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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

New Americans

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

Reviewed: 10-11-13

What made the experience of listening to The Buddha in the Attic the most enjoyable?

A classic love story. The perspective of what it felt like to be new in America in a different era. Describing different levels of acceptance or love by each individual, only to be rebuffed.

What does Samantha Quan and Carrington MacDuffie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrators give character to each individual by using emotion instead of voices.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • This American Life, 1-Month Subscription

  • By: This American Life
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

"Its mission is to document everyday life in this country. We sometimes think of it as a documentary show for people who normally hate documentaries. A public radio show for people who don't necessarily care for public radio. What we look for in putting the show together are stories that we love, truly love." Get the latest issue or subscribe!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite part of Audible.com!!

  • By Martha on 04-03-03

I can't get enough

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-03

I LOVE this program! Where they find such interesting people and subjects is beyond me. And yet, we are surrounded by them. The entire staff just seems to have a way with drawing people out of their shells. Commentaries by people like Sara Vowell and David Sedaris are an added bonus that usually has me laughing out loud.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Hours

  • By: Michael Cunningham
  • Narrated by: Michael Cunningham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

The Hours is the story of three women: Clarissa Vaughan, Laura Brown, and Virginia Woolf. By the end of the novel, the stories intertwine in remarkable ways, and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very literary, intentionally slight plot

  • By Steve on 12-02-03

Too much hype?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-03

Maybe my expectations were inflated - I was not at all impressed. Too many deep and detailed descriptions of of mundane situations. Maybe that was the whole point? I gave it 1 star only because the ending was interesting.

4 of 15 people found this review helpful