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Freyda Schwartz Greenman

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  • Maud's Line

  • By: Margaret Verble
  • Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Eastern Oklahoma, 1928. Eighteen-year-old Maud Nail lives with her rogue father and sensitive brother on one of the allotments parceled out by the US government to the Cherokees when their land was confiscated for Oklahoma's statehood. Maud's days are filled with hard work and simple pleasures, but often marked by violence and tragedy, a fact that she accepts with determined practicality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original and engrossing

  • By Katie Cooper on 09-17-16

A down to earth tale of love, hardships and family

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

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

It is an interesting story about a tough nature female and her living along and trying to keep the property and family relationships.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maud - a tough female that did what she had to do

Which scene was your favorite?

The letter she left at the end - dont want to give it away.

Who was the most memorable character of Maud's Line and why?

Maud

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  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,446
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,617

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

Grand Soap Opera

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

What did you love best about The Light Between Oceans?

How the loose ends tied together

Would you be willing to try another book from M. L. Stedman? Why or why not?

Maybe. A little too much drama I considered like a soap opera

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He was terrible. Soft spoken and difficult to understand

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The book is moving and complex. Relationships that are difficult to make and break

  • The Sympathizer

  • A Novel
  • By: Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Narrated by: Francois Chau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,129

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2016. It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Great Vietnamese Novel(Port)Nguyen's Complaint

  • By Joe Kraus on 03-31-16

One of the Best Books I've read...

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

Would you listen to The Sympathizer again? Why?

Listened 2x

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sympathizer?

The final scenes between the two best friends

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

No, but he is terrific

If you could take any character from The Sympathizer out to dinner, who would it be and why?

The main character because of his insights into people.

  • The Refugees

  • By: Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Narrated by: Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 592

With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good collection of short stories

  • By Thomas More on 03-19-17

Terrific storytelling

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

What made the experience of listening to The Refugees the most enjoyable?

Mr. Nguyen command of the English language and his storytelling. Emotional, insightful, informative.

What did you like best about this story?

Different aspects and personalities of the characters in each story

Have you listened to any of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened to The Sympathizer -- though written but not read by him.
That book was excellent - listened twice.
He reads as well as he writes.
Listened to this book twice as well.

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