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Sarah Carlson

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  • 45 ratings
  • 293 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (408)

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "Touching"
    Overall

    A touching story of grief and survival. Bravely and honestly written.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Rug Merchant

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Meg Mullins
    • Narrated By Bill Camp
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Isolated and far from his native Iran, Ushman Khan has worked hard to build a wealthy, reliable clientele for his wares: exquisite hand-woven rugs from his home city of Tabriz. With perfect rectitude, he caters to clients like New York's Upper East Side grand dame Mrs. Roberts, who plies him for stories about his exotic origins and culture to feed her own imagination. But like many immigrants, he's living only half a life.

    gingerpenny95 says: "Elegant Novel"
    "Assimilating Into A Different Culture"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An interesting look into the life of a man trying to make his way in a new country and culture. He is trying to pave the way to move his wife with him to America for "a better life". As he deals with his financial struggles and loneliness he finds himself changing. Will his family approve of the new person he is becoming. Can he be accepted into his new culture? His internal struggles make for an interesting read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Upstate

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kalisha Buckhanon
    • Narrated By Chadwick Boseman, Heather Simms
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Set in New York in the '80s and '90s, Upstate tells the story of two young lovers, Antonio and Natasha, torn apart by tragedy and struggling to survive against all odds. When a horrific tragedy sends Antonio to jail, their worlds turn upside down.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Book. Different Delivery, and Enjoyable"
    "Different"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book told from letters written back and forth over many years. The characters are full bodied and interesting. A different read and a story you have not read 100 times before.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Zadie Smith
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (117)

    Set on both sides of the Atlantic, Zadie Smith's third novel is a brilliant analysis of family life, the institution of marriage, intersections of the personal and political, and an honest look at people's deceptions. It is also, as you might expect, very funny indeed.

    Sarah says: "two thumbs up"
    "Don't waste your time"
    Overall

    This book is an endless litany of unlikeable, whiny characters with little redeeming value. I listened to about 17 hours of what I thought would be a good read (according to critic reviews) and found NOTHING funny or satisfying about the read. It is not sad nor did I learn anything from it. Too long, too wordy and boring.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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