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Jackie

Crystal River, FL, USA

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  • The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Brokaw
    • Narrated By Tom Brokaw, a supporting cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The men and women honored in Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation speak in this collection of letters from and about the Depression and World War II.

    Sean says: "Not for everyone"
    "Open and Honest"
    Overall

    These are touching stories, sure to bring both smiles and tears. You do not have to have read The Greatest Generation, this book is wonderful on it's own. The cast was fantastic and did a great job of bringing the characters to life. Inspiring. I enjoyed this selection and would choose it again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7138)
    Performance
    (2925)
    Story
    (2935)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Wonderful!!"
    Overall

    Everything the title claims and more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Birds Without Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Louis de Bernieres
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Birds Without Wings is the story of a small town in Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman Empire told in the richly varied voices of the men and women (Armenians, Christians, and Muslims) whose lives are intertwined and rooted there: Iskander, the potter and local fount of wisdom; Philotei, the Christian girl of legendary beauty, courted almost from infancy by Ibrahim the goatherd, a great love that culminates in tragedy and madness; and many more.

    Augie says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "Beautifully written. Moving and heartfelt."
    Overall

    John Lee's narration brings to life the little village where this title is centered. The interwoven stories of the lives of the varied people connect through historical events and shared human emotions. The words of this book are beautiful and the life Lee brings to them leaves a lasting impression. Also memorable are the characters themselves. Louis de Bernieres has succeeded in telling a complex tale without sacrificing the richness and fullness of his characters. This book is full of emotion, set in the early 1900's, it is a story of love and a story of war. It is about the birth of a nation and the death of a people. This book has given me insight to a previously unexplored world, and had me both grining and weeping. This is a fantastic book. I will be seeking out his other works in print and hope to see them on Audible soon!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (298)

    Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

    Mark says: "Truly Inspiring and Meaningful"
    "Sweet"
    Overall

    This is a fresh and original look at death and dying. The story is open and heartfelt; I admit I cried more than once. Keep your tissues handy and settle down with this one for a great 'feel good' book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 1984

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (85)

    The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell's prophetic nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "Negative Utopia", a startlingly original and powerful novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words.

    Erik says: "Good narrator, great book"
    "Dissapointing"
    Overall

    I have never read a printed version of this book, and in hindsight, I wish I would have before hearing the audio version. I enjoyed the story, but was dissapointed by the dry tone of the narrator. I don't think I would purchase this title again given the chance, but I do reccomend 1984 in itself, if you have never read it.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (20)

    In 1989, a shipment of 100 monkeys arrived at a biomedical supply company in Reston, Virginia. There, in a small complex across from a McDonald's and a playground, the animals began to get sick. Their intestines turned to the consistency of gumbo. One by one they died a grisly and horrible death. Too late, the custodians realized the culprit was Ebola, one of the deadliest of all known viruses. The Hot Zone reads like the finest fiction but is actually a true story.

    Robert says: "Scariest book I ever read!"
    "Frighteningly Real"
    Overall

    This is a well written, inside glimpse at some of the world's most deadly viruses. Vivid, sometimes gruesome descriptons and well researched histories are just two reasons I give this one 5 stars. If you enjoy a good scare (made more so because it is non fiction), you will not be dissapointed by The Hot Zone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Tis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (366)

    Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances.

    Stanley says: "A second delightful helping"
    "OK....kind of a let down"
    Overall

    I was a little dissapointed in this book. I picked it because I am a fan of true stories, but I don't think I would get it again if I could go back. I was constantly let down by Frank's bad choices, and by the end of the tale, I no longer cared how things would work out. The best thing about this book was the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hunt: Book Two of The Wheel Of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6735)
    Performance
    (3958)
    Story
    (3983)

    The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

    Tony Deleeuw says: "Great Series, Great Readers"
    "Superb"
    Overall

    The tale of the Wheel of Time continues in this, the second, book of the series. It is as wonderful as the first, and furthers the story of our young hero, Rand. The readers, as before, are fantastic, and bring the vast world to life. A+ and highly recommended to all!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2610)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (358)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I pressed play having no idea what this was about, and was surprised at how quickly I was pulled in. It's a touching story, in vivid color thanks to a fantastic reader. I enjoyed this one very much and would have to say it's a must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9554)
    Performance
    (5592)
    Story
    (5641)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Fantastic!!!"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite books, and it was wonderful to hear the people and places brought to life with these excellent readers. It's worth the time to hear the unabridged version, as there are many details you won't want to miss. The only thing I think might be bad, is the lack of the map that is on the inside cover of the book. This is an intricate world, and the places can get confusing with out the map; but this is a minor thing compared with the story itself. A+ and highly recommended. If you get a chance...request the rest of this series in the unabridged versions. It's well worth it!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (4239)
    Performance
    (1940)
    Story
    (1958)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Insightful and Touching"
    Overall

    I found this to be a real eye opener. The point of view from the mentally challenged main character is somthing I have not come across before. The themes of trust and love are true to life, and it was touching to see how someone different than myself deals with these things. The reader was fantastic, and brought the characters to life. Overall, this one gets an A+. I'd quickly choose this one again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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