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Traci

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 128 titles in library
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  • Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Fallows
    • Narrated By Catherine Byers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Deborah Fallows has spent a lot of her life learning languages and traveling around the world. But nothing prepared her for the surprises of learning Mandarin - China's most common language - or the intensity of living in Shanghai and Beijing. Over time, she realized that her struggles and triumphs in studying learning the language of her adopted home provided small clues to deciphering behavior and habits of its people, and its culture's conundrums.

    Catherine says: "Interesting examination of Chinese culture"
    "Lesson in Chinese Culture"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Dreaming in Chinese in three words, what would they be?

    It's a nice story, and a way to learn more about the Chinese language through Chinese culture.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator has a nice, sentimental, warm tone in the book, but the Chinese was almost unrecognizable.


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

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12331)
    Performance
    (11201)
    Story
    (11229)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Love, Love, Love this book."
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    Performance
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    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes. The story was just so original, or at least new to me. It kept me guessing, and it has a great sense of humor. The metaphors and descriptions in the book are very well written.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I love the scenes where the narrator changes voices for some of the more interesting characters.


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

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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