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K. Parks

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
52

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2296)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (1020)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "Excellent in every way"
    Overall

    This book has soul. Diaz creates an endearing, flawed group of characters, depicting them with humor and compassion. The narrator is so alive that he seemed to be a character himself. He truly is one of the best narrators I have heard, and my Audible library is large.

    I am embarrasssed to admit that I did not know much about the history of the Dominican Republic before reading this book. Diaz wove the history into the story effortlessly and memorably. I highly recommend the book. It is one of the two best I have listened to, the other being The Hungry Tide, by Amitov Ghosh.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Clare Clark
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    London 1887. For Maribel Campbell Lowe, the beautiful bohemian wife of a maverick politician, it is the year to make something of herself. A self-proclaimed Chilean heiress educated in Paris, she is torn between poetry and the new art of photography. But it is soon plain that Maribel's choices are not so simple. As her husband's career hangs by a thread, her real past, and the family she abandoned, come back to haunt them both.

    K. Parks says: "Wry humor; excellent story"
    "Wry humor; excellent story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a compelling, engaging story, an evolving depiction of a 19th century woman's hidden identity. Clare Clark is not yet well known in the U.S., but her writing and her character development are excellent. I have read every one of her books, and this one is no disappointment.

    One piece of advice: I had to listen to the first chapter a few times to remember the names of many children in that section. I found it was not necessary. The kids are peripheral and the narrative quickly focuses on a small set of adult characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Impostor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Damon Galgut
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    5-star reviews on amazon.co.uk from the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Good Doctor comes a gripping novel of guilty secrets, obsession and self-reinvention, set on the African savannah. When Adam moves into the abandoned house on the dusty edge of town, he is hoping to recover from the loss of his job and his home in the city. But when he meets Canning - a shadowy figure from his childhood - and Canning's enigmatic and beautiful wife, a sinister new chapter in his life begins...

    K. Parks says: "A deep, dark fascinating story"
    "A deep, dark fascinating story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is compelling, getting deeper and darker at every turn. Humphrey Bower is masterful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Lines

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated By Raj Varma
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Opening in Calcutta in the 1960s, Ghosh’s radiant second novel follows two families - one English, one Bengali - as their lives intertwine in tragic and comic ways. The narrator, Indian-born and English educated, traces events back and forth in time, through years of Bengali partition and violence, observing the ways in which political events invade private lives.

    K. Parks says: "Excellent narrator. Master story teller."
    "Excellent narrator. Master story teller."
    Overall

    Raj Varma's narration enhanced the experience of listening to a master story teller. His voice was fresh, appropriately nuanced and a pleasure to listen to. As always, Amitav Ghosh depicted characters with depth and sympathy. It is an old fashioned family tale and an exploration about what creates a family narrative and history. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. I would have given 4.5 or 4.75 stars if possible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth About These Strange Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Adam Foulds
    • Narrated By Colin Moody
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Saul Dawson-Smith can memorise the sequence of a shuffled deck of cards in under a minute; he can recite pi to a thousand decimal places and he remembers every conversation he's ever had. He is 10 years old. Howard McNamee is 28: lonely, overweight and poorly-educated. He lives in the north of England, far from the scene of his difficult Glasgow childhood, in the home he shared with his mother before she died.

    Patricia says: "Give it a bit..."
    "A gentle story"
    Overall

    The story is kind and nuanced, and the writing superb. Colin Moody's narration presented the various accents extremely well and enhanced the power of the novel for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Scripture

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (115)

    Roseanne McNulty, once one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland, is now an elderly patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. As her 100th year draws near, she decides to record the events of her life, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards. Dr. Grene, Roseanne's caretaker, takes a special interest in her case. In his research, he discovers a document written by a local priest that tells a very different story of Roseanne's life than what she recalls.

    Amanda says: "Haunting and Lovely"
    "A perfect novel"
    Overall

    Starting quietly and slowly, the story becomes mesmerizing as an exploration of two lives. The narrator masterfully conveys the voices of male and female, English and Irish characters.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Faith Fox

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By June Barrie
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    When sweet, healthy, hearty Holly Fox dies suddenly in childbirth, the Surrey village, whose pearl she was, reverberates with shock. She leaves behind a helpless, silent husband and a tiny daughter, Faith. Everyone assumes Holly's loving and capable mother will look after Faith, but when she unaccountably deserts her newborn grandchild, the baby must be packed off to her father's peculiar family in the North.

    Eve says: "Stylish and involving"
    "In the top 5% of audible titles"
    Overall

    The writing is superb and the narrator excellent. Jane Gardam writes with humor and affection toward her characters, strongly enhanced by the narrator's ability to speak in several voices and dialects. I highly recommend the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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