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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11863)
    Performance
    (7819)
    Story
    (7854)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Runs the gambit of emotions."
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    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    The undying will to survive


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    Probably the one that starts on page one and ends on the last page.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the raft was detected by an enemy plane


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

    I suffer very mildly from PTSD...as many service members do. If my PTSD was any worse, I don't know if I could have handled this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Rupturing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2594)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1669)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Way over done"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Shorten it by decreasing the character build up.


    What could Kate Morton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Ended with a bigger bang. The whole story kept building and building to an anticipated crescendo, but then it just ended.


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

    Her ability to jump between accents


    Do you think The House at Riverton needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not specifically a follow-up. However if the author can deliver a better conclusion I would try another by her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    Overall
    (1950)
    Performance
    (876)
    Story
    (876)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Not entirely what you expect"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry. He shows what love beyond any limitations (time, race, perceptions, expectations....) can feel like


    Have you listened to any of Feodor Chin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could rename Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, what would you call it?

    Love, beginning and ending


    Any additional comments?

    Especially poignant if you happen to live in Seattle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4564)
    Performance
    (2034)
    Story
    (2022)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Captivating"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unique...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The escape


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

    If I could have, I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole premise (the world as viewed by a 5 year old boy who has never seen the world...wow!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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