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Betsie

Lansing, MI United States
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  • Mei Li of China Vol 1 Illustrated Edition

  • Volume 1
  • By: Sally Hull
  • Narrated by: Caroline McLaughlin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Eleven-year-old Mei Li lives in China and wonders about her new English teacher Missy, who is a "foreign devil" from America. While Missy teaches her English, Mei Li teaches Missy how to live in China. She takes her to the shops and bargains for her. She cautions her not to drink unboiled water. As their friendship grows, Mei Li learns that Missy is what some call a Christian and believes that she will live forever. When a boy in Mei Li's class dies unexpectedly, Mei Li has questions about eternity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid and Unique

  • By Betsie on 04-07-15

Vivid and Unique

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

What made the experience of listening to Mei Li of China Vol 1 Illustrated Edition the most enjoyable?

I love the details Sally Hull weaves into her stories. The author's personal experiences really allow her to tell a vivid story with clear description.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mei Li's curiosity and persistence really resonated with me.

What does Caroline McLaughlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator's authentic voice really brings the character's to life. The voices and accent's are consistent throughout the story. Excellent narration!

  • Dust

  • By: Emanuel Haldeman-Julius, Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

In the 1870’s, Jacob and Sarah Wade travel with their three children in a covered wagon to lay claim to land in Kansas to call their own and scratch out a living. The book follows three generations of the Wade family although it concentrates mostly on the relationship between Martin Wade, the oldest son of Jacob and Sarah, and the woman he chooses to marry, Rose. The hard existence of farm life takes a toll on all involved and affects each person differently. This

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historical

  • By MeDi on 11-13-14

Underappreciated Classic

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

Reviewed: 11-06-14

What does Lee Ann Howlett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lee Ann Howlett's smooth narration, with an edge of the sardonic, perfectly matches the tone of the story and allows the listener to feel the pain and loneliness of the characters.

Any additional comments?

Dust is an overlooked classic that, while published in 1921, remains relevant to the 21st century reader. The essence of the relationship between the main characters, Rose and Martin, is not unlike that of modern couples who seek to fill the emptiness in their relationships by working harder. A melancholy tale, indeed, but this is a story that needs to be told to remind us of our humanity.

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