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Jennifer Large

Jennifer Large

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  • In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Qanta A. Ahmed
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber

    Unexpectedly denied a visa to remain in the United States, Qanta Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, becomes an outcast in motion. On a whim, she accepts an exciting position in Saudi Arabia. This is not just a new job; this is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands, a place she hopes she will belong. What she discovers is vastly different. The Kingdom is a world apart, a land of unparalleled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her.

    Kimmarie says: "Women under war"
    "Very interesting, though biased..."
    Would you try another book from Qanta A. Ahmed and/or Nicola Barber?

    I don't think that, based on this book, I would read another by the same author.

    What was most disappointing about Qanta A. Ahmed’s story?

    I was a little bit alarmed by the degree of bias about the hijab. I mean, she wrote about it erasing women, stealing their personhood and their rights. I certainly understand that she was writing from her own experience as a Western woman, but it seemed to project a western interpretation of a foreign practice. The whole book did that, really. I think that was both honest and unfair. It made the book interesting, but also disappointing. I mean, one doesn't need to go to the Saudi Kingdom to get a Westerner's take on women's rights in the Middle East.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the chapters about the haj.

    Did In the Land of Invisible Women inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to find books written by women who are actually from the Saudi Kingdom.

    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated the kind of investigatory nature of the book and the "revelation" of the women's world in the Saudi Kingdom.

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Oh, my!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone as naive and with as limited a vocabulary as the main character.

    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    The protagonist knows the behavior is problematic and doesn't even have a desire to experience it, and yet does it anyway, which is just dumb. Plus, every other word is "Holy Jesus," "Oh, my" or "Holy something else." You would think the surprise would wear off after signing the contract and researching the acts. But, no. The naive, dual-word reactions continue all the way through parts one and two, which is where I stopped listening.

    The most disappointing thing about the book is the rehearsed powerful-man-is-the-prize-a-naive-young-virgin-values-over-her-own-self-respect plot line. It's so uninventive, i's archetypal but without the mystery.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the reader tried hard to make the repetitive vocabulary interesting and give the blahsville protagonist some character.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. I cannot figure out why America is so interested in reading this book. I bought it to find out why everyone was buying it. I still have no idea, except to say that readers are just less savvy than I thought.

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