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  • The Leavers

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Ko
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 474

One morning, Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, 11-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an "all-American boy".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Overly dramatic narration.

  • By susan sompayrac on 06-27-17

somewhat dark story.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-17

the book gives the reader a glimpse into the life of immigrants a well as broken relationships. I was left with the question, do we really overcome the imprint left by the environment we grew up in.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge

  • The Gripping True Story That Inspired the Movie
  • By: Booton Herndon, Les Spear - prologue, Max Cleveland - foreword
  • Narrated by: Chris George
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

The men of the 77th Infantry Division couldn't fathom why Private Desmond T. Doss would venture into the horrors of World War II without a single weapon to defend himself. "You're nothing but a coward!" they said. But the soft-spoken medic insisted that his mission was to heal, not kill. When Desmond knelt by his bunk to pray, his fellow soldiers hurled boots and insults at him. Even his commander wanted to throw him out of the army. But when his unit arrived on the battlefield, the intrepid medic quickly proved he was no coward.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring Story, but agonizing Narrator

  • By Donald Haynes on 08-09-17

documentary

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

i expected a non-fiction accounting told in a story-like format. it was more of a documentary told in 3rd person. of course. the man was amazing as is his story. my critique is in the production only.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful