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Emily

Thetford Ctr., VT, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Natasha Solomons
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    At the start of World War II, Jack and Sadie Rosenblum flee Berlin for London with their baby daughter, Elizabeth. Upon arrival, Jack receives a pamphlet from the German Jewish Aid Committee on how to act like a proper Englishman. He follows it to the letter -Saville Row suits, the BBC, trips to Covent Garden, a Jaguar - and it works like a charm. The Rosenblums settle into a prosperous new life.

    Emily says: "Endearing"
    "Endearing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English the most enjoyable?

    About a Jewish man and his wife who emigrate to England from Berlin in the 30's, barely ahead of the Nazis. The sub-text story is about cultural contrasts, the immigrant experience, anti-semitism, and the devastating losses of European Jews whose families stayed behind. It is told in a charming style, not over-bearing, a little slow at times. Ultimately about redemption, love, and kindness. Narration was excellent.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2908)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1087)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Makes an unattractive protaganonist a hero"
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    The story is presented alternating between the present and in the past by Smithy Ide about his life growing up with a severely schizophrenic sister (although no diagnosis ever named) in East Providence, RI in the mid-1960's. Smithy has lived the unexamined life into his early 40's. A family tragedy propels him on an initially unplanned cross-country bike ride across the country in which he loses himself (his accumulated mental indifference and physical fat) and finds himself (gains insights into himself, his family and reaquires his boyhood fitness as a runner). I enjoyed the character although sometimes he seemed too innocent or obtuse to be believable. I also wondered if the writer has a basic resentment about mental health providers or if the understanding about schizophrenia has progressed so much since that time period -- since the people who allegedly provide treatment to the sister are largely incompetent and entirely self-preoccupied. The people and experiences Smithy encounters and the stories he tells are engaging. The narrator, who is also the writer, does a nice job. Enjoyed this book despite some frustrations when you want to say to the character: Oh come on! You can't be that naive!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1471)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (714)

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "A lesser known English queen"
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    What made the experience of listening to Innocent Traitor the most enjoyable?

    Historic story well told about the woman who is manipulated into being queen for a few days. It definitely makes you care about a historic figure who is nowhere as well known as other women of the same period, including Queens Elizabeth and Mary (and Henry's multiple wives). Even knowing how it turns out, the story holds up to the end. Well narrated.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Filth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (370)

    FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.

    Michele says: "A Great Read, matched by a Great Reader"
    "Charming"
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    If you liked Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, you'll like this, although it is a bit more serious. About an elderly widower and his life, told in the present and through flashback, as a "raj orphan."

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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