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Vanda F. Wadsworth

Member Since 2009

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  • Honolulu

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Ali Ahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    Set in the 1920s and 1930s, Honolulu explores the stark contrast between the image of the glamorous Hawaiian paradise portrayed to the mainland and the harsh reality of life on the island. With characters as vivid and richly descriptive as the history of Hawaii itself, this novel is sure to enthrall listeners.

    Jeffrey says: "Very Distracting Narrator"
    "Educational, enjoyable, and entertaining."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. However, because of the cover picture I assumed it was about a nightclub performer and probably would not have read it if my daughter hadn't recommended it. I'm glad she did.
    To me, the title, "Honolulu," is a bit misleading. As one reader suggested, "The Picture Brides" would be a more descriptive title. I loved reading about the courageous Korean picture brides and their part in Hawaiian history.
    Ali Ahn's voice was so perfect I didn't let a few mispronunciations bother me.
    I would highly recommend this book.

    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
    (2555)
    Performance
    (1638)
    Story
    (1634)

    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"
    "Tedious and way too long."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Many similarities to Downton Abby but not nearly as engaging. I stayed with it to the end but it was a plod. An abridgment would improve it considerably.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Composing Amelia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alison Strobel
    • Narrated By Ann Richardson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    How can you choose which dream to follow? Newlyweds Amelia and Marcus are recent college graduates, working hard to stay afloat in Los Angeles while they search for their dream jobs. Marcus, with an MDiv, seeks a pastoral position at a large multicultural city church Amelia has a music degree and hopes to play piano professionally. But God has other plans. When a small church in a small Nebraska town offers Marcus a job, their dedication to their dreams - and to each other - is put to the test. Leaving the city means putting aside Amelia’s career in favor of Marcus’s....

    Vanda F. Wadsworth says: "Mediocre story, mediocre narration"
    "Mediocre story, mediocre narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Composing Amelia? What did you like least?

    The friendly small Nebraska town. Amelia's selfish attitude.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Eliminate the long stretches of thoughts about self doubt and angst.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ann Richardson?

    Someone with more expression and feeling in her voice.


    Could you see Composing Amelia being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (479)

    Lily is haunted by memories of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower and asks the gods for forgiveness.

    Barbara A Danner says: "Disappointing"
    "Good, but somewhat dissapointing"
    Overall

    Lisa See's memoir was interesting but with too many verbose, repetitious, boring stretches. Books about Chinese culture have always interested me but I had never heard of the lautong (sp) relationship between girls. It bothered me because it seemed to encourage lesbianism. I also didn't care for the narrator. The way she clipped words was unnatural and she made everything sound too melodramatic. If you want a good book about Chinese life, I would recommend one written by Pearl Buck.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3171)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1350)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"
    Overall

    Delightful! It made me want to be a member of the Guernsey Literary Society. The narration, with English accents, was excellent. It's a treat to find a good book that isn't about murder and mayhem.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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