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Laura

Buffalo, NY, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5046)
    Performance
    (4266)
    Story
    (4278)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Typical Ken Follett (which is not a bad thing)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Typical Ken Follett


    What did you like best about this story?

    The good guy (almost) always wins. Plus, you can tell Follett does his homework, I always learn something new from reading Follett books.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    I always love John Lee, he does well differentiating different character voices.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Five families, four countries, World War II


    Any additional comments?

    Dear John Lee, please call me before you do another Buffalo accent! I am a Buffalo native (who has moved away and come back) so I know how the Buffalo accent sounds. Daisy and Greg sounded like gangsters from Brooklyn in a 1930s film . Buffalo's accent is more mid-western, less NYC. The accent you used was so wrong I laughed outloud, which then made me feel bad, because I really love your work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Name Is Mary Sutter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robin Oliveira
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    In this stunning historical novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine—and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak—Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded.

    midge says: "Excellent and riveting"
    "Very nice"
    Overall

    I love Civil War stories, and this one does not disappoint - there is brutal detail in the story that only reminds us that a mere century and a half ago (or so) we were a savage people who did nnot understand the importance of basic hygiene, much less the equality of women (and race).
    The narrator does make some mistakes that I feel were silly, but the story is not predictable and the heroine is not typical - these factors set this period piece apart from others set in this era.
    In all, a story that is challenging, yet intriguing, fulfilling, yet merciless in the details of war. This book is not for the feint of heart, but is satisfying if you stay with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Singing Songs

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Meg Tilly
    • Narrated By Meg Tilly
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Singing Songs is the masterful realization of a young girl's journey to adulthood in a chaotic, abusive, and fragmented world. It is the story of a strange and beautiful metamorphosis and makes a profound statement about the dark and secret places of family life. Tilly wrote this book based on her own memories as a child.

    Sergey says: "Singing Songs"
    "Difficult to listen to"
    Overall

    I rate this as a 3 and not a 4 because it was just so graphic with the depictions of abuse. To be honest, though, I really had to listen to the whole thing. It was a compelling story, but the pathological acts of the adults were just too much to bear.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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