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Sarah

jacksonville, FL, United States

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  • Nowhere is a Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bernice McFadden
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (142)

    Nothing can mend a broken heart quite like family. Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most important, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family's past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and stubbornly reluctant to reveal its secrets. But Sherry is determined to know the full story. In a few days' time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them.

    Brenda says: "Richly textured and captivating"
    "This is a new favorite!"
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    Where does Nowhere is a Place rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is only my second book...but it is definitely a new favorite.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nowhere is a Place?

    Without going into detail, as I would not want to ruin it for others...one of the most memorable moments, and there were many, was the interaction between Lou and her boy. I was taken aback by it!


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

    The emotion of the characters. conveyed through the subtle unspoken words and pauses. And the accents when words were spoken. She made me feel like I was being spoken to directly...like I was a part of the journey.


    If you could rename Nowhere is a Place, what would you call it?

    I just wouldn't...to change the title would detract from the essence of the book. The title is amazingly perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and so much so that I have encouraged my daughters to take a listen. I will listen to it again...definitely!! Bernice McFadden is a fantastic writer and will be added to my collection of favorite authors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Mercy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Jacob is an Anglo-Dutch trader and adventurer, with a small holding in the harsh north. Despite his distaste for dealing in "flesh," he takes a small slave girl in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Catholic Maryland. This is Florens, "with the hands of a slave and the feet of a Portuguese lady." Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master's house, but later from a handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved.

    Pablo says: "Great book"
    "Absolutely LOVED this!!"
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    Would you listen to A Mercy again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this again. I loved everything about it...and hated when it was done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt connected and invested emotionally in the characters and their lives. I could "see" these people as I listened.


    What about Toni Morrison’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is captivating...I suppose her being the author allowed for the telling of the story the way she intended as opposed to how another narrator would have interpreted it. The emotion and passion of what she wanted to portray were felt.


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

    I actually did complete all of the book minus about 45 mins in one sitting. It was truly that good!


    Any additional comments?

    I love Toni Morrison's work. This was the first time I've listened to a book and now I cannot wait to listen to her "Beloved" even though I've read it twice already!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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