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Barbara C. Thomas

Greensboro, NC United States
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  • 84, Charing Cross Road

  • By: Helene Hanff
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, John Franklyn-Robbins
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

When Helene Hanff makes an innocent inquiry about the possibility of purchasing hard-to-find books through Marks and Co., Booksellers, she begins a 20-year love affair with Frank Doel, the proper English bookseller who answers her letter and sends along her first order in the fall of 1949. They are two very unlikely correspondents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Story About How Books Connect People

  • By Kitty on 01-11-18

Truly delightful

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

The book is a true delight in every way. The correspondence between Hanff and Doel over the years is a testament to human connection, and the power books have to connect us. Short but so worth it. I will listen again.

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,590

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing Story--2 missing chapters

  • By J. Elliott on 01-28-10

I fell headlong into this one!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-18

Completely, thoroughly engrossing. I can not recommend this listening experience high enough! The narrators are excellent. This is story telling at its highest levels.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,636
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,452

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

A Remarkable Narrative of the Transforming Potential of Education

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

This is a stunning (albeit excruciating) memoir of one woman’s slog toward a freeing of self through her hard won education. Westover expands the definition of education....or perhaps considers it most fully....in this book as she equates it with transformation and a selfhood that, in her case, is hard won. Wow, there is such resilience in humans! Yes, so hard to endure at times, as she is at the mercy of an abusive brother and a lunatic father, but this one is way, way worth the time.

  • State of Wonder

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,454

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

  • By F. B. H. In TN on 06-10-11

Wraps up too quickly!

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

If you could sum up State of Wonder in three words, what would they be?

Engrossing, wrenching, lovely.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ann Patchett? Why or why not?

Yes, I found her writing to be beautiful.

Any additional comments?

I found the story to be quite engrossing, the narration to be fantastic, the characters to be likable and developed fully, but the story wraps up a little too quickly in my opinion. Patchett seems fully willing and able to lay the stage and take the time to evolve her characters in her beautiful prose, so I was a bit baffled when some aspects of the story seemed to be resolved overly fast.

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