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  • The Last Camellia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sarah Jio
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    On the eve of the Second World War, the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate. Flora, an amateur American botanist, is contracted by an international ring of flower thieves to infiltrate the household and acquire the coveted bloom. Her search is at once brightened by new love and threatened by her discovery of a series of ghastly crimes. More than half a century later, garden designer Addison takes up residence at the manor, now owned by the family of her husband, Rex. The couple’s shared passion for mysteries is fueled by the enchanting camellia orchard and an old gardener’s notebook. Yet its pages hint at dark acts ingeniously concealed. If the danger that Flora once faced remains very much alive, will Addison share her fate?

    Kim says: "Addictive"
    "Beyond Terrible!"
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    What would have made The Last Camellia better?

    Characters who behaved in a reasonable and believable manner to life's events. A narrator who isn't as difficult to listen to as fingernails on a chalkboard. Seriously, there is no way to make it better. It is just too terrible for words.


    Has The Last Camellia turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Just other books by this author and narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a voice coach. Work on dialing down the whine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last Camellia?

    Well, I didn't finish this book which is UNHEARD of for me. I quit listening when a character witnessed the murder/manslaughter/killing of a toddler and decided not to report it. Really? That is how you would react? There are so many other unbelievable reactions that come earlier in the book. The one I mentioned was just the straw that broke the camel's back.


    Any additional comments?

    I hated this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2432)
    Performance
    (2149)
    Story
    (2140)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Strong srart; weak finish"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have focused the plot on the lives of the sister and her brother. Too many characters were brought in who did not enhance the story at all (I.e. why did we have to know so much about the background of the Greek doctor and his camera? Or the girl with the face disfigurement?)


    Would you ever listen to anything by Khaled Hosseini again?

    I would consider it. I loved the Kite Runner.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    The male narrator was fine. I did not enjoy the woman with the French accent. I found her accent to be distracting.


    Did And the Mountains Echoed inspire you to do anything?

    Download and listen to a better book immediately.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a shame that a book with such a strong, attention grabbing beginning would become so very boring mid-way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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