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Jennifer

Hi there! My name is Jen! One of my New Years Resolutions is to read more! I'll try to review all I can!

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  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (385)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Karen says: "Thankfully a happy ending to the nightmare"
    "another great account!"
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    What did you love best about The Seamstress?

    It's hard to love a story about the holocaust. So much stress and depression the reader has to endure, one has only the imagination to figure out what it really must have felt like. Wth every story of this massacre i read, my love only grows for the strength that the writer had to of had to get through it. In that sense, i love how this book reminded me of tye things that matter in life, and how it reminded me that my probelems are mere ant hills compaired to those that had to live years like this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character, of course, is sara. She may have been tried to the very end, but she didn't loose who she was; keeping her personality and morals strong until the very end, not afraid to atand up for the truth in what she believed, and didn't succumb to what the nazi's wanted her to become.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved her flashbacks to her child hood. The moments in life she could remember to keep her going.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had my happy moments and sad momeits throughout the book, but the strongest was that mokent when it ended and i was reminded of all the little good things in ky life. These stories never fail to make me count my blessings, no matter how smll.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recomended! The narriation is great, althoufh sometimes hard to decipher between the haracters, her accents made the story more believeabl and

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5281)
    Performance
    (3274)
    Story
    (3302)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Gets you thinking"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd mention it, but s for a recommendation, I'm not sure. This book was recommended to me, and i guess his and my views of an 'excellent' story differ, so i guess if the person i was talking to W's into it, then sure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Second After?

    I don't want to give much away, but Jennifer's and Gingers last scenes of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really didn't have a favorite.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ginger. I say more, I'll ruin it for everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    Though the concept of this book is gripping and plausable, i feel a little disappointed. The writing was done all in John's perspective...a character i felt WA not introduced enough and found myself wondering how it is he got the position he did;;why he knew the people he did, why military men turned down their roles to let a history professor with barely any field experience rule the town.
    John and his family, though they had their own troubles, seemed a little too mary-jane, but not enough to stop me from getting attached to a few eamily memberrs as it hit close to home should it ever happen.
    The author used a bunch of 'it reminded him of this scene from this movie' comparisons, which rattled my nerves as it seemed every paragraph had one.
    I also found it was quite fortellable, a well; the foreshadowing happening without much time to forget about it, or even sink in.
    The narrator did an excellent job, however, so I'm rather pleased with that and would listen to another story done by him.

    Overall, don't go into the book expecting action, as morethan half of it is listening to the people in charge groan over how they'll help the community survive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (340)

    Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

    Catherine says: "An Amazing Story & Narration"
    "A nice change"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Nazi Officer's Wife to be better than the print version?

    Only because of the added animated narration, I would definately say the audiobook is better than just the book alone though I haven't read the book by itself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edith was my favorite character, of course; the woman who wrote the story. Sic a silly question for a biography, haha. Her perseverance throughout all of the hardships she endured makes her a strong woman.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    This is impossible to answer because each character had their own part that brought the sort to life.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Nazi Officer's Wife and why?

    Edith and Pepe were the most memoable. Edith, as she had lived in every page and Pepe because of how much you wanted to smack him around a bit for being such a mama's boy.


    Any additional comments?

    This is by far the best book and most memorable that I have read this year. While most other a holocaust books take you into concentration camps and leave you feeling mad or sorry, this book has enough humor and moments where you're reminded that not all Germans were as hostile as the nazis in the camps were made out to be. Though Edith's life was far from easy during this time, and she had to fight to survive, it's a nice change readin about someone who had just an ounce of freedom while lving under the radar instead of leading a life in Auchwitz.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35048)
    Performance
    (26107)
    Story
    (26477)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "My expectations were too high."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, but I'd stress that the performers voice can get annoying when she's portraying the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book let me immersed and was very well written. Very easy to understand and keep along with the plot and characters.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I am not a fan of this narriator. To me, she mad the story seem more childish than it should be. Instead of getting into the characters, she'd back away from emotion (turning her voice into a whisper). Though she tried making herself sound younger or characters such as Prim and Rue, I think it turned out babyish...even so for Katness.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is, but if I said it, I'd give the story away, so I'll just say the cave scene.


    Any additional comments?

    After hearing rave reviews of this book and having one of my favorite celebrities tweet outstanding reviews on it, I couldn't wait to read it. However, I went in with my expectations high. A little too high. Within the first few chapters, I realized I had to expect less from the story to be able to enjoy it more. I have a feeling that if I was tangibly reading this story, myself, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. The narrators voice when she was reading the narration was fine and easy to take, but the moment she'd break into character, I found myself cringing.

    I did enjoy this story, however, and look forward to diving into the next two books! I probably wouldn't jump in line to see the movie, when it comes out, at opening night, but I'll be anxious to see how Hollywood portrays the written words!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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