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Jill Micheau

JMM in CA

San Ramon, CA USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 6 reviews
  • 166 ratings
  • 498 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015
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  • Zeitoun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (410)

    When HurricaneKatrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun - a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four - chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. In the eerie days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and rescuing those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared.

    Darwin8u says: "Something bold, ebullient, yet quiet"
    "I expected more from Dave..."
    Overall

    I love Dave Eggers' stuff, but this was flat out boring. Chapter upon chapter of hand wringing and describing how Kathy waits for the phone to ring... Arghhh... I'm only finishing this listen out of apathy. Not recommended.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers in the Attic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By V.C. Andrews®
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (503)

    This best-selling thriller has captivated over 4.5 million readers of all ages; V.C. Andrews’ fans know her mixture of vivid characters and ominous moods is highly addictive. Flowers in the Attic is the first book in a gripping series featuring the Dollangagers - a family haunted by a remorseless, demonic history. This tale of obsession, also made into a haunting movie, has made V.C. Andrews’ name synonymous with the best in dark suspense.

    Marthe says: "Awesome!"
    "I just couldn't get into this..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Flowers in the Attic better?

    Not my cup of tea... don't know why, but it just didn't grab me, so I only listened for about an hour.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alyssa Bresnahan’s performances?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the King's Men

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Penn Warren
    • Narrated By Michael Emerson
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (410)

    The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

    Eric Berger says: "Marvelously written and read"
    "Fascinating look at southern politics"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    The language was beautiful. The author spent time describing facial features, gestures, landscapes... and it all contributed to fantastic characters. Warren was poet laureate of the U.S., and his exquisite prose has more than a little poetry as its foundation. Delicious.


    What about Michael Emerson’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a nice job with all the characters. I wasn't keen on his voice at first, but as he hit his stride in this long book, I got quite comfortable with it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has inspired me to find a biography of Huey Long...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Year of Meats

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (63)

    Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by American meat exporters. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones, literally.

    Emily says: "Entrancing story, unbelievable narration"
    "I know it sounds unappetizing but..."
    Overall

    This is a hilarious book, well narrated, well written, and with a terrific plot line. You will love it. It was recommended to me, but it took me forever to download it because the title was vaguely off-putting. I'm glad I finally got round to it. It is a wonderful tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5226)
    Performance
    (2591)
    Story
    (2608)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn Richardson says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Pleasant surprise"
    Overall

    The title made me think this would be about building ancient churches in Ireland or something... I was pleasantly thrown off balance by this tale of India, medicine, childhood, etc. It was quite engaging. I recommend it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2376)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1520)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "Great book, narration OK"
    Overall

    This is one of the books on my list of top-ten all time favorites. I've read it many times and thought I'd try listening. The language Conroy uses is so divine... this is one of the only books I've read in my long life that has a preface that is so lyrical that it sticks in my mind... the rest of the book is just as good.
    The narration is good, but does not contribute to the story in the way that a brilliant reader sometimes can... think about Frank McCourt's reading of Angela's Ashes, or the audio version of The Help... those narrations made execellent books even better, bringing a new dimension to the text. This reading is quite good, but not in the same class.
    Still, if you haven't read this book, you need to. It's beautiful, lyrical, funny, profound.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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