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Valarie

McKinney, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd, Ann Kidd Taylor
    • Narrated By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    In this intimate dual memoir, she and her daughter, Ann, offer distinct perspectives as a 50-something and a 20-something, each on a quest to redefine herself and to rediscover each other. Between 1998 and 2000, Sue and Ann travel throughout Greece and France. Sue, coming to grips with aging, caught in a creative vacuum, longing to reconnect with her grown daughter, struggles to enlarge a vision of swarming bees into a novel.

    Lisa says: "Laughter and tears"
    "Thoughtful"
    Overall

    The voices of the mother and daughter shine with love for each other. Rather you are trying to find yourself in your 20s or your 50s this read is for you. A smart book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Barbara Caruso, Julia Gibson, and others
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (390)

    Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

    KLBrookline says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written."
    "Did not want it to end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The History of Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best Audiobooks I've listened to and I've been listening for years!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The History of Love is a fresh, innovative story filled with twists and turns, very unique book with lovely writing. Every character in this book will stay with you.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Each individual voice was very well done, great choices for these characters.


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

    This book made me laugh and cry and think deeply about my own life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7113)
    Performance
    (5055)
    Story
    (5044)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Great voices"
    Overall

    Fabulous voices, both the characters and the narrators! Such an easy listen and and a compelling story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27654)
    Performance
    (14242)
    Story
    (14296)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Must Listen"
    Overall

    Excellent book. All four narrators do a fantastic job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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