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  • The Buddha in the Attic

  • By: Julie Otsuka
  • Narrated by: Samantha Quan, Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 240

In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of young Japanese brides, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating topic, irritating writing style

  • By Lydia on 08-26-11

A New View of WWII

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

Reviewed: 12-05-12

What did you love best about The Buddha in the Attic?

As a reader of historical fiction, I've read a lot of WWII fiction, but "The Buddha in the Attic" gave a viewpoint I've never read: The story of Japanese women in America just before and during WWII. A great read for anyone interested in the time period.

Who was your favorite character and why?

One of the best things about "The Buddha in the Attic" was that there were really no specific characters. The entire book was told in first/third person plural, everything was "We..." or "One of us..." or "The children..." or "The husbands..." It took a while to get used to, but it was an interesting viewpoint.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty

  • A Novel
  • By: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Narrated by: Joshilyn Jackson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and read!

  • By Elizabeth on 03-26-12

Not Your Average Beach Read

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

What did you love best about A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty?

The story managed to surprise me a few times, which is always nice in today's fiction.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved that each of the three main characters: Mosey, Liza, and Ginny (or Big) had their own way of talking - varrying from a well-behaved, but typical teenager, to a young woman who never had time to grow up, to the caretaker of them all who isn't ready to be a "MeMaw."

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked forward which was told before the chronological story began. It didn't give away anything, but guided the reader/listener through the story.

Any additional comments?

I really liked that this book dealt with taboo subjects (drugs, poverty, religion, teen pregnancy) in ways that didn't demonize all of the characters affected.

  • The Age of Miracles

  • A Novel
  • By: Karen Walker
  • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 705
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 708

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure I can measure up...

  • By Karen on 07-07-12

Not Your Standard Young Adult Book

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

Any additional comments?

When I chose The Age of Miracles, I had no idea that it was (a) a very newly released novel, (b) on the New York Times Best Seller List, or (c) that it was a young adult novel. As an avid reader of YAL (young adult literature) this didn't bother me, but it should be known. It was an interesting novel from the viewpoint of a young girl that has to deal with much more than the average teen of today. The novel doesn't have the happy ending you hope for the narrator, but it's made clear she's not done living yet.

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

  • By: John Green, David Levithan
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,261

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best performances I've listened to

  • By Tan A. Summers on 03-12-12

Great for Teens - Not the Best for Adults

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

What was one of the most memorable moments of Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

The performance of Will Grayson, Will Grayson was spectular. The book was written by two different authors from the viewpoints of two different Will Graysons and also narrated by two different actors - each with his own way of portraying the worlds of the WIll Graysons.

Any additional comments?

As an avid reader of young adult literature (YAL) and someone who has studied YAL at an academic level, I found this book to be good, even great, for teens but not the best for adults. While the novel delved into some very real issues (the treament of young gay teens), it dealt with a lot of very teen-level issues (popularity, finding a girlfriend/boyfriend, getting a fake ID, etc.) as well.

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  • The Kitchen House

  • A Novel
  • By: Kathleen Grissom
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,197

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must!

  • By AB on 09-04-10

A Tale of Two Women

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

Reviewed: 07-05-12

Where does The Kitchen House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Kitchen House made a great audio book because it was dually narrated. In the book, two characters (a young slave woman, Belle, and the 7-year-old Irish indentured servant girl she is put in charge of, Lavinia), and two different women narrate their respective characters in the audio book. However, both women have great voice acting capabilities and the characters in the book all have their own distinct voices. Though there is a prologue which appears to tell sthe whole story, it goes much deeper.

  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,666
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,680

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be patient; it will pay off

  • By Kc on 05-23-05

Good Story; Makes You Think

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

Reviewed: 07-02-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would reccommend this to a friend. It's a good book to think about; easy to read, but not an easy read.

What other book might you compare Never Let Me Go to and why?

This book is somewhere between Chick Lit and Futuristic Dystopia.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened

  • A Mostly True Memoir
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,045
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,041

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!

  • By D. S. Smith on 05-19-12

Great Comedic Memoir

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

Reviewed: 05-21-12

Where does Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened too - mainly because Jenny Lawson narrates her story wonderfully.

Any additional comments?

This book is great for anyone who has ever been ashamed of, proud of, scared of, or confused by his or her own family.