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Laura

St. Peters, MO, USA

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  • 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
    (2225)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (953)

    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"
    "Beautiful and lyrical"
    Overall

    I am not a Spanish speaker but I somehow new enough to translate "Estoy sola! estoy sola! to "I am alone! I am alone!" Maybe it wasn't my own limited exposure to the Spanish language but the performance given by Jonathon Davis. At first his affected Dominicano accent is a little offsetting because the quality of his voice is so. . .well, non-Hispanic. But once emmerced into the words of Junot Diaz the reader quickly accepts Davis. And in fact, he does very good conveying the emotions of all the characters he reads.
    This story so touched me in all its tenderness and passion. It is also a very enjoyable listen.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2864)
    Performance
    (771)
    Story
    (775)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Long but satisfying"
    Overall

    The author has brought together so many literary traditions, from Shakespeare to Hemingway. Edgar touches the reader and seems to become a new classic character. I recommend this book if you enjoy excellent prose, character, and plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Over Creation

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (58)

    Meet Yumi Fuller. A Japanese-American prodigal daughter, Yumi (aka Yummy) is returning home to the Idaho potato farm she ran away from twenty-five years earlier. Then a freewheeling hippie chick, Yumi is now a fairly responsible parent and a professor with a side gig selling lava lots in Hawaii. But can she possibly be prepared to face her dying father, her Alzheimer's-devastated mother, and Cass, the best friend she left behind?

    Kim says: "fantastic"
    "Beautifully written"
    Overall

    I enjoyed reading this book emensely. I am interested in organic gardening yet didn't choose this book for that reason. Didn't even realize the subject would even dip into the realm of growing plants, vegetables and flowers.

    I really, really enjoyed Ozeki's poetic phrasing, her quirky characters, and interesting plot. But what really, really makes this book is Anna Fields, the narrator. Perhaps this is a good book made great by her skillfull, entertaining performance as the reader.

    I can recommend and will give Ozeki's other book a listen as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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