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Jennifer Mckinney

Texas
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This is my favorite Lisa See novel to date!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

This is my favorite Lisa See novel to date. Wow! I absolutely recommend this novel if you liked Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, and China Dolls. Although all are different those are the ones I've read and liked as well.
The plot of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane was rich with Akha tribal influence and traditions ranging from the unusual to the bizarre to Westerner and city dwellers mindset but do not let this deter you from reading an amazing story.
The narrators were fabulous as with most Audible books. The characters came alive for me once again. I say this often but it's the truth. I really liked the main character and Hailey.
I am now hoping for a sequal to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. Happy listening! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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East meets West in New York City's Chinatown

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

If you could sum up Mambo in Chinatown in three words, what would they be?

If I could only use 3 words to sum up Mambo in Chinatown they would be; Tearjerking, Magical, and Moving.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the depth of Lisa's character and her relationship with her older sister, Charlie, as well.
Likewise, I like Charlie and her ambitious nature and East meets West philosophy.

Have you listened to any of Angela Lin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not listened to any of Angela Lin's other performances but I plan to now. I can't compare to anything but I will say she did the different voices and personalities so well. It made the characters come to life for me and as a result Mambo in Chinatown flew by quickly!

If you could take any character from Mambo in Chinatown out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would take Charlie or Lisa out to dinner. I can't decide between the two but I saw deep well rounded characters in both of them and would want to get to know them better.

Any additional comments?

Mambo in Chinatown is such a great listen! I had the option to read the large print copy from the library but I chose the audio version instead and am very glad I did. The audio version was fantastic and I recommend it to anyone who wants a good book to read. Happy listening!

One of my new favorite books of 2017

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

As an avid reader I read/ listened a lot this year. One of my favorites was Alice Hoffman's book, The Rules of Magic. I read it around Halloween as I usually watch the sequel, Practical Magic at that time and didn't this year. It was like magic!
About the book: I liked that the (older) Owens sisters came along in a prequel to fill a much needed void. With the back drop of the psychedelic 1960's, the story was a tightly woven tale of the Sisters coming of age in NY & MA.
I loved the way the narrator brought the characters to life in a way that might not have been possible if I had just picked it up in hardback or paperback format.
Alice Hoffman is an amazing storyteller and her book The Rules of Magic was loved, talked about, and recommend to friends by me. Now I am recommending it to you. Happy listening!

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A very good read. I could not put it down!

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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: 07-06-17

Nadia Hashimi weaves a beautiful and heartbreaking tale of family, friendship, and war in The Pearl That Broke it's Shell. This is the first historical fiction novel by a very talented author. The narrator was fabulous as well. I did not want to put the book down!
I recommend both this historical fiction novel as well as when the moon is low by Nadia has she me

An informative and wild adventure with The Beatles and Rob Sheffield

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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: 06-12-17

This is a fun and telling book about The Beatles. I recommend this book to any and every Fab Four fanatic out there. It is also for everyone who just likes music and it's history through one band. The author and narrator, Rob Sheffield, paints a vivid picture of not only The Beatles throughout history but why certain things happened in their lives i.e. The Paul is dead theory. Maybe that is real, maybe it's not. If you are the least bit curious about The Beatles or if you want to find out if you are more John or Paul this audiobook is for you. So have fun, sit back, and let the wild adventures with The Beatles and Rob Sheffield wash over you.

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Another great book from my past

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. It has so many twists and turns as it is a psychological thriller for YA's. I read it as a YA in the early 90's in book form but got more out of it in audiobook form this time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Reeve was my favorite character I think because he just was kind and helpful to his neighbor Janie. Janie was also a favorite because she was a main character with some serious depth to her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Of course it was but again, just like the last one I read, I had to sleep and eat among other things in life that draw you away from books.

Any additional comments?

I think the narrator could have been better. I mean she was good but Janie's friends voices were slightly confusing as they overlapped occasionally.

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A well written children's classic!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

Would you listen to The Boxcar Children again? Why?

Yes, I read this in book format approx. 25 yrs. ago and adored it so I decided to read it for fun again or listen rather. The narrator is fabulous so I would definitely "re-listen" to it after I finish some other books.

What other book might you compare The Boxcar Children to and why?

Hmmm, maybe a Nancy Drew mystery since The Boxcar Children is a mystery of sorts. That's a difficult question.

Which character – as performed by Phyllis Newman – was your favorite?

Benny just came alive for me so he would have to be a favorite. I can just see him and his chubby little baby cheeks eating wild blueberries, adorable!

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Wow, what a story!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder on K Street to be better than the print version?

Yes, I would consider this version better than a print version because it came to life courtesy of the narrator!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, with Murder on K Street I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! Margaret Truman wrote so many twists and turns into the novel. It was amazing and I didn't want to go to sleep. I wanted to finish the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

The end was my fave I think. I won't give it away with a spoiler though.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I wanted to listen to it in one sitting but couldn't. Beautifully written and narrated though.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

What did you love best about Orphan Train?

Wow, the entire story was amazing! I was unsure at first about the hoping around though time and characters but convinced that it worked by chapter eight. The connection between Vivian and Molly was great!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vivian or Molly I can't decide. They were both so complex and dynamic.

What does Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The characters in the story become more real and take the shape of human beings with a narrator or two in this case.

Any additional comments?

Wow, this should be a Hallmark movie. The book was so good! :)

China Dolls by Lisa See

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

Where does China Dolls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

China Dolls by Lisa See was the first Audible book I listened to and enjoyed. However, I rank it second on the list of fave's. The first is A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith.

What was one of the most memorable moments of China Dolls?

I can't tell, not only were there so many memorable moments but it might ruin the plot for someone. However, I will say it was a fun book to listen to.

Have you listened to any of Jodi Long’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not but I hope to. She is yet another great voice talent.

Any additional comments?

Despite it's length, Lisa See and of course the narrator Jodi Long, make this an interesting and historical read. If you are a fan of Lisa See's work but have yet to read China Dolls I recommend listening to it instead.