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  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1057)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (714)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "This book has something for everyone."
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    Where does Four Fires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Only read a few, but I liked it.


    What other book might you compare Four Fires to and why?

    It is hard to compare this author to anyone else.. He seems to ramble from subject to subject within a single family context. It has something for the Capitalist mindset as well as for the environmentalist. I personally feel this kind of thinking only works in a frontier type society, however, one like America and Australia had in common. The book is jam packed with information that is presented in an entertaining format. There is a wealth of information on botany, the early fashion industry and the garbage and transit industries. On the other side of the spectrum, one can learn a lot of World War II facts, most especially concerning the concentration camps and the emigrants created from such upheavals. There are Japanese POW camp experiences along with his bush fire tricks to be shared by the main character's alcoholic father. Be prepared to be interested. It also touches on the Catholic and Protestant rivalry as well as small town conspiracies and aristocratic meddling.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator does a great job, but the accent will help to soothe you to sleep if your habit is to listen at bedtime.. Of course, you will have to rewind though as you wont want to miss anything.


    Who was the most memorable character of Four Fires and why?

    The most interesting characters may be some of the minor ones, most especially the Indian healer and the emigrants from the concentration camps.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are in the learning mood, then this is the book for you. In fact, the best way to learn is to do so while being so thoroughly entertained.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10400)
    Performance
    (5657)
    Story
    (5690)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "A very good first listen on Audible"
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    Would you listen to Life of Pi again? Why?

    I would listen to this again because the character was so fully formed and I am sure that knowing the ending now, I would have missed some key clues.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    The total story was memorable, even his prior life experiences which were necessary to set up the plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many favorite scenes that it is impossible to pick one over the others.


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

    It took several days and hours to finish this book, and it was way too deep to listen to in one setting.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved the story and I cannot imagine the movie living up to the story with all its nuances and emotional components.. I felt like the narration was outstanding and kept my interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (11038)
    Performance
    (7048)
    Story
    (7081)

    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.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "amazing story of determination and survival"
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    Where does Unbroken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was only my second so I am unsure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lou was definitely a hero who sprang from lower middle class roots.


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

    Ed Hermann's performance was good, but not as good as the reader of Life of Pi.


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

    It took several hours to listen to this, but since I was recovering from some surgery, it was a good entertainment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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