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Jenia

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  • The Last Runaway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (159)

    In best-selling author Tracy Chevalier’s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.

    Tom says: "unjustified perseverance got me through"
    "Just okay"
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    Story
    What would have made The Last Runaway better?

    This one is quite boring in my opinion. It's not stirring any kind of emotion in me, it's just something to listen too, and compared to some of the other slave type stories it's just not very good.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

    Some what computer like


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Runaway?

    The long scene about quilting


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Margaret Cezair-Thompson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Margaret Cezair-Thompson's second novel is a hit with book clubs across the country. A moving tale of discovery and reconciliation, The Pirate's Daughter follows a mother and daughter struggling with a difficult legacy. Living in tropical Jamaica, adventurous Ida dreams of a place outside of her small island town. And her 26-year-old daughter May - the illegitimate offspring of legendary actor and notorious playboy Errol Flynn - searches for an identity of her own.

    Apple says: "Intriguing!"
    "Good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Pirate's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pirate's Daughter?

    When she came face to face with her father.


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

    One of the best


    If you could take any character from The Pirate's Daughter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6898)
    Performance
    (4865)
    Story
    (4854)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Good one!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Kitchen House in three words, what would they be?

    Attention-grabbing
    Profound
    Engaging


    What did you like best about this story?

    The back story of the slaves devotion to the masters family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The murder cover up


    If you could rename The Kitchen House, what would you call it?

    Secrets of the big house


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Day to Pick Your Own Cotton

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Phillips
    • Narrated By Susan Spain
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Mayme and Katie have become friends, which is unusual given that their friendship has spouted at the end of the Civil War and that Mayme is a former slave, while Katie is the daughter of a plantation owner. Both girls have been orphaned by the war, left alone on Katie's family plantation. The land is the one thing they still share, and they don't want to leave it. But if anyone finds out the two of them live there alone, they will be forced to move.

    Robin says: "A great Story"
    "Entertaining listen"
    Overall
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    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending lacked zeal.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Phillips before, how does this one compare?

    First listen


    What about Susan Spain’s performance did you like?

    She acts out the characters, and brings the characters to life passionately.


    Was A Day to Pick Your Own Cotton worth the listening time?

    Yes it was interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    The singing was a bit much!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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