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Laura

Lauree

Brookfield, MO, United States

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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11934)
    Performance
    (7886)
    Story
    (7923)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "I'd Be Dead."
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    Knowing it was/is a true story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    The days spent in the water with nothing to eat, talking about food. Talking, talking and talking....men don't talk. Or do they?


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    Zamperlini!!


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

    No, there was too much to think about.


    Any additional comments?

    I've heard other books by Edward Herrmann....good choice. It really made me think of how horrible war is, how cruel humans are and how loving God is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fireflies in December

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Erin Valent
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    This award-winning, coming-of-age gem by Jennifer Erin Valent recounts one farm family's struggle against racial bigotry in Depression-era Virginia. When Jessilyn's parents begin raising her best friend as their own daughter, this kindness toward a dark-skinned orphan triggers threats and violence. While teetering on the brink of womanhood, Jessilyn must learn to be a shining light in a dark world.

    Gail says: "Surprisingly interesting"
    "I'll Never Look @ Fireflies The Same"
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    What did you love best about Fireflies in December?

    It's truthfulness. That's also what I hated about it!


    What other book might you compare Fireflies in December to and why?

    The Help perhaps because of the racial story line.


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

    No, I haven't.


    If you could take any character from Fireflies in December out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I can't remember her name but the woman who took the two girls into town for lunch. Why, because she is brave.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6914)
    Performance
    (4879)
    Story
    (4868)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "What An Ending."
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    What did you love best about The Kitchen House?

    I loved it's unpredictability.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Belle, I loved her voice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Lovinia and Elly coming up on the smoldering house.


    If you could rename The Kitchen House, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    It will be with me forever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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