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Joyce

Richmond, ME, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Burgess Boys: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (445)

    Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan - the Burgess sibling who stayed behind - urgently calls them home.

    Susianna says: "Some Secrets Shouldn't be Kept"
    "Love Elizabeth Strout's writing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and I already have.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Burgess Boys?

    When the woman was going to leave America and go home, the discussion of family values here in America and what she wants to return to, having family.


    What about Cassandra Campbellā€™s performance did you like?

    I did like it but she needs to re-record and learn the correct pronunciations of Orono and Bangor. Here in Maine we put the emphasis on first syllable of both city names. The way she pronounced Orono was particularly wrong. Why don't narrators do some research about place names??? This really bothered me.


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

    As I said before, the discussion about family values in America vs. those of some other countries. Also, how the Burgess family became more of a family then ever before in many years.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (451)

    When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

    Susan C. S. says: "After the last word, went right back to beginning"
    "One of my favorites"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Canada to be better than the print version?

    I can't compare since I did not read, only listened. However, the reader did a great job; I really did not want this to end. What a great story, beautifully written and an excellent reader. I intend to read more of Ford's work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1540)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (470)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    R. S. Herron says: "The key word is 'fiction'"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    I loved listening to this book. The reader does a great job and the story is one that I will remember forever. This book brought me to another time and place.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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