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Jacqueline

Bramwell, West Virginia, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (783)

    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

    Elisabeth says: "Like peeping through your fingers at a car wreck"
    "Liberals' wet dream"
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Glass Castle?

    The first ten sentences belong totally in the world of fantasy.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not by this author.


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

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at the company who paid her for her "memoir".


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mill on the Floss

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (78)

    The Mill on the Floss, first published in 1860, tells the story of Maggie Tulliver and her brother Tom as they grow from children to young adults in the small rural town of St. Ogg's, England. Intelligent and passionate, Maggie yearns to develop her mind and break free of the constraints of her provincial village. Though she loves her brother above anyone else, Tom's rigid, pragmatic personality often conflicts with Maggie's headstrong nature, with increasingly tragic consequences.

    Wendy says: "Wanda McCaddon is amazing"
    "Mill on the Floss"
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    Performance
    Story
    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. See below.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the bucolic title and setting, the recording was apparently accelerated to the point of hardly being able to follow it. It was probably not the narrator's doing. The producer probably wanted to save on recording time, a not unreasonable desire. However, it detracted significantly from my enjoyment of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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