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Pauline

Valencia, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Punjabi's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lara Lyons
    • Narrated By Catherine O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In 1968, a naive 19 year old Midwestern girl marries an older Pakistani man and moves to Lahore where she lives as a Muslim wife for almost two years. She did not realize that her new husband married her to gain American citizenship and return to the United States. Her life in Pakistan is adventure-filled: shopping bazaars, dancing girls, an Islamic red light district, historical Moghul architecture, and social turmoil.

    Pauline says: "Interesting story, distracting narration"
    "Interesting story, distracting narration"
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    Would you try another book from Lara Lyons and/or Catherine O'Brien?

    no


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Although not much of the cultural experiences are new now (I believe this marriage took place in the 1970s) it's still interesting as an autobiography of a mid-western girl who experiences a culture that is foreign to her.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Catherine O'Brien?

    I'm not familiar with narrators, but for starters it seems a mistake to have cast someone with a British(?) accent. It was really distracting to keep hearing her refer to her hometown and background with the ill-fitting accent. I feel that she should have tried for an American accent, or that someone else should have been cast.

    Also,this isn't the narrator's fault but did no one edit this thing? As the other reviewer mentions, at a certain point early on we begin hearing coughs, throat clearing, weird clicks and maybe tapping on the microphone. Of course that was annoying but also rather jarring. I'm not crazy about unexpected loud noises in my ears, and from that point forward it's been hard to relax and enjoy the book.


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

    Well, it was a little interesting. I got it because I'm normally interested in other countries and cultures, and I was disappointed on that level, but as a personal story of one woman's experience it was OK. Can't really recommend, unless it was offered for a couple of dollars or something.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    From the incomparable David Rakoff, a poignant, beautiful, witty, and wise novel in verse whose scope spans the 20th century. Through his books and his radio essays for NPR's This American Life, David Rakoff has built a deserved reputation as one of the finest and funniest essayists of our time. Written with humor, sympathy, and tenderness, this intricately woven novel proves him to be the master of an altogether different art form. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish leaps cities and decades as Rakoff sings the song of an America whose freedoms can be intoxicating, or brutal.

    FanB14 says: "Pure Poetry"
    "Beautiful, knowing."
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    What made the experience of listening to Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish the most enjoyable?

    Although the author has written this novel in verse, the story and the flow of the language are not limited by the rhymes. Wise, knowing, humorous writing. Characters I wanted to spend more time with. Vignettes that felt true and real, told in the most beautifully elevated yet natural way. From meatpacking workers in the early part of the 20th century (?) to San Francisco in the 1980's, we enter the characters' little worlds and get to know them, briefly but deeply. The best poetry, of course, can condense language and make it powerful. I think Rakoff has succeeded beautifully here.A word on the narration: the author apparently felt strongly about reading his own book despite being weakened by cancer. It's true, the voice is a little frail, a little breathless at times. To me, it only added to the poignancy. Hearing this story read to me felt like a gift. I didn't find it hard to hear or understand, and I easily adjusted to the style.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love the whole story of Cliff.


    Any additional comments?

    So sad this author is gone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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