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Leila

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  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1711)
    Performance
    (1490)
    Story
    (1509)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Good book for Kingsolver fans"
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    What made the experience of listening to Flight Behavior the most enjoyable?

    This is a story that lives on its own but also gets its message across. It tells of the growth and rebirth of one woman as she comes to understand the much larger phenomenon she discovers in her own back yard.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dellarobia is the vessel through which we see a small world become magical and then complex and troubled. Just as the butterflies she finds struggle to survive, she struggles to do something more than just survive. She is delightfully real - selfish and self-sacrificing, irritating and funny, ignorant and smart as a whip. Kingsolver teaches a class here on how to draw a living, breathing Southern spitfire.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Barbara Kingsolver?

    Yes, although I think the audiobook would have been even better with a professional narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Kingsolver fans will know that her endings are usually the weakest parts of her books. This book is well worth that small disappointment, however, She is a gem among modern authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10896)
    Performance
    (9932)
    Story
    (9954)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "This book could have used a good editor"
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    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

    Absolutely not


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have taken a pen and excised about half the unnecessary meanderings of this author.


    Did David Pittu do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, but he had awful material with which to work.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think the plot might have been pretty good if I could have managed to plow through the entire morass, but I'll never know.


    Any additional comments?

    I downloaded this title because of all the glowing reviews. If you like concise and compelling writing, then stay far away from this book. Too long, too self-indulgent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13835)
    Performance
    (6208)
    Story
    (6289)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Best narration I've heard"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration of John Randolph Jones is beyond any superlative I have in my vocabulary. He so beautifully brings the story to life that I found myself feeling every emotion he conveyed.


    Which character – as performed by David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones – was your favorite?

    Jones's Jacob is a wonderful old man - irascible, depressed by his loss of independence, and sweet and vulnerable by turns. I've been around a lot of old people in my life, and obviously, Sara Gruen has too (what writing!). But only a master like John Randolph Jones can bring all the complexity of such a fine character to life with such grace.


    If you could take any character from Water for Elephants out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Old Jacob, of course.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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