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Resistance Women audiobook cover art

Informative but not so Riveting

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-19

I found my interest lagging because I wanted more depth in the characters. This was more like an overview of a particular (important) time in German history through the eyes of people who lived it. I learned a lot about what led up to the Nazi's gaining control. I just could not stay with it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Reads like an ethnography or historical account

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-19

The book was well researched and writing was good, but I could not find the heart of the story. Too many tedious details about the events of the war. The details are important, but I'd rather read about it in a non-fiction book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Could not get into it

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I never felt a connection or any empathy for the characters. The story line fell flat for me. The narration was so disconnected from the story line. Barbara Kingsolver has a beautiful voice but the accents did not ring true and there was an overly cheerful tone throughout, even when describing painful feelings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Amazing and Authentic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Sally Field shared her memories of childhood abuse in a way that conveyed the confusing, paradoxical and dark feelings that are so central for people who suffer from being sexually violated. This is a masterpiece that will stand out over time as an outstanding personal memoir and an iconic portrait of a culture in which sexual abuse is rampant.

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Challenged with Narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-18

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She sounded so consistently uplifted with no variation in tone or accommodation for the topic at hand. I'm very sensitive to sound and language so I'm not sure yet if I can finish the book. Also, the description lists Will Patton as a narrator and several chapter in he has not appeared. He's great!

Hidden Figures audiobook cover art
  • Hidden Figures
  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles

Needs Heart

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I wanted to like this book because the movie trailer was so great. It was like reading a newspaper. It was a chronicle of particular characters and their historical setting and personal traits, but there was no sense of aliveness or depth. The research was strong and it was an admirable attempt to shed light on a shameful time in history, But just did not find the writing interesting.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Music detracted from Story

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-16

What would have made Boys in the Trees better?

I chose to return this book after the second chapter because of the distracting loud music that was randomly interspersed through the reading. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason for the music- suddenly music begans playing at the same decibel as her voice so listening was an arduous task for my brain. It was so annoying that I cannot tell if I liked the book or not. This was mostly piano music- I began to dread what would happen later when the story describes the 60's! This one is better to read than hear!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Touching and Educational

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Any additional comments?

I appreciated Luis' honest revelations about the Iraq war that could only come from a courageous and perceptive person who had been there. His personal experience with the trauma of war and the emotional hurt in losing trust in the army were very revealing. I have the feeling he is speaking for many people who cannot put their experience into words. It was shocking to hear about the discrimination toward people with service dogs. In Hawaii where I live there are often non-service dogs and cats in public establishments- there is so much aloha and recognition of the joy and connection we have with animals. What a devastating trial he went through! He is contributing to change in our culture in so many ways through this book.

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Amazing!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-16

And extremely sensitive porch rail about a woman's journey to wholeness. A story we can all learn from.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Wanted Depth- Didn't Find It

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-16

What disappointed you about Love, Loss, and What We Ate?

I found it to be predictable and more of a factual chronological telling of someone's life. I wanted to feel it with sensory details and also to get a sense of the unique meaning and purpose of her life. I just did not find anything special that set her life apart in a way that contributes to art, culture or a deeper understanding of the human condition. I made 3 hours in before giving up.

Has Love, Loss, and What We Ate turned you off from other books in this genre?

The writing was average and I think for a memoir to be interesting there must be some kind of focal point, point of view or voice that is intriguing.