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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 275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 240

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

Fascinating topic, irritating writing style

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-11

We enjoyed the fresh perspective on history.
We enjoyed hearing the fascinating stories of these women’s lives.
We enjoyed seeing how varied, how individual, how unique these women were.
We got sick of the constant use of the plural form.
We got sick of the repetition.
We got sick of the constant jumping from person to person, never settling on any one individual for more than a few sentences.
We thought at first that four hours was awfully short for an unabridged audiobook, but by the end of it we didn’t mind that it wasn’t longer.

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  • Soulless

  • An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,991
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,022

Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amelia Peabody has competition

  • By Pamela I Greene on 07-22-10

Fully-fleshed heroine; flat supporting cast

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-11

This book is nice and light and entertaining enough. Just don't think too hard about the plot, or else the many holes become too distracting. Miss Alexia Tarabotti is a delightful heroine, interesting and intelligent without being too perfect. Unfortunately, the rest of the characters are mostly two-dimensional caricatures, completely predictable and uninteresting. Miss Tarabotti's love interest seems like any standard romance novel hero, except for the whole werewolf thing. I wish the relationship between the two of them had been allowed to develop more slowly - the transition from passionate dislike to passionate love was too soon, too sudden, to provide much satisfaction.

My enjoyment of the audiobook was mostly hampered by Emily Gray's narration. Her characterization of Amelia was excellent, but her renditions of some of the other characters left much to be desired. In particular, the accents of two major characters, a Scotsman and an American, sounded quite fake - at least to my American ears. At times Ms. Gray seemed to focus so much on the accents that she forgot to add emotion to their dialogue. Also, the pacing was altogether too slow for my taste. Between sentences there were sometimes pauses long enough to make me wonder if my headphones had become suddenly unplugged, and the same leisurely tone was used to describe a pair of ladies strolling in the park as was employed in the description of a bloody, climactic battle between supernatural forces. It would have been nice if more of the excitement of the events was noticeable in the narrator's tone.

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