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Linda

Absecon, NJ, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Some Sing, Some Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (214)

    Audible presents the multigenerational epic Some Sing, Some Cry. Created by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza, this audiobook takes listeners on a journey through Reconstruction, two world wars, the Harlem renaissance, and Vietnam to modern day America.Some Sing, Some Cry begins at the threshold of one family’s freedom. We meet Betty Mayfield, newly emancipated from Sweet Tamarind, a lush and haunted rice plantation off the Carolina coast.

    Barbara says: "Southern Soul"
    "Lyrics for the Soul"
    Overall

    Listening to the first chapter, I did not think I would last too far with this book. So glad I did. The richness of the language, combined with the memorable characters, linked with the music, led to an exceptional listening experience. Robin Miles is to be congratulated for her masterful narration and singing! I believe that had I read the book instead of listened, I would have missed a valuable component. Simply stated, this audio book is beautiful and enriching.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4372)
    Performance
    (3179)
    Story
    (3179)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "What a journey!"
    Overall

    Ann Patchett has produced characters, circumstances, and locales that are engrossing from start to finish. Her brilliant way of describing even the most mundane details is what allows the reader to enter into the story completely. Listening to this book while driving to work one day, I realized I was so immersed in one of the depictions of the boat cutting through the rainforest amid swarming insects, that I was absentmindedly scratching at an imagined bite on my arm. And the characters! They are so unique and not easily analyzed. The people indigenous to the rainforest are described without sentimentality or stereotypes. This story links their tribal customs to the customs of profit-driven drug companies. It is filled with suspense, surprises, and the complexities of human relationships. It is a MUST read.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Eric Metaxas
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (1125)
    Story
    (1146)

    A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

    Alan says: "Very Moving"
    "Dangerous Preaching"
    Overall

    The question that will continue to haunt humanity in the wake of the incomprehensible evil of Nazi Germany is “How could the churches see what was happening and do nothing to stop the horror?” In this intriguing biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, we are given a clear and detailed response. With the use of an exhaustive collection of source materials (highlighted by Bonhoeffer’s letters, sermons, addresses, and prayers) we see how, year by year, an unholy emphasis on church politics, international alliances, and the emphasis on doctrine rather than faithfulness, helped to distract attention from the awful truth of what was happening right on the Church’s doorstep. Bonhoeffer’s life is a study in how an individual is called to live out his most deeply held beliefs.

    41 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3531)
    Performance
    (1247)
    Story
    (1252)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Are We There Yet?"
    Overall

    No doubt about it, this book is beautifully written; however, that just did not help to sustain my interest. I kept listening, because I assumed the next chapter would turn out to be meatier, or funnier, or in some way or other, significant. I kept waiting and it never happened. I truly wanted to love this book, but it never really delivered on its promise. The prose and the way the dialogue is constructed make this book distinctive, but the characters are self-involved, angst-ridden unfortunates. In psychotherapy they are considered "the worried well." I kept wanting to say to them, "You call that a problem? I'll show you a person with problems."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Given Day

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

    D Jay says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "Excellent Narration"
    Overall

    This is just one of those great epics that you hate to see end. The greatest part for me, though was the amazing job done by narrator, Michael Boatman. The Russian, French, Italian accents, the foreign language sections and the variety of Irish brogues were luscious! The only distraction was stopping to wonder how one person could bring the speech patterns, pronunciations and inflections of such a wide range of characters to life. I've had the pleasure of listening to many fine book narrations, but by far this was the best. Kudos Mr. Boatman

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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