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Patricia

Clarkesville, GA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (260)

    Alexandra Fuller won worldwide attention, popular acclaim, and critical accolades for her memoir of her childhood in Africa, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. This engaging follow-up explores Fuller’s parents’ childhoods and charts the trajectories of their lives through all the British couple’s experiences in war-torn Africa. With the same sharply etched narrative that has earned the author such immense praise, Fuller expands on and offers new insights into her family’s remarkable trials and successes.

    Janet Tarasovic says: "Great by both ear and eye"
    "A fascinating life well written."
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    What made the experience of listening to Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness the most enjoyable?

    Nothing ordinary in this woman's life, funny and poignant.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nicola Fuller of Central Africa was both ridiculous with her snobbery and admirable for her strong core.


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

    I like Amato's plain reading. Too many readers feel compelled to over dramatize, rather than give a plain, strong delivery. Her accent added location, but didn't interfere with understanding the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well and tightly written.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Winifred Watson
    • Narrated By Frances McDormand
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (588)

    Miss Pettigrew is a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged governess sent by her employment agency to work for a nightclub singer rather than a household of unruly children. Over a period of 24 hours, as she becomes caught up in the life of Delysia LaFloss, her own life is changed - forever. This charming, funny, light-hearted 1938 novel was a bestseller on its first appearance. Read by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, who stars in the 2008 film as Miss Pettigrew.

    Holly C. Salley says: "Adorable"
    "Vintage at it's best."
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    What did you love best about Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day?

    So many of those old chiclet type books from the pre-50's era were over written and over long. This one is just right in those 2 ways. It's predictable, but the characters are so dear that I was delighted all the way to the end.


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

    The reader had just the right accent, and read without over-dramatizing the material. I like the bright quality of her voice.


    Who was the most memorable character of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and why?

    Uptight Miss Pettigrew was a wonderful juxtaposition to her new found friend, free-spirit Miss LaFloss. I loved their interaction, and Miss Pettigrew's


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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