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  • What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (293)

    From the best-selling author of Kafka on the Shore comes this rich and revelatory memoir about writing and running and the integral impact both have made on his life. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers Murakami's four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon. Settings range from Tokyo, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston, among young women who outpace him.

    Rick says: "It is what it says it is"
    "A Great Read for a Runner"
    Overall

    This is the first Murakami book I read, and as a fellow runner I enjoyed his narrative. I also enjoyed his writing style so much that I have purchased some of his fiction, which I also have enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9572)
    Performance
    (7605)
    Story
    (7641)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Best Book in Years!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

    Yes, better than the print edition, thanks to the SUPERB reading by Allan Corduner.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rosa, the mother. A gruff exterior and a heart of gold.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interchanges with Rudy.


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

    The entire book was moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to more than 50 audio books, and The Book Thief is by far the best. Excellent writing, compelling story and outstanding narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Madison: A Life Reconsidered

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lynne Cheney
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    This majestic new biography of James Madison explores the astonishing story of a man of vaunted modesty who audaciously changed the world. Among the Founding Fathers, Madison was a true genius of the early republic. Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution and crucial to its ratification. His visionary political philosophy and rationale for the union of states - so eloquently presented in The Federalist papers - helped shape the country Americans live in today.

    Jean says: "Excellent"
    "A Superb Book Superbly Narrated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of James Madison to be better than the print version?

    Yes, thanks to Eliza Foss.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was much about the life of James Madison that I did not know. Lynne Cheney writes a compelling narrative which conveys the drama of the Revolutionary period that Madison lived in and the role that he played in building the foundation of the country that we know today.


    What about Eliza Foss’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding! Always clear and measured. A delight to the ears.


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

    The man who helped build America.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to some 40 books from Audible, but this is the first one that I felt compelled to review because of the outstanding writing and narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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