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  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

  • A Novel
  • By: Jamie Ford
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a book! What a narrator!!

  • By Bev S. Weiler on 09-06-09

An okay read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-10

The topic of this novel, the incarceration of Northwester Japanese families during WWII had a lot of potential. It's not the topic of many novels. I love historical fiction, but I found this one a bit campy and predictable. It's hard to be engaged in a romance between 12 year olds. The sub-plot of the items found in the Panama Hotel could have been utilized better. Overall, an entertaining read, but I almost alway knew what was coming next and this was usually accompanied by an eye roll. Too bad it did not live up to its potential.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,277
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,202
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,220

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

I didn't want it to end!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-10

A truly excellent novel. The characters are very engaging. The story is one that needed to be told. This book is one of my top five novels at this point along with "The LIfe of Pi" and "Lord of the Flies." I listen to these books on my one our commute to work, and this book caused me to sit in the parking lot in order to hear more.

  • Half Broke Horses

  • A True-Life Novel
  • By: Jeannette Walls
  • Narrated by: Jeannette Walls
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559

Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" ( Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE"

  • By Kathryn on 01-10-10

What my life would have been 100 years ago

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-10

I thoroughly enjoy all books based on real life stories -- especially of the hardships of earlier America. I truly empathized with the main female character as I was a tomboy myself. The story draws you in and keeps you interested. True history is well entwined with a fascinating story. It was a nice different point of the view of the era than the usual non-fiction. The way a "cowboy" story should be.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,052

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

A good "read"

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-10

Generally a very good book. It certainly kept my attention as I always like fiction based on stories that are based on history. The history here is the real life in a circus. Although well read for both narrators, the older version of the protagonist was a little harder to listen to and that part of the story dragged a bit. Without blowing the ending, I will say I let the book start over again to listen to the first chapter because I had assumed things that I needed to clarify. I always like that kind of twist. Definitely worth reading.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Soul Survivor

  • The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot
  • By: Bruce Leininger, Andrea Leininger
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

This is the story of James Leininger, who---a little more than two weeks after his second birthday---began having blood-curdling nightmares that just would not stop. When James began screaming out recurring phrases like "Plane on fire! Little man can't get out!" the Leiningers finally admitted that they truly had to take notice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful true life story

  • By Nancy on 01-09-10

Too much fluff

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-10

I was intrigued about this book when my skeptical father recommended it. Although it might be better in print than on audio, it was a severe disappointment. The story could have been told in half the amount of time. There is way too much useless information that is obviously added just so the story could be a book instead of a magazine article. I grew to dislike the parents, especially the mom who seemed to want to use the book simply to brag about herself. Finally, the narrator couldn't have been more soporific. He read the book as if he was being forced at gunpoint. Particularly annoying was his "voice" of Andrea Leiniger. He simply sounded like a drag queen. I found myself anxious for it to be over (or at least get to the point), but, unlike a hard copy book, you can't skim ahead without being afraid of missing something. Unfortunately, there was little to miss.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful