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  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

  • By: Therese Anne Fowler
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140

When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the "ungettable" Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn't wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Her father is deeply unimpressed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Attraction to the disillusioning 20's comes alive!

  • By LP on 04-01-13

Loved, loved , loved

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald to be better than the print version?

The narrator's voice was so rich and layered and brought to life this novel in ways I certainly wouldn't have been able to myself. This is a MUST in audio format.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald?

I have too many! I'm heartbroken it is over and my time with Zelda is finished. I may re-listen to this book. It is so rich and beautifully done, it's like a decadent chocolate for your ears and imagination. I would say my most enjoyed moments were of their love affair in the beginning when everything is promising and fresh.

What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

It was beyond amazing. She WAS Zelda. I enjoyed her narration so much I want to seek out her other work, but I'm afraid I might miss Zelda and get confused.

If you could rename Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, what would you call it?

I wouldn't change it.

Any additional comments?

I hate to hype a book because I hate to give other readers expectations, but I can't gush about this book enough. It may be one of my all time favorites now. The writing was just breathtaking and gorgeous. You could lose focus of the narrative and over arcing storyline and just get lost in the imagery and sentence structures. I can see myself buying the print version and taking a highlighter to it. For a book about literary masters, it feels a masterpiece in and of itself. I deeply enjoyed my time with this book and every time the narrator announced a new chapter a little voice in my head would go "no!" it felt like a countdown against a ticking bomb, I didn't want it to end.

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  • Fever

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Beth Keane
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 663

Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Faction" at its best

  • By karen on 01-27-16

LOVED LOVED LOVED

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-15

What did you love best about Fever?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was excellent in every way. I'm not very familiar with the real case of Mary Mallon so I can't speak to the authenticity of historical accuracy, but it was very engaging and I found myself very immersed in Mary's world and historical New York.

What did you like best about this story?

It was captivating. It kept me glued to the "what will happen" feeling.

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

She did a wonderful Irish accent and perfectly captured the air of what I think the author thinks Mary was like.

If you could take any character from Fever out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Mary of course.

Any additional comments?

Excellent in so many ways, probably my favorite audio book yet. I loved it.

  • Thieving Forest

  • By: Martha Conway
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

On a humid day in June 1806, on the edge of Ohio's Great Black Swamp, 17-year-old Susanna Quiner watches from behind a maple tree as a band of Potawatomi Indians kidnaps her four older sisters from their cabin. With both her parents dead and all the other settlers out in their fields, Susanna makes the rash decision to pursue them herself. What follows is a young woman's quest to find her sisters and the parallel story of her sisters' new lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trading in the old west

  • By happyjo on 05-15-18

Skip the audiobook, read the real thing.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Thieving Forest to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the story very much, but it was very hard to get past the narration, it almost ruined this book for me. I almost want to read the actual book and hopefully fill in some of what I missed because the narrator was so distracting (in a bad way). I could NOT get past the narrator's girl voices for these young women. Simple sentences were delivered as whiny, borderline creepy and very irritating. I understand that in some instances, the protagonist was naive, but never whiny. I think there is a really solid, beautiful story here, but it is hard to find when listening to this as an audio book. Read the real thing instead.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Thieving Forest?

The relationship between self and surroundings.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Very poor voice-over choices for these young women in the story. It actually makes you physically uncomfortable with annoyance and anger at such odd voice choices.

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

A journey of redemption.

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