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SusanKC

I'm a busy stay at home Mom, with an adolescent "special needs" kiddo & my husband with MS. I love gardening, cooking, reading, and hand crafts. Being able to listen to a book while I'm doing other things (including dreadful things like housekeeping) is heavenly!

Kansas City, MO (for now) | Member Since 2012

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  • The Sisterhood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Helen Bryan
    • Narrated By Laura Roppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Reeling from a broken engagement, adopted 19-year-old Menina Walker flees to Spain to bury her misery by writing her overdue college thesis - and soon finds herself on an unexpected journey into the past. The subject of her study is Tristan Mendoza, an obscure 16th-century artist whose signature includes a tiny swallow - the same swallow depicted on a medal that is Menina’s only link to her birth family. Hoping her research will reveal the swallow’s significance and clue her in to her origins, Menina discovers the ancient chronicle of a Spanish convent containing the stories of five orphaned girls hidden from the Spanish Inquisition.

    Linda says: "Great way to enjoy a book!"
    "Sisterhood"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book truly portrays the bonds of women's' friendships; the ups and downs, the catty and heroic, the joy and the pain that draws us closer together. Women do not have many life-long friendships, we're often spread too thin taking care of spouses, children, parents, and others "needing" our help. When we have friends who take care of us, these women become our sisters.


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  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1934)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1103)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    Marv says: "a masterpiece!"
    "Beautiful, brutal, & poignant"
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    What did you love best about The Good Earth?

    The story, as written and read, put me in China in a period where caste systems, filial duty, female helplessness & value only as "trophies," and tasks / infrastructure construction were completed for the elite by hoards of male & female serfs existed(possibly early 20th century).


    What other book might you compare The Good Earth to and why?

    The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder because of the attention to detail and the emotional experiences of the family members.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scenes where he and his wife were intimate and honest with each other (eg, working together in the fields and his remorse over his inability to express his love to himself & his wife when he learns she is terminally ill).


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to completing the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (497)

    The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

    Brooks says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Amazing story and narration!"
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    Where does Winter's Bone rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I've listened to; the story is taut and compelling and Ms Gavin's narration is pitch perfect.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter's Bone?

    The bleakness of the late fall and winter Ozarks correspond perfectly with the lives of crushing poverty and lack of professional prospects experienced by most of the people in this novel. I live in west-central Missouri and winter here is cold, wind scrubbed, grey, and bleak. Mr Woodrell captured this numbing environment perfectly.


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

    Her description and accents are spot on.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing story of strength and love in a setting that crushes all but the best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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