

    Hard to follow.


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

    Not at all


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, short and sweet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Redbird Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    With the same incomparable style and warm, inviting voice that have made her beloved by millions of readers far and wide, New York Times best-selling author Fannie Flagg has written an enchanting Christmas story of faith and hope for all ages that is sure to become a classic.

    Sara says: "A sad bittersweet story"
    "Warm fuzzies for Christmas"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Redbird Christmas to be better than the print version?

    I loved Fannie Flagg narrating this story. It is a feel good story and give you the warm fuzzies for sure!


    What other book might you compare A Redbird Christmas to and why?

    Fannie Flaggs other books.


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

    Her narration in the accent of the area the story takes place.


    If you could rename A Redbird Christmas, what would you call it?

    Found love for the unexpected


    Any additional comments?

    This book I listen to over and over. It is a sweet story about a place down south where everyone gets along and the weather is so wonderful. It is just a christmas feel,good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8209)
    Performance
    (7396)
    Story
    (7403)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "What a story!"
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    Where does The Invention of Wings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number one in books I have listened to!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved this story's history and how it related to the story. I was especially happy to hear it from both characters, their life and how it all pulled together at the end.


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

    Loved the narration and character voices they used for both parts. The stammering of Sarah Grimke was excellent!


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

    Yes, I did want to listen in one seating.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story based on fact. I learned something's about slavery that I didn't know, or read about in our history books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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