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  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,114

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

A Miserably Little Life

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-16

I loved it. it is not happy novel. It is life. It could be someone's reality.

  • The Star Side of Bird Hill

  • By: Naomi Jackson
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Two sisters, ages 10 and 16, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados, after their mother can no longer care for them. The young Phaedra and her older sister, Dionne, live, for the summer of 1989, with their grandmother, Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah. Dionne spends the summer in search of love, testing her grandmother's limits, and wanting to go home. Phaedra explores Bird Hill, where her family has lived for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My absolute favorite book of all time

  • By Eme on 07-16-15

My absolute favorite book of all time

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

Where does The Star Side of Bird Hill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Number 1. I will be hard pressed to find a book that will knock this one out of top spot anytime soon.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Phaedra because she was so sure of herself. She was an American growing up in Barbados and was treated as such and it just made her stronger. She was alert to her surroundings and new who was genuine and who wasn't and she didn't follow her sister blindly just because she was older. She asked questions. Hyacinth was the sweetest Caribbean Granny you would want to meet. She could have been my granny, firm but loving. She loved those girls and her own daughter fiercely and always acting in their best interest. She listened, observed and only intervened when necessary.

What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

Robin Miles is a tour-de-force to be reckoned with. She captured the feel of the islands exactly. The accents rolled of her tongue like water and she could switch seamlessly between American and Bajan. Even the America/Bajan hybrid of some parts of the story came alive. She was simply wonderful. I could listen to her forever.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Of course I had an extreme reaction to this book. I cried, I cried many times. I'm hoping that is was it struck some deep chord within and that i'm not going crazy for crying over a book. I too and Caribbean American and it took me home again. I loved this book so very much, the writing was beautiful, the love between characters was even more arresting. It was a sweet Caribbean tale of love and loss and it touched me deeply

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