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Jill

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  • The Returned: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (301)

    Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds healed through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep - flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond.

    FanB14 says: "You'd Want to Return It"
    "I kept waiting for it to get going"
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    What was most disappointing about Jason Mott’s story?

    It seemed to drag on and was rather anti-climactic. I found myself getting excited for the next turn of events, only to be disappointed by the story losing it's momentum.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Harold


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I was intrigued at the beginning as it reminded me of a Stephen King novel, but fell short of my expectations.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • What Is the What

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (380)

    Valentino's travels, truly Biblical in scope, bring him in contact with government soldiers, janjaweed-like militias, liberation rebels, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation, and a string of unexpected romances. Ultimately, Valentino finds safety in Kenya and, just after the millennium, is finally resettled in the United States, from where this novel is narrated.

    Susan says: "A Story Aching to be Told"
    "Fantastic account of the reality of Sudan"
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    If you could sum up What Is the What in three words, what would they be?

    Gut-wrenching, poignant and powerful!


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

    This is my first time listening to Dion Graham and I LOVED his delivery!


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

    It made me laugh AND cry. I was ashamed of the way Americans treated Valentino - and all Sudanese. I laughed at the sweet innocence of the Lost Boys.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book during the summer as it was a class assignment for all high schoolers at her school. The book was assigned as a demonstration of the "Primacy of Self". I feel it should be a requirement for all students. The amount of pain - both physical and emotional - would surely wear down any American teenager. The young men in this book endured far more challenges than most people endure in a lifetime. Wonderful book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Melba Pattillo Beals
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    The landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, brought the promise of integration to Little Rock, Arkansas, but it was hard-won for the nine black teenagers chosen to integrate Central High School in 1957. They ran a gauntlet flanked by a rampaging mob and a heavily armed Arkansas National Guard-opposition so intense that soldiers from the elite 101st Airborne Division were called in to restore order.

    Jill says: "A poignant memoir - a MUST READ for all!"
    "A poignant memoir - a MUST READ for all!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Warriors Don't Cry to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator made the book come to life!


    Have you listened to any of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first listen to her performance - very very GOOD!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I nearly did...in two days I was finished and wanted to hear more!


    Any additional comments?

    I was so moved by this book and feel it should be a requirement in EVERY middle school in America. Education Education Education!!!!

    As a young student of Denver Public Schools in the 1970's, I was never taught about the Little Rock 9 or any other Civil Rights movement. I was not made aware of any of it until 6 years ago when my then middle school son went on a school trip to Little Rock to visit Central High schoool. I was shocked and appalled and ashamed that my public education skipped over the heroic efforts that these amazing young students made in order to find the equality they deserved.

    Melba's account of her horrifying experiences as a pioneer black woman integrating an all white school are sobering and heart-breaking. She sacrificed her entire high school experience on behalf of her own race. No prom, no sporting events, no school plays, rarely going into public for fear of literally being killed. I am so grateful for her courage to overcome the torture she faced every single day at school, just wanting to have the same education afforded to the white people. It makes me ill to think that anyone could do the horrible things these young white students did to the the Little Rock 9. Further, their parents taught them to be the demons they were.

    I pray that our children will continue to push for equality and make this nation a better place to live. We are all one...ALL ONE!

    1 of 1 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
    (35620)
    Performance
    (26640)
    Story
    (27018)

    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"
    "Excellent!"
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    If you could sum up The Hunger Games in three words, what would they be?

    Courage, honor, determination


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She did an excellent job - very articulate, easy to understand and lovely voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - I couldn't "put it down".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9296)
    Performance
    (8096)
    Story
    (8111)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Narrator better"
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    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Darker in three words, what would they be?

    the plot thickens


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sort of


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

    When she confronted Mrs. Robinson.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was good- much better than the first. The narrator still bugs me - too young of a voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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