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Helen

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  • The Lost Quilter: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (60)

    Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson treasures an antique quilt called by three names: Birds in the Air, after its pattern; the Runaway Quilt, after the woman who sewed it; and the Elm Creek Quilt, after the place to which its maker longed to return. That quilter was Joanna, a fugitive slave who traveled by the Underground Railroad to reach safe haven in 1859 at Elm Creek Farm.

    Melody says: "Not What I Expected, Much Better"
    "Another stellar novel by Jennifer Chiaverini"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book continues the history of the Elm Creek Quilters back to the earliest days. It covers the Civil War experiences of Joanna, the runnaway slave who stayed with the Pennsylvania quilters. The research about the Civil War and the black experience is phenominal. It adds a lot to the interest in the Elm Creek Quilters and to the life experiences of the Civil War Era. The inginuity, persistence and perseverence of the women is remarkable.


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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
    (5253)
    Performance
    (4447)
    Story
    (4460)

    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"
    "Riveting novel of WWII"
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    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    Yes. I learned so much history. The story wound through the history was very captivating and plausible.


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

    Hard to single out any one section.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Some of the characters would be hard to find as a favorite. They were so evil. John Lee is amazing with his accents. I guess Maude would be my favorite. I even backed up to see if he had brought in a female to read her parts.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Stealing the batle plan.


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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12971)
    Performance
    (8843)
    Story
    (8892)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Fantastic story of personal challenges and heroism"
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    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    Yes. There is so much detail about his early life, running and of course the war time experiences. I have not encountered such day to day reporting of what was going on in the Pacific experience and in the POW camps. The survival techniques were amazing but its still difficult to imagine how he survived all that happened to him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    Louie


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A story of survival


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