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Martha

Reno, NV, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Songs of Willow Frost: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Ryan Gesell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday - or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday - William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song. Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend Charlotte.

    Ellen says: "Interesting era"
    "Fantastic Read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Songs of Willow Frost to be better than the print version?

    I'm blind. What do I know about the print version?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Songs of Willow Frost?

    When William buried the paper and photo.


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

    Always good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Beautiful and sensitive.


    Any additional comments?

    Jamie Ford is one of the finest authors I've run across in a long time. I thought "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" was a masterpiece, but this is even better.

    By the way, I think your questions are dumb.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (763)

    Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

    Colin says: "Existential leavings"
    "MCarthy doesn't score with this one"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes blood and guts.


    What could Cormac McCarthy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It didn't have the suspense or the character development of "No Country for Old Men."


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found it lackluster and dull. I felt like he was reading a text book.


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

    Some interesting characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing. I loved "No Country for Old Men," but thought this one was just gratuitous violence.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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