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Naomi

calais, VT, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (1231)
    Story
    (1219)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "magical"
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    If you could sum up The Snow Child in three words, what would they be?

    magical, absorbing, beautiful


    What other book might you compare The Snow Child to and why?

    not sure


    Which character – as performed by Debra Monk – was your favorite?

    Esther


    Who was the most memorable character of The Snow Child and why?

    All of the characters were strong and memorable. All were well developed.


    Any additional comments?

    A book to listen to when you need a story to carry you away. A story that will make you forget everything going on in your life. Magical and beautifully read. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3445)
    Performance
    (3125)
    Story
    (3141)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "DREADFULLY SLOW!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am really not sure. This book just did not have enough going on for me. Maybe I'm too old for it? Not sure. Perhaps it was just the pacing...perhaps better read in print, where one can pace themselves. Clearly the subject matter is something that isn't written about often and is extremely important.

    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was one of the most moving and beautiful stories ever. I guess I was hoping for something as substantive and deeply moving.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something more intricate and well written. I think I am planning on re-reading Margaret Atwood's Cats Eye.


    How could the performance have been better?

    speed it up girl! Also, her voice was too old for the character. It bothered me a lot. Even tried listening it sped up by 1.25. Worked a bit.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Me Before You?

    1/2 the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I seem to be the minority here. But, all I wanted to do was fast forward to the ending...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2494)
    Performance
    (2203)
    Story
    (2195)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "the tears started at the first chapter"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of And the Mountains Echoed to be better than the print version?

    I adored the narration of this book. I realized that other readers found the accents distracting. But, I felt that it added a lot to the story. Their voices felt genuine and made this already deeply moving book even more so. To me, it was like hearing poetry read vs. reading it to oneself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's rare that a book comes along that digs so deeply into your heart. This was a sad, insightful, thought provoking, heart wrenching story about family, loss, aging, rebirth, human connection and human cruelty. It's the kind of book that when it's over you just want to sit and stare into space to let it all sink in.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The thing about this book is that the beauty just never let's up. Each chapter is so beautifully crafted and each character so well developed that it's impossible for me to choose a favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    Khaled Housseini's writing is so beautiful that sometimes the sentences themselves just carry you away. It's the kind of book that you want to replay certain paragraphs just to hear them read again, as one would a poem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1593)
    Performance
    (1455)
    Story
    (1468)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "This book will change your life forever!"
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    If you could sum up The Elephant Whisperer in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, inspiring, beautiful


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book read so well. I don't usually read non-fiction, yet I couldn't put this book down. The stories are so moving and so profoundly beautiful that you will laugh and cry all the way from beginning to end. Not only did I find it entertaining, but I leaned a lot from reading these inspirational stories. Lawrence Anthony was an amazing man nd what a gift to have found his book. He was able to write about all of his adventures and accomplishments without ever sounding arrogant. If he'd not been so humble, he would never have been able to accomplish what he did with these amazing animals. That was moving in itself.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accents were wonderful! Perfect voice and pacing throughout the book. If Lawrence Anthony could have read it himself, this is what i would imagine it would sound like.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried so much during many of these stories, both from joy and sadness. I also cried once I learned that Lawrence Anthony has since passed away. What an incredible man! The world is not going to be the same without him in it.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not walk...RUN to start reading this magnificent book. Your mind and heart will be open in a new way after reading The Elephant Whisperer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Flowers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (918)

    A mesmerizing, moving, and elegantly written debut novel, The Language of Flowers beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude.

    Diana - Audible says: "You don't need a green thumb to enjoy this one"
    "All I wanted to do was listen to this book!"
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    Where does The Language of Flowers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I've listened to


    What other book might you compare The Language of Flowers to and why?

    She's Come Undone. By Wally Lamb and White Oleander. Also a great coming of age story when all the odds are against you. So beautiful. Moving. Takes you right in and holds you until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I never understand why when women do the men's roles...they don't just deepen their voice, but they always make the men sound like loser dorks. This was well narrated, except for the fake male voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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