The thrilling new novel from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been abandoned and adopted by an American couple.
I initially struggled with this book. I was very put off by the narrator- she's very good but could she be anymore middle America? Why on Earth didn't they get a narrator with an accent? The main character's teenage mindset and decisions were driving me batty.
But I got used to the narrator and enjoyed the switching chapters that occur later in the book and I enjoyed the ending.
In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.
I listened to this one because I recently listened to "Equal Parts of the Sun" by the same author and loved that one. This book was mostly good with some quirks I didn't appreciate:
1. I didn't love the author. She grew on me more as the book went on.
2. A large portion of this book feels like a romance novel with the sex scenes.
3. What is with the random music playing in the background? It doesn't really seem to go with what is going on the book and it doesn't matter the end of a chapter. That was strange.
The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993 - a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women's rights, and popular culture. My Own Words is a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and more.
This audiobook is better than the actual book because it contains actual audio clips of RBG's speeches, her husband's speeches, and even a song or two from her opera! The narrator who explains the various clips and reads the excerpts chosen that are not in audio file is quite good as well.
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In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.
Decent story. If you're familiar with and/or have read much about Henry VIII's story, then this book is nothing new.
The narrator's normal voice is good. But his voices for characters all sound very haughty... which happens to work for some characters but not all. That got a bit old.
Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....
The multiple narrators in this book got on my nerves. Johnny Depp narrates the first few chapters which was lovely. Then there is a very abrupt switch to someone else that I didn't like as much. Johnny Depp comes back for a chapter or two and then hands it over to Keith Richards who uses yet another person to read quotes.
The story itself is intrinsically interesting because it's Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones. They did some crazy stuff and learning the story behind songs and the big fight is really neat. There are sections where he rambles and it got a bit old.
The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
This narrator is fantastic- hey voices and accents for each character are distinctive and so well done. The story is quite good and will break your heart several times over.
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After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.
This book is fantastic. Claire Danes is great. The special edition isn't very special- they added a bit of music before the chapters and a discussion and essay at the end.
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