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kimberlytere

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  • On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (77)
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    (60)
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    (57)

    Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world.

    William says: "Too much like a documentary history book"
    "Good book. Solid Story."
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    While at times slow, this story was interesting and tells the true story of a family who lived during such an interesting time. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unveiled: Tamar: Lineage of Grace, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Unveiled is the story of Tamar, one of the women in the lineage of Jesus. Francine brings the story to life in her trademark style, showing the grace of God in the life of Tamar and her father-in-law, Judah.

    Unveiled is the first in the Lineage of Grace series of five novellas covering the stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary.

    Bookish says: "A Teaching for Responsible Living"
    "Could not stop listening! Brings the bible to life"
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    Would you listen to Unveiled: Tamar again? Why?

    Probably not. I can't remember ever reading or listening to a book more than once, except for when I was a kid.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It brought the bible story to life. It was incredibly interesting and the narration is excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marlen Suyapa Bodden
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, January LaVoy
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (149)

    When Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa’s hand in marriage, he presents her with a wedding gift: the young slave she grew up with, Sarah. Sarah is also Allen’s daughter and Clarissa’s sister, a product of his longtime relationship with his house slave, Emmeline. When Clarissa’s husband suspects that their newborn son is illegitimate, Clarissa and Sarah are sent back to her parents, Cornelius and Theodora, in shame, setting in motion a series of events that will destroy this once-powerful family.

    C. Crawford says: "Wow! You must listen to this audio book!"
    "Great book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wedding Gift to be better than the print version?

    Yes! love the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The end, the twisted plot, the complicated relationships.


    What about Jenna Lamia and January LaVoy ’s performance did you like?

    She made it easy to listen to. She was animated and her accents were great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alysia Abbott
    • Narrated By Alysia Abbott
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    A beautiful, vibrant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and 80s San Francisco with an openly gay father. After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city in the midst of revolution, bustling with gay men in search of liberation - few of whom are raising a child. Steve throws himself into San Francisco's vibrant cultural scene.

    Tara Saunders says: "If you loved The Glass Castle listen to this!!!!"
    "Really wanted to like it, but couldn't finish it."
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    What about Alysia Abbott’s performance did you like?

    I loved her cadence. She has a great voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had some interesting parts, but it seemed to drag on and on. I was disappointed. I really wanted to love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dollbaby: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Laura Lane McNeal
    • Narrated By January Lavoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (148)

    When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been - and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum - is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.

    Stacy says: "Great Story"
    "Great narration. Loved this book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dollbaby to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator was amazing! She brought this book to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How real it was. Family dysfunction, secrets, pain- it is there and this shined a light on it.


    What does January Lavoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her wonderful voice. She carried this book. I looked forward to listening to it daily.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wes Moore, Tavis Smiley (afterword)
    • Narrated By Wes Moore
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

    Jennifer says: "Biography and Autobiography in One"
    "Fantastic. Smart book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this already to my friends. It is a great story that brings home to cold hard truth about the decisions we all made.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Wes's mom told him she was not going to take him out of military school. It was a painful decision for her as a mom I am sure, but one that needed to be made for the sake of her child.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Every choice has a consequence.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Day Christ Died

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jim Bishop
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
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    (9)
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    (9)

    This is a book about the most dramatic day in the history of the world, the day on which Jesus of Nazareth died. It opens at 6 P.M.--the beginning of the Hebrew day--with Jesus and ten of the apostles coming through the pass between the Mount of Olives and the Mount of Offense en route to Jerusalem and the Last Supper. It closes at 4 P.M. the following afternoon, when Jesus was taken down from the cross.

    Steve Hines says: "Great way to look at the greatest act of love ever"
    "An amazing read! Highly recommend!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Day Christ Died?

    I could really feel, hear, taste and smell what was happening hour by hour. It gave me a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made by Jesus and his disciples, the difficult decisions that had to be made and the incredible grief Mary suffered watching her son go through all of this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jesus. Enough said.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The sermon on the Mount. Good advice even today.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Led by Faith

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Immaculee Ilibagiza
    • Narrated By Immaculee Ilibagiza
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (23)
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    (22)

    For three months in the spring of 1994, the African nation of Rwanda descended into one of the most vicious and bloody genocides the world has ever seen. Immaculée Ilibagiza, a young university student, miraculously survived the savage killing spree that left most of her family, friends, and a million of her fellow citizens dead. Immaculée's remarkable story of survival was documented in her first book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.

    Rachael says: "Interesting perspective"
    "Inspiring and beautifully written."
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    Would you listen to Led by Faith again? Why?

    Yes. I am a big fan of Immaculee Ilibagiza's books. They are honest and sobering. This book is inspiring and makes you grateful for everything you have.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Condoleezza Rice
    • Narrated By Condoleezza Rice
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    This is the story of Condoleezza Rice that has never been told, not that of an ultra-accomplished world leader, but of a little girl - and a young woman - trying to find her place in a sometimes hostile world, and of two exceptional parents, and an extended family and community, that made all the difference.

    Balakrishna says: "March without a march"
    "Awesome book!"
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    If you could sum up Extraordinary, Ordinary People in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, inspiring and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Regardless of your political affiliation, this is a story about family, love, dedication and triumph over pain. It is beautifully written and I love that Ms. Rice read it herself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4261)
    Performance
    (3799)
    Story
    (3802)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Wonderful story."
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    Would you listen to Orphan Train again? Why?

    Yes. It was a well told story that kept me wanting more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vivian- what incredible strength despite the sorrow.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure how I would like the narrator but I ended up really enjoying her voice. Love this book. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12371)
    Performance
    (8286)
    Story
    (8327)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "An amazing story that should be read by all!"
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    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    Important, harrowing story


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    Zamperini


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

    Yes!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I put off listening to this book for years, thinking, "Oh! It is just so long and what if it's boring?" It was anything but boring. This is an amazing book, written so well. I could taste, see, feel what it was like for the men who were captured.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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