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Norma Jane Rager

Glen Burnie, MD United States | Member Since 2010

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  • War Brides

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Helen Bryan
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (231)

    As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II.With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance. When four of the women return for a celebration fifty years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives — and to avenge one of their own at last.

    Sara says: "Ruined by Narration"
    "Keep listening--it gets better towards the end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The first third of the book needs work to engage the listener and make them care about the characters.


    What could Helen Bryan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the characters more likable and/or more believable.


    Did Tavia Gilbert do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. I believe she did a good job with the task she was given


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

    Yes the last 25% and end of the book were good. It just took too long to get "hooked" into the story.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    Overall
    (993)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (460)

    Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

    Kathryn says: "A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE""
    "Jeannette Wall's Mother Vindicated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Half Broke Horses the most enjoyable?

    After first reading Glass Castle, the story of Jeannette Walls life, I wanted to learn more about the background of her mother and father to find out why they became such a dysfunctional couple.


    What other book might you compare Half Broke Horses to and why?

    This book compares to Glass Castle in style and story line.


    Which character – as performed by Jeannette Walls – was your favorite?

    My favorite was the grandfather who seemed to bring some normalacy to the family.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    While the book was interesting, it was not compellng enough to warrant listening to the whole thing in one setting.


    Any additional comments?

    It became clear that Ms. Walls wrote this book to explain the reasons behind her parents actions and life style Glass Castle. The book adequately explained the background and made her mother a much more sympathetic character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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