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Rose

Kansas city, Mo, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 16 titles in library
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  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2946)
    Performance
    (2710)
    Story
    (2711)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "So SLOW"
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    What disappointed you about The Golem and the Jinni?

    This was a challenging novel to make it through. Not only did the story jump around enough to be quite confusing, but nothing seemed to happen or even mean anything developmentally until the end of the second portion.


    What was most disappointing about Helene Wecker’s story?

    I felt like I was reading/listening to a novel written to make a minimum word count. Now that I have finished the novel, I feel as though at least half of it could be omitted and it would be a better work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kate Danley
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    Deep within the Wood, a young woman lies dead. Not a mark on her body. No trace of her murderer. Only her chipped glass slippers hint at her identity. The Woodcutter, keeper of the peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of the Faerie, must find the maiden’s killer before others share her fate. Guided by the wind and aided by three charmed axes won from the River God, the Woodcutter begins his hunt, searching for clues in the whispering dominions of the enchanted unknown. But quickly he finds that one murdered maiden is not the only nefarious mystery afoot....

    Charles says: "Pointless."
    "Repetitive and lacking imagination"
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    What would have made The Woodcutter better?

    If the author had developed an internal storyline more than just merging a collection of fables, it would have been intensely more commanding. Unfortunately, I found myself groaning at the "introduction" of each expected character.


    Has The Woodcutter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, fables/fairy tales/folk lore is such a rich and imaginative form of literature. I cannot imagine missing out on great extensions of the classics just because this was such a mash up.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found myself distracted by the attempted character voices.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4880)
    Performance
    (1514)
    Story
    (1527)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "So happy to have the Experience!"
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    Where does Eat, Pray, Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say this is in my top five audiobooks, out of the probably 17 I've experienced. I especially enjoy when the novel is read by the author as you are able to really hear the soul of the text, instead of an interpretation from a third party.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was very happy to have found such a great development in a novel. The significance of the 108 chapters, three sections, etc, was fantastic.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I saw the film first, not knowing of the book at that time, I was so happy that I had the experience of the novel. Even better in Gilbert's own voice!

    0 of 0 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"
    "A little time"
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    What did you love best about The Language of Flowers?

    Once invested in the novel, it did not disappoint. It took a little while to get into the story, but the intricacies were beautiful and the novel just kept growing, just like the flowers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Language of Flowers?

    The emotional development was confusing, truthful and sometimes difficult - just like real life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6605)
    Performance
    (5878)
    Story
    (5878)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "A great little getaway"
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    If you could sum up The Night Circus in three words, what would they be?

    Imagination, heart, determination


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say I am torn between Celia and Poppet- both are strong in their own way and find solutions to even the strangest problems and circumstances


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

    Heart and another level of mystery


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

    I found myself finding excuses to listen when I originally just downloaded the book for my commute.


    Any additional comments?

    While I was just looking for a morning drive distraction, the Night Circus took me into a whole new world. Not all books can ignite my own personal imagination, but I found myself guessing and re-guessing what would happen next while Erin had already written a perfect surprise into the novel. A great listen/read if you are looking for something to take you away. It has heart, but is not depressing. It has love, but is not overly "gooey" - It has true imagination that is hard to come by sometimes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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