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Joan

colorado springs, CO, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Cellist of Sarajevo

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Steven Galloway
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    Sarajevo, in the 1990s, is a hellish place. The ongoing war devours human life, tears families apart and transforms even banal routines, such as acquiring water, into life-threatening expeditions. Day after day, a cellist stations himself in the midst of the devastation, defying the ever-present snipers to play tributes to victims of a massacre. A true story of a cellist's resistance helps to form this pivotal event in Steven Galloway's extraordinary novel.

    JLynn says: "Engrossing and Enlightening"
    "The story comes alive!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Because hearing the music of the Cellist in the background brought the story alive and set the mood for the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arrow. She was a fighter and didn't just accept her situation. She was brave to the end.


    Which character – as performed by Gareth Armstrong – was your favorite?

    Arrow.


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

    I was saddened by the reality and the emotions of the individual characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Empress Orchid

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anchee Min
    • Narrated By Alexandra O'Karma
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Seventeen-year-old Orchid belongs to an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Unexpectedly, she is chosen as one of the emperor's lesser concubines. Within the Forbidden City are thousands of women hoping to bear the emperor a son and become his empress. Orchid, determined and resourceful, schemes her way into the royal bed and seduces the emperor. But as the opium trade erodes the might of the Ch'ing dynasty, Orchid find herself at the center of a crumbling nation.

    Stacey says: "Empress Orchid"
    "empress orchid"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Anchee Min and/or Alexandra O'Karma?

    possibly.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story was too long and drawn out. I enjoyed the historical aspect, but it was an 18 hr. listen.


    Did Alexandra O'Karma do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did.


    Do you think Empress Orchid needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The story teller was too close to her microphone. You could hear every time she would swallow. It was a bit distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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