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Matissa

Hanover, NH, USA

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  • Brick Lane

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Monica Ali
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (31)

    Nanzeen's inauspicious birth in a Bangladeshi village imbues in her a sense of fatalism that she carries across continents. Married off to a man old enough to be her father, Nanzeen moves to London and cares for her family. But gradually she begins to question whether fate controls her or whether she has a hand in her own destiny. She discovers both the complexity that comes with free choice and the depth of her attachment to her husband, her daughters and her new world.

    Anne says: "A truly wonderful book!"
    "A great one to hear on tape"
    Overall

    I thought the reader was fantastic. She used a variety of authentic accents to make the book come alive in a way that I think might be missed just reading it. The story itself was intruiging and provided great insights into the life of immigrants and struggles with current events. I wasn't absolutely blown away by the story, but I'm very glad I listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (7163)
    Performance
    (2428)
    Story
    (2450)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    P. C..S. says: "A Worhty Read"
    "I really enjoyed it"
    Overall

    After reading the other reviews of this book, I was prepared to really hate the main character and squirm through the first part of the book (I'm the kind of person who changes the channel on TV when things become too awkward or annoying). Perhaps because I was prepared for it, I didn't didn't find the character nearly as intolerable as the other listeners. I found it to be an interesting portrayal of a child's self-centered world. His behavior is not admirable, but it's also not unrealistic. I found the last third of the book a little overly-dramatic, but certainly an interesting read. Overall, I greatly appreciated the view this book provided into life in Afghanistan in the 1970s (at least among the upper-class), Afghani culture, the impact of the many wars and the Taliban on the country, and the experience of Afghani immigrants in the US. The author's reading of the book provided an even richer context.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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