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  • The Yarn Whisperer

  • My Unexpected Life in Knitting
  • By: Clara Parkes
  • Narrated by: Clara Parkes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

In The Yarn Whisperer: Reflections on a Life in Knitting, renowned knitter and author Clara Parkes ponders the roles knitting plays in her life via 22 captivating, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny essays. Recounting tales of childhood and adulthood, family, friends, adventure, privacy, disappointment, love, and celebration, she hits upon the universal truths that drive knitters to create and explores the ways in which knitting can be looked at as a metaphor for so many other things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful from start to finish

  • By Beth E. on 06-08-16

Never Underestimate a Knitter

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

Clara is a beautiful writer and this book is even better by her own narration and inflections.

  • Remarkable Creatures

  • By: Tracy Chevalier
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

From the moment she's struck by lightening as a baby, it is clear that Mary Anning is marked for greatness. On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, she learns that she has "the eye"-and finds what no one else can see. When Mary uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Book!

  • By Griffin on 02-01-10

Takes you back in time.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-10

I enjoyed this book as it really brings you to the scene of the small Wales village. Insight into the status women held and the social issues they faced. Charlotte Parry was an excellent narrator. Loved the accent.

  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

  • A Novel
  • By: Jamie Ford
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,289

In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet

  • By Christopher on 04-02-09

Enjoyable Historical Fiction

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-09

I did enjoy this audio book. It would have been really nice if it was dramatized. The historical aspects of the Asian community in America during the war was unknow to me before I listened to this audiobook. It was a bit predictible, but still entertaining. It was also interesting having been in the areas that the novel was set in.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,502
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,214

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a bit of a voyeur

  • By Ella on 03-10-09

Enjoyable style

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-09

I enjoyed the layout of this book in letters. It was fun to listen to long and short letters and the dramatization of the individuals. Bits of history, geography, and human insite.