Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.
Long wait and no payoff. Characters largely not compelling. Meandering. Well-loved by many but not by me.
Their Eyes Were Watching God, an American classic, is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.
Wow, amazing virtuoso performance by Ruby Bell. The characters were voiced with such depth and richness. Switching between the elegant, scholarly narrator and the rough banter of the townspeople is quite a trick and she nails it. Tremendous book.
Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.
Tremendous story centering on the utterly intimate relationship between wet nurse and child offers touching perspectives on the run-up to the Civil War. Characters were richly developed and the performance was nuanced and compelling. Bravo.
By turns tender and terrifying, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff captures America on the verge of political upheaval in 2016 and introduces us to a man who just might be able to save us from the oncoming horror. Yes, Bob Honey - carnival carny, sewage specialist, and government operative, among other occupations - has spent years in preparation, crisscrossing the world in the employ of a mysterious government program that pays in small bills.
This rich, dense, and yes, even moist text is a little hard to instantly digest in audio format without missing some of the more rapid-fire delicious bits. But it was a fine feast, nonetheless. And Penn does a great reading.
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A new state, a new city, a new high school. Mike's father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend, even if Mike and his plainspoken little sister, Toby, don't want to go. Dad wants Mike to ditch art for sports, to toughen up, but there's something uneasy behind his demands. Then Mike meets Sean, the new kid, and "hey" becomes games of basketball, partnering on a French project, hanging out after school. A night at the beach. The fierce colors of sunrise.
Poignant coming-of-age tale of young love and loss. A cautionary tale for parents everywhere. Melancholy and sweet.
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."
The narration of this book is superb. Really enriched the story. Bradbury's tale is prescient. Our vapid society is perilously close to that which he imagined in 1967.
A young American civil war recruit overcomes initial fears and shame to become a hero on the battlefield.
Before selecting this audio version of The Red Badge of Courage, I listened to snippets of other versions, and am glad I selected this version. I found Mike Boris' presentation to be the most compelling and easiest to understand. His cadence and pace are excellent and his enunciation is superb.