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Margaret

MOHEGAN LAKE, NY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (569)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "What a great narrator!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Moloka’i the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did such a great job. She was great voicing both guys and girls, and gave Hawaiian and Japanese names an authentic sound. Her accent when she spoke as Hawaiian/Asian characters was fantastic. It reminded me of my aunt.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Moloka’i?

    I felt at times that the book was a bit long. I enjoyed the beginning and parts of the middle, but then started wondering what else could happen. But then the last part of the novel came. I was crying so often -- so moving.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Two Hotel Francforts: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Leavitt
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    It is the summer of 1940, and Lisbon, Portugal, is the only neutral port left in Europe - a city filled with spies, crowned heads, and refugees of every nationality, tipping back absinthe to while away the time until their escape. Awaiting safe passage to New York on the SS Manhattan, two couples meet: Pete and Julia Winters, expatriate Americans fleeing their sedate life in Paris; and Edward and Iris Freleng, sophisticated, independently wealthy, bohemian, and beset by the social and sexual anxieties of their class.

    David says: "A Disappointment"
    "poor narration of a somewhat interesting book"
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    Would you try another book from David Leavitt and/or Stephen Bel Davies?

    Yes. I've read around and it does sound like some of his earlier novels were good ones.


    What didn’t you like about Stephen Bel Davies’s performance?

    The narrator gave his performance a rather flippant tone which detracted from the story all together. He tended not to differentiate between characters' voices well enough so that it was hard to tell who was speaking during a dialogue. And worst of all, he couldn't pronounce any words in French or other languages at all. Which was unfortunate since there were times when French was used. He also mispronounced English words often enough that I was distracted and annoyed by it. I don't usually have problems with narrators, but this one I will avoid in future.


    Was The Two Hotel Francforts worth the listening time?

    I have to say I'm not positive it was worth the listening time. It was an interesting story, but the plot at times just left me wondering about the characters and their emotions. It was hard to understand why they did what they did or why they didn't care more about various things. Really, the story is between 2 and 3 stars, but I suppose that might have been a higher score with a different narrator. The flippant tone just didn't help the story one bit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of a Marriage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Andrew Sean Greer
    • Narrated By S. Epatha Merkerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    It is 1953 and Pearlie, a dutiful young housewife, finds herself living in the Sunset District in San Francisco, caring not only for her husband's fragile health but also for her son, who is afflicted with polio. Then, one Saturday morning, a stranger appears on her doorstep and everything changes. All the certainties by which Pearlie has lived and tried to protect her family are thrown into doubt.

    Margaret says: "disappointed as well"
    "disappointed as well"
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    I too was disappointed by this book. Somehow it felt too wordy -- I almost felt like the story could have been told in a short story more effectively. I didn't understand the motivation behind the actions of various characters, and I could predict what was going to happen at the denouement. I gave the novel three stars for managing to grab my attention for at least a while. "The Confessions of Max Tivoli" is a much better read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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