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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5383)
    Performance
    (4557)
    Story
    (4567)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Outstanding book!"
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    If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating
    Riviting
    Educational


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter of the World?

    There were many - too many to list here. I find the story of WWII incredibly interesting, and I can't read enough books about it. The intertwining of the personal family stories makes the book all the more interesting.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first.


    Who was the most memorable character of Winter of the World and why?

    Again, there were several. I loved Lloyd Williams and Daisy. I loved the strong women - Carla and Frieda.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fabulous book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9463)
    Performance
    (8525)
    Story
    (8533)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "John Grisham is a master storyteller!"
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    What did you love best about Sycamore Row?

    This is a wonderfully powerful book that grabs you at the beginning and holds onto you until the end.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Beck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Michael Beck was great - he certainly has the southern twang down pat.


    Any additional comments?

    I encourage any and all Grisham fans to listen to this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (1423)
    Story
    (1462)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Incredible book!!"
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    What did you love best about Team of Rivals?

    The story of Abraham Lincoln is fascinating and spellbinding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lincoln - a warm, compassionate, incredibly smart man who led our country through a very turbulent period.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Lincoln - Ms. Toren's reading was perfect for this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but way too long. I loved it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21109)
    Performance
    (18929)
    Story
    (18994)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "GREAT story - Difficult to Accept Ending"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    The narrators are excellent. I had not had the experience of listening to two narrators.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story is a grabber - lots of twists and turns. I had no idea how it would end until it ended.


    Any additional comments?

    I wished for a more satisfactory ending - although the author does leave it open for a sequel. I hope there is one - I'd be the first to sign up. Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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