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Ruth Ryynanen

Hancock, MI, US
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  • Hag-Seed

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: R.H. Thompson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: Not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And brewing revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The play on the Play's the thing

  • By Mel on 02-05-18

An English teacher's dream

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

I'm not sure who, aside from English teachers and theater buffs, would be the audience for this novel. But, as a member of both subcultures, I loved it! I teach The Tempest each year to my seniors, and I am thinking quite seriously about having them read Hag-Seed in tandem with it. Margaret Atwood is one of the great writers of our time! Phenomenal work!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,182
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,002

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Necessarily for Knope Fans

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-04-15

Writing is hard!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-15

I hate to give this book a bad review, because I feel empathy toward her. I understand her struggles as a mother, woman, professional. Namely, I understand that writing this book was hard for her. She tells her listeners often that it was hard, that she almost gave up, that she feels vulnerable, etc. etc. First of all, I believe you, Amy Pohler, I know that writing is damn difficult. Writing well is especially difficult. Her book is good, but it's not great, because she gets preachy, you can tell that she is guarding something, and she is just not as funny as she is on stage. Memoirs need to be honest, and if the writer isn't telling the reader all of the story, then she feels slighted. We can tell... I understand that she doesn't want to reveal sordid details about her life. Frankly, it's not our business, but then she should write about something else. She should focus on being funny, instead of trying to write about all that she's learned... I do not really want life lessons from Amy Pohler, which are neither profound nor especially outside of herself. I understand that it's hard to write a book about yourself without sounding self-absorbed, but others have done it. Pohler has not. That being said, there were some funny parts, some parts that I could relate to, and the last chapter was pretty good. I am still a fan, and think that she's bad ass! Also, I liked hearing about being a working mother, which was relatable and inspiring.

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