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  • Praise Song for the Butterflies

  • A Novel
  • By: Bernice L. McFadden
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Abeo Kata lives a comfortable, happy life in West Africa as the privileged nine-year-old daughter of a government employee and stay-at-home mother. But when the Katas' idyllic lifestyle takes a turn for the worse, Abeo's father, following his mother's advice, places the girl in a religious shrine, hoping that the sacrifice of his daughter will serve as atonement for the crimes of his ancestors. Unspeakable acts befall Abeo for the 15 years she is held in the shrine. When she is finally rescued, broken and battered, she must struggle to overcome her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Searing!

  • By Susie Bright on 09-05-18

Searing!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I've been waiting all summer for this audiobook's release. Bernice McFadden is one of my favorite writers. She's a master of spare language; of the sharp detail that will unravel a tale as dark as any in the news. The image of a peanut rolling up to a yellow flip-flop and catalyses dreadful action is burned into my mind's eye.

"Praise Song" is in the expert hands of narrator Robin Miles and I can hardly think of anyone who could relate each character's flaws and troubles, as well as tenderness, with so much grace.

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  • Season of the Witch

  • A Novel
  • By: James Leo Herlihy
  • Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

It’s the fall of 1969, and Gloria Random’s best friend John has been called up for the draft. To escape it, they decide to run away from their Midwest town and their mundane lives. Renaming themselves Witch and Roy, they head to New York City in search of Witch’s biological father. Landing in the East Village, they are pulled into a community of drug use, mystical rituals, and sexual experimentation as they try to hide deeper and deeper from the realities they left behind. James Leo Herlihy’s third novel captures the mood and grooves of late-60s New York at the height of the anti-war movement and the counterculture revolution. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah Mollo-Christensen Makes It Sing

  • By Susie Bright on 08-20-18

Sarah Mollo-Christensen Makes It Sing

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

For a book that is so distinctly "of its time," the spiraling end of the hippie era, the performance of Sarah Mollo-Christensen is absolutely fresh. Her characters are distinct and heartfelt. Her narrator, "Witch" never veers into parody-- even with vocabulary that describes angel-colored auras, peace marches, "can you dig it?" and "Far out!" It sounds like she means it and isn't making fun of The Brady Bunch.

Anyone who appreciates a strong searcher off to find herself in the big city will love this.

  • Death of a Dissident

  • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

The Victims: An unscrupulous cab driver. The killer's own frightened wife. Most troublesome of all, an outspoken dissident, watched closely by the KGB, whose trial had been set for the very next day. The Weapons: A heavy iron-headed hammer. A rusty, antiquated sickle. And a broken vodka bottle. The Cops:Tkach, who seduces suspects into confessing with his apparent innocence. Karpo, a bit of a Tartar, a bit of a vampire, a stolid saint of the Soviet faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery set in Soviet Russia

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-04-15

Missing the original performance.

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

I have read all the Kaminsky/Rostnikov novels and, tho this is a serviceable performance, I truly miss the much more Russian fluent original performances of these books, which were CD recordings and there lies the rub.
Onward! Thank you Audible, for these books!

  • Notes of a Crocodile

  • By: Qiu Miaojin, Bonnie Huie - translator
  • Narrated by: Jo Mei
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Set in the post-martial-law era of late-1980s Taipei, Notes of a Crocodile is a coming-of-age story of queer misfits discovering love, friendship, and artistic affinity while hardly studying at Taiwan's most prestigious university. Told through the eyes of an anonymous lesbian narrator nicknamed Lazi, this cult classic is a postmodern pastiche of diaries, vignettes, mash notes, aphorisms, exegesis, and satire by an incisive prose stylist and major countercultural figure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreak Like a Thousand Cuts

  • By Susie Bright on 04-18-18

Heartbreak Like a Thousand Cuts

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Author Xiu Miaojin was the butch lesbian Sylvia Plath of Taiwan. By that, I mean both a martyred poet by her own hand— and someone that readers saw their own life reflected by, a million times.

The heroine of Qiu's roman a clef is “Lazi," which has become the slang-nickname for “gay girl” all over China and Southeast Asia.

The book was translated to English by Bonnie Huie. Jo Mei is a terrific newer VO— she has that 21st century sound, and a deviation from everything people think they know about Chinese heroines. Playful, devastating, and a heartbreak like a thousand cuts.

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  • La route de Chlifa [The Chlifa Road]

  • By: Michèle Marineau
  • Narrated by: Maxime Dugas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Karim, seize ans, arrive au Québec après avoir vécu en zone de guerre. Sauvage et renfermé, il nous raconte ce qu'il a vécu dans son pays dévasté. Peu à peu, on découvre le drame qui se cache derrière ce beau visage impassible, et on comprend mieux pourquoi l'adolescent se protège, pourquoi il fuit... et pourquoi il continue de rêver. Une histoire à plusieurs voix et à multiples facettes, qui va de Beyrouth à Montréal en passant par Chlifa, ce village par-delà les montagnes que tentent d'atteindre Karim et Maha, là-bas, au Liban. Un récit bouleversant qui traite de quête, de déracinement...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plus pertinente aujourd'hui que dans les 90s

  • By Susie Bright on 04-18-18

Plus pertinente aujourd'hui que dans les 90s

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Publié dans les années 90 La route de Chilfa est peut-être plus pertinente aujourd'hui que dans les années intermédiaires. L'histoire d'un immigrant et d'un réfugié, son intégration dans son nouveau pays, son expérience morale, et son chagrin. Il brûlent!

Raconté en trois parties, l'histoire fonctionne de l'extérieur dedans. Le livre commence du point de vue d'un camarade de classe de Montréal observant les ondulations faites par un nouveau gamin à l'école, Karim. Ensuite, une narration à la troisième personne des événements traumatisants au Liban qui ont chassé Karim de son pays, nous voyons ce qu'il fuit, mais aussi ce qu'il a laissé derrière lui. Finalement, Karim lui-même raconte qu'il a examiné sa blessure et qu'il a décidé de vivre pour ceux qui lui manquent.

Ceci est une histoire qui change la vie.

  • C'est pas moi, je le jure! [It's not me, I swear!]

  • By: Bruno Hébert
  • Narrated by: Roger Larue
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

C'est pas moi, je le jure?! étonne par sa fraîcheur et sa verve, par sa vision du monde de l'enfance, par son imaginaire débridé. À trente-neuf ans, soit l'âge qu'aurait aujourd'hui son petit héros, l'auteur est manifestement resté très près de ses premières années. - Marie-Claude Fortin, Voir

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Un talent pour exagéation

  • By Susie Bright on 03-21-18

Un talent pour exagéation

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Le héros, Léon, pique la vérité de sa cachette. J'aime sa voix acerbe! Un rocher peut ne pas «pendre dans le ciel» pendant une vague de chaleur au Québec, mais ne le sent-il pas?

L'auteur Hébert a un talent pour la description: la mère de Léon se précipite vers «la piscine de kiddie bleu-vert avec son défilé de Flippers sautant de joie», ou ses sœurs qui sont «gnomes d'une autre planète qui vivaient dans leur propre monde hermétique».

Léon est un enfant qui gagne notre sympathie, mais ses faussetés se retournent, ses meilleures intentions mal interprétées.​

  • Borderline

  • By: Marie-Sissi Labrèche
  • Narrated by: Isabelle Blais
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

«Je suis borderline. J'ai un problème de limites. Je ne fais pas de différence entre l'extérieur et l'intérieur. C'est à cause de ma peau qui est à l'envers. C'est à cause de mes nerfs qui sont à fleur de peau. Tout le monde peut voir à l'intérieur de moi, j'ai l'impression. Je suis transparente. D'ailleurs, tellement transparente qu'il faut que je crie pour qu'on me voie.»

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, wow, wow

  • By Susie Bright on 03-21-18

Wow, wow, wow

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Une auto-fiction confessionnelle brute qui explore la maladie mentale et toute l'aventure et la blessent peut engendrer. L'acteur est fantastique.​

  • Tu peux toujours courir [You can always run]

  • By: Valérie Chevalier
  • Narrated by: Catherine Brunet, Marie-Josee Tremblay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Chanteuse dans un bistro, Alice commence à trouver sa vie un peu monotone quand on lui propose de faire partie d'un groupe se produisant dans des soirées privées. Sur le plan affectif, le meilleur reste à venir. Pour l'instant, elle consomme les rendez-vous galants comme on mange du pop-corn devant un film. Jamais d'attachement, c'est plus simple comme ça.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pétillante

  • By Susie Bright on 03-21-18

Pétillante

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

L'écriture pétillante de Valérie Chevalier est une joie à entendre, interprétée par Catherine Brunet et Marie-Josée Tremblay. Dingo et touchante, l'histoire de leur amitié et de leurs vies amoureuses m'a fait rire et me gaver de joie.

  • Toronto Noir

  • By: Janine Armin - editor, Nathaniel G. Moore - editor
  • Narrated by: Libby Lennie, Julie Lemieux, Connie Wang, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A multicultural nexus, Toronto hosts Indian, Portuguese, African, Italian, and Chinese communities that provide fertile backdrops for Toronto Noir's corrosive exposés. Features brand-new stories by RM Vaughan, Nathan Sellyn, Ibi Kaslik, Peter Robinson, Heather Birrell, Sean Dixon, Raywat Deonandad, Christine Murray, Gail Bowen, Emily Schultz, Andrew Pyper, Kim Moritsugu, Mark Sinnet, George Elliott Clarke, Pasha Malla, and Michael Redhill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too Real!

  • By Susie Bright on 03-21-18

Too Real!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

These stories are sometimes heart wrenching, sometimes funny and consistently satisfying.

"Toronto Noir" takes all the seedy underground secrets of the city neighborhood—sometimes literally, in the case of Michael Redhill's speakeasy in "A Bout of Regret"— and shines a cold, sharp light.

Some favorites in this collection Sean Dixon's "Sic Transit Gloria at the Humber Loop" about an intense bass player with impulse control caught in a transportation nightmare, and the aformentioned "A Bout of Regret" in which a bar owner gets in the ring with his lover's husband.

Kim Moritsugu's "Taste of Honey" about an long struggling, jealous actress was so filled with tension, I had to listen in bursts. Too real!

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  • Hôtel Olympia [French Edition]

  • By: Élisabeth Vonarburg
  • Narrated by: Laurie Normandin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

De ses années d'enfance vécues à l'hôtel Olympia, Danika n'a aucun souvenir sinon ceux de ses rêves, dont elle ne sait départager la réalité de la fantasmagorie. Ces tantes, ce grand-père, tous les personnages qui peuplaient l'hôtel, ont-ils réellement existé? Quant aux années de pensionnat qui ont suivi, elle en garde un goût amer en raison des trop rares visites de son père, Stavros, et de l'absence totale de sa mère, Olympia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • L'Hotel qui rêve

  • By Susie Bright on 02-23-18

L'Hotel qui rêve

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

En façonnant des histoires, les histoires nous façonnent.

Comme le récit de l'Hôtel Olympia devient de plus en plus fantastique, on peut voir les racines profondes mythiques et philosophiques se présenter et se développer. Si vous aimez rechercher des "easter eggs" de mythologie classique, ce livre a beaucoup de joies pour vous.