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diane

st pete beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Angelology

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Danielle Trussoni
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now, at 23, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans.

    Angela says: "Very Pleasant Divine Suprise"
    "The Devil Take Angelology"
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this book. Evil angels? Genius idea! Unfortunately, that was the end of the genius. After a promising beginning, the book switched to an unengaging flashbook about the goings on at an angelogy institute in the 1940s. I would have preferred more about evil angels and less about the angelolgists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China Dolls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Jodi Long
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (182)

    It's 1938 in San Francisco: A world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade.

    Mary says: "Need a different reader!! Where is Janet Song??"
    "China Dolls Fails to Enchant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lisa See and/or Jodi Long?

    I loved Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy but this book is not at that level. The characters have all the depth of paper cutouts. The slang gets old and makes it impossible to distinguish which doll is which in this 3 part narration.
    Jodi Long sounds like your New York grandmother reading a bedtime story, a strange and jarring contrast to this story of night club performers in San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1940s.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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