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Zabie

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  • When I Found You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (448)

    Nathan McCann thought he didn't want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own - until the baby's grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though: to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.

    Zabie says: "Love comes from many places"
    "Love comes from many places"
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    What did you love best about When I Found You?

    I would never expect to like a story about a boy who wants to become a boxer, but I couldn't put this book down. The character development is excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When I Found You?

    I loved the relationship between the bitter young man and the man who found him in the woods as an abandoned baby. This story is about playing it forwards when someone does something kind for you.


    What about Jeff Cummings’s performance did you like?

    He was able to change his voice with the change of characters so that you knew exactly who was talking.


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

    Absolutely


    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Pet Sounds is, rightly, one of the most celebrated pop albums ever released. It has also been written about, pored over, and analyzed more than most other albums put together. In this disarming book, Jim Fusilli focuses primarily on the emotional core of the album, on Brian Wilson's pitch-perfect cry of despair. In doing so, he brings to life the search for equilibrium and acceptance that still gives Pet Sounds its heart almost four decades after its release.

    Zabie says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I liked the narration and I love the subject matter. The Beach Boys are my favorite all time group and Pet Sounds is one of the best albums ever made. But I was so disappointed in the author's point of view that Brian Wilson was the lone genius of the group. He gives Mike Love zero credit for writing great lyrics. He gives Carl Wilson a little credit. I understand that without Brian, the Beach Boys would not have existed, but I love that Mike Love kept the band performing for 50 years while the other members of the group moved in and out due to mental illness, drugs etc. So, I really was angered often with the one track love affair of the author with Brian. I love him too, but it took all the Beach Boys to make the group.


    What could Jim Fusilli have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have been much more objective and given each member of the Beach Boys credit for the part they played. Carl was the peacemaker. Dennis was good looking and drew in the crowds of girls. Al was fabulous on the guitar. Mike wrote lyrics, was the MC and the personality of the group. Brian wrote fabulous music, arranged the parts and wrote some soulful words. I believe in giving Brian credit for being the genius that he was, but I wanted to hear more good words about the rest of the group and not so many excuses for Brian's difficulties. I understand he had the weight of the group on his shoulders and an abusive father, but everyone is in some part responsible for their own behavior.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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