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  • The Buddha in the Attic

  • By: Julie Otsuka
  • Narrated by: Samantha Quan, Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 241

In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces the extraordinary lives of young Japanese brides, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating topic, irritating writing style

  • By Lydia on 08-26-11

I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Stylistically remarkable. Moving and fascinating story, well told and well read. I think this would be a wonderful read for anyone interested in women’s studies, psychology, social justice, history, sociology, and language.

  • Scrappy Little Nobody

  • By: Anna Kendrick
  • Narrated by: Anna Kendrick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,067
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,832

Anna Kendrick's autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle-class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood's most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick's essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she's experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anna Kendrick: Scrappy Little... Revelation

  • By Andrew on 01-17-17

Easy listening, but funnier without the audio

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

I laughed out loud probably twice as much in the parts of this book that I read than the parts that I listened to. I think Anna Kendrick’s delivery is all-in, which I admire—just not my style of delivery.
The book was very negative in terms of Anna Kendrick’s self image, which I think makes it inappropriate for young girls. Funny, just sometimes (especially in the last sections) she makes light of being extremely down on herself in a way that seems kind of mean spirited to me.