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Kate

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  • A Tale for the Time Being

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Ruth Ozeki
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery. In a small cafe in Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao Yasutani is navigating the challenges thrown up by modern life. In the face of cyber-bullying, the mysteries of a 104-year-old Buddhist nun and great-grandmother, and the joy and heartbreak of family, Nao is trying to find her own place - and voice - through a diary.

    Rochelle says: "Being Now"
    "Compelling story"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Tale for the Time Being the most enjoyable?

    Beautifully read book which stays with you. The story is different and compelling.


    What does Ruth Ozeki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her accent.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Labor Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Joyce Maynard
    • Narrated By Wilson Bethel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    In a manner evoking Ian McEwan's Atonement and Nick Hornby's About a Boy, acclaimed author Joyce Maynard weaves a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy - and the man he later becomes - looking back at an unexpected encounter that begins one single, long, hot, life-altering weekend.

    Justin says: "Seemed like a hell of a holiday."
    "Great read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Labor Day the most enjoyable?

    Gripping story very well read. I couldn't put it down. I loved the extraordinary characters. It is on my 'must read' list.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

    Cay.S says: "Such an exquisite story, I didn't want it to end"
    "Extraordinary story of boy's journey to adulthood"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

    Different, gripping journey. Don't let the length put you off.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Theo and Boris


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    Boris


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    From the celebrated author of the international bes tseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women. Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift.

    Sara says: "Those Ahead Of Their Time"
    "A must read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Invention of Wings the most enjoyable?

    I couldn't put it down. The characters lived with me and I missed them when I was not listening to the book. Beautifully read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The contrast between the two strong female characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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