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Mary

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  • China Dolls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Jodi Long
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (195)

    It's 1938 in San Francisco: A world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade.

    Mary says: "Need a different reader!! Where is Janet Song??"
    "Need a different reader!! Where is Janet Song??"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I couldn't listen to this book. I found the reader totally annoying and hard to listen to. I started this book three times but each time gave up. I love Lisa See books and have listened to all of Janet Song's recordings so was looking forward to this one. What a disappointment.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lisa See before, how does this one compare?

    The reader makes the audiobook and this reader was not the best choice


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jodi Long?

    Janet Song


    Could you see China Dolls being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Never could get into the book so can't say.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Siren of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David LeRoy
    • Narrated By Chaz Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    In German-occupied Paris, a group of unlikely people join in collaboration to smuggle Allied airmen south to Spain. One of those intrepid heroes happens to be American. The Siren of Paris, the debut work of historical fiction by David LeRoy, tells a searing story of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and war that brings to vivid life the shimmering City of Lights during its darkest hours during World War II.

    Mary says: "Worst book ever"
    "Worst book ever"
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one. The writing was stilted. The author doesn't know how to use contractions. The reader was terrible. You could actually hear him taking breaths. I rarely write reviews unless something is exceptionally good or exceptionally bad. I would not recommend this to anyone


    Would you be willing to try another book from David LeRoy? Why or why not?

    No. His writing style is undeveloped and annoying.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He had a very annoying voice, annoying tempo and distracted you from the story. I couldn't even follow the story.


    What character would you cut from The Siren of Paris?

    I would cut the entire book


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking forward to reading this as I love novels set during WWII. You get what you pay for.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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