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Joann

MAMARONECK, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anya Von Bremzen
    • Narrated By Kathleen Gati
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Anya occupies two parallel food universes: one where she writes about four-star restaurants, the other where a taste of humble kolbasa transports her back to her scarlet-blazed socialist past. To bring that past to life, in its full flavor, both bitter and sweet, Anya and her mother, Larisa, embark on a journey unlike any other: they decide to eat and cook their way through every decade of the Soviet experience - turning Larisa’s kitchen into a "time machine and an incubator of memories". Together, mother and daughter re-create meals both modest and sumptuous.

    Vince says: "Wonderful Book, Excellent Performance"
    "LOVE THIS BOOK!"
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    Where does Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was fascinated by the details describe by Anya Von Bremzen in which the Soviet people had to live. After a recent visit to Russia this summer I became more and more interested in the story of the people of todays Russian and yesterday's USSR.
    The story is funny and sad and shocking at times. Truly moving.


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

    no I listened to slowly actually and often times relistened to get all of the details.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8222)
    Performance
    (7408)
    Story
    (7414)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Loved this book!!"
    Overall

    Very well told!! Love the story and relationship of the characters. Would highly recommend!!
    The storytellers added much to the book as well!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart Has Its Reasons: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Maria Duenas
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Blanca Perea is a college professor in Madrid who seems to have it all. But her perfect career and marriage start to unravel when her husband of 20 years suddenly leaves her for another woman. Devastated, Blanca is forced to question the life she once had and how well she truly knows herself. She leaves Madrid for San Francisco, where she becomes entrenched in the history of an enigmatic Spanish writer who died decades earlier.

    Joann says: "Disappointed with this boring story"
    "Disappointed with this boring story"
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    Performance
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    I loved loved loved 'the time in between' but was very disappointed with this book. The story was dry and long winded and the characters were forlorn. I jetted waiting for the story to get better. But it never did!!
    Boring !!!
    And on top of it all the narrator read slowly and monotone. That alone was tedious I actual had up the speed of the narration.
    Hoping Maria Duenas next book is better!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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