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Laura

San Franciso, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • An Old Captivity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Young pilot Donald Ross has little in common with the Oxford don who has employed him on an expedition to the Arctic - and still less with his beautiful but stubborn daughter, Alix. But once the three of them reach the treacherous shores of Greenland, their destinies are inextricably bound by the events that unfold there.

    Susan says: "Nevil, Were You Called To Dinner?"
    "Disappointing for a Neil Shute fan..."
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    I loved "A Town Like Alice," and "Pied Piper," but did not feel the same enthusiasm for this book. Especially in view of the realism of the book, the ending was just too fantastical to be credible. I was really fond of the characters and hoped to enjoy an understandable happy ending with them. The premise of the story is very interesting, but a lot of time, probably necessarily, but a bit dull, is devoted to checking the weather and finding good landing sites. However, I'm not discouraged and have already purchased another book by this excellent author!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6684)
    Performance
    (6057)
    Story
    (6057)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Beautiful example of historical fiction!"
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    This was really a breathtaking novel - monumental historical events (abolition and the beginnings of the women's rights struggle), told in a way that made for a compelling listen and filled some gaps in my knowledge about what was going on in the early 1800's, in America. I was filled with anger about the way things were, and so grateful for the early pioneers that made change possible. We have come a long way, even though there's more to be done. At the end of the novel, Sue Monk Kidd made a fine explanation of where her story deviated from historical fact (actually, not very much.) It was very gratifying to see that included. The narrators were superb, and made the story shine into life!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1387)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (695)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "Bringing Life to History!"
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    Wow! Humphrey Bower can really bring a story to life, and this is a doozy! From a Korean POW camp, to the intrigues of Shanghai in the first half of the 20th century, to a terrifying hurricane at sea, the images keep flowing, helped along by really likeable but not perfect human beings caught up in one adventure after another. The details of what it is like to be held captive in Korea are hard to listen to, but there's so much more to the book than that. It held me spellbound!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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