I enjoyed learning about the plight of women in Afghanistan under the Taliban. I never knew much about Afghanis before, and this book provided a human side to their struggle. The look into their culture was very enlightening, and given what the females had to endure and the risks they took, the courage of these women were amazing to me. It made me realize how valuable some of the everday things are that I take for granted - like being able to go out in public alone and in whatever I choose to wear, go wherever I want to, talk to whoever I want to, etc. I cannot imagine being plucked out of a university program just because the government decides that women do not deserve to be educated. I was also appalled to read about the women having to be treated at female-only hospitals; in addition to not having proper medication and equipment, the female doctors could not even consult with their male colleagues. I was also very surprised to hear how progressive and educated this country was before the Taliban - I never realized that before. Not only was the story a good one, but it was also educational for me.
I thought that the first half of the book was a bit tedious; however I'm glad that I stuck with it, as I found the second half much more entertaining. The narration was quite good as well. I don't think I would have stuck with the story in printed form, so audio was a better format choice for me.
I liked this short story. The characters were definitely unique and the "story within a story" concept worked in this case. I also liked how the two stories converged at the end.
The narration was very good. I recommend this in audio format; the narrator did a good job conveying the eerie appearance of the doctor in the middle of the story telling scene.
This was one of those stories where you don't realize how good it is until you are near the end. I was completely surprised by the twist at the end. This was very well written and entertaining; the story worked well on audio.
This was my first listening experience with Poe's stories and it was quite enjoyable. I enjoyed revisiting these tales and the narration added to the eerie quality!
This was just okay for me. I wasn't thrilled with the narration; the change between chapters was too raps and while I get the child's voice was supposed to be annoying, it grated on me. The mystery was average. On the positive side, the author gives a plug to rescue dogs, which is always a good thing!!!
This was a free holiday gift from Audible. I am probably the only person who never saw Frozen, which I hear is based on this story. I enjoyed this short fable and the characters. Listening to it in the coldest winter on record here and hearing about the warmth after being in the Snow Queen's palace made me feel hopeful that our spring is right around the corner as well!!
I must be missing what everyone else sees in these stories. They are just ok for me; it's not the dark aspect of human nature that is bothering me, but rather, the characters all seem to me to be spineless whiners. Maybe its because I'm reading the entire collection of stories at once, but it seems redundant and tiresome to me. I liked four stories more than the others: Everything That Rises Must Converge, Greenleaf, The Lame Shall Enter First and Revelation. The narration was very good; I liked having four different narrators, which was a nice change of pace between stories.
This was a Valentine's Day freebie from Audible, although I listened to it well past the day of love! Poetry, much less love poems, is not my genre (hence the reason I don't have a shelf for it), but I figured it was free and it was less than 25 minutes, so why not? I'm glad I listened to it; the length was perfect for my commute home and Richard Armitage was much more pleasant to listen to than the crappy radio stations in our area. I particularly liked "Annabelle Lee" by Poe.
I'm ashamed to admit that I had never read anything by Salinger before so I thought these short stories would be a good introduction to his work. I definitely enjoyed all three and was pleased that all three were completely different. The narration was very good and easy to listen to.
This was a holiday freebie from Audible that I am just getting around to in March! There is still plenty of snow on the ground where I live so it wasn't hard to get in the spirit of the stories! I had never read any of these before and I enjoyed them all. The third one about Mr. Berman's masterpiece was my favorite by far! Thanks for the gift Audible!!!
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