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Keith

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  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3489)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1211)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "NOT FOR ME"
    Overall

    I FOUND THIS TO BE A VERY TEDIOUS LISTEN. UNHAPPY PEOPLE TREATING EACH OTHER BADLY.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8386)
    Performance
    (6530)
    Story
    (6559)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "THIS WAS A DIFFICULT LISTEN FOR ME"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    THE MARVELOUS USE OF LANGUAGE AND IMAGERY. THE AUTHOR IS A MASTER WORDSMITH


    Have you listened to any of Allan Corduner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I HAVE NOT LISTENED TO THIS READER BEFORE. HIS PERFORMANCE WAS WONDERFUL. HIS READING MADE THE CHARACTERS COME ALIVE.......THAT'S WHAT MADE IT SO DIFFICULT.


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

    THERE WAS NOT JUST ONE MOMENT. I WEPT MANY TIMES. SEVERAL TIMES IN PUBLIC. THE HORROR AND PAIN OF NAZI GERMANY WAS TRANSMITTED THROUGH SUCH MARVELOUS PROSE AND IMAGERY.


    Any additional comments?

    I HONESTLY CAN'T SAY IF I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK, AS WONDERFUL AS IT IS WRITTEN AND READ. I GUESS IT'S S STORY OF WHAT LIFE CAN BE: FULL OF JOY, PAIN, TEARS, LAUGHTER, LOVE HORROR AND PASSION.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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