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Charles

Fayetteville, NC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 442 titles in library
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  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Judith Ivey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (69)

    Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle, that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

    Christopher says: "Stunning, Healing"
    "My nine-year-old loved the book"
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    My nine-year-old son picked this book out and the two of us listen to it together while working on a fence in our backyard. The story was excellent and it was one we could not stop listening to.

    1 of 1 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
    (9251)
    Performance
    (8331)
    Story
    (8339)

    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)"
    "Sycamore Row - John Grisham's Best"
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    As always John Grisham's ability to hold you captive as you listen to Sycamore Row is true. An excellent book that leads you through cultural, societal and racial worlds as his young lawyer fights for a dead man's last Will and Testament to be upheld by the Law despite the greed his family and the lawyers as they circle to feast on his hard earned fortune. A definite must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • South: The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition, 1914-1917

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ernest Shackleton
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    As war clouds darkened over Europe in 1914, a party led by Sir Ernest Shackleton set out to make the first crossing of the entire Antarctic continent via the Pole. But their initial optimism was short-lived as ice floes closed around their ship, gradually crushing it and marooning twenty-eight men on the polar ice. Alone in the world's most unforgiving environment, Shackleton and his team began a brutal quest for survival.

    Charles says: "This is a must read."
    "This is a must read."
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    If there were 10 books that one must read during their lifetime this is one. Leadership, courage and a level head with extraordinary leadership. Anyone who leads whether in business or a family can learn from Shackleton's way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (1009)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Captivating true story of survival in a New Guinea"
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    Excellent World War II story of survival after a tragic plane crash deep within the blackness of a remote rain forest surrounded by natives who have never seen a white person or even someone who wears clothing. An innovative rescue that should have made the front page of every newspaper due to its boldness and daring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rainmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (572)

    It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a joy or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

    Mike says: "Excellent Story..."
    "the RainMaker"
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    the rainmaker by John Grisham I enjoyed this book immensely is the third one of his that I have listened to and enjoyed it the best. The actual recording was of the poorest quality that I've ever experienced with audible. Obviously the download was copied from a CD version of the book. At times the book was interrupted with the words to change the CD in mid-story. Every time a CD needed to be changed the previous sentence was reread. This was very distracting and I was very surprised they allow this quality to occur. It was very distracting and frustrating. When you pay over $20 for these books that should be of the highest quality. I rate the actual recording a one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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