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V. Brown

llacharbach

the hinterlands of Idaho-ho-ho

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  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2386)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (425)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Josh says: "Fun, Predictable Fluff"
    "entertaining listen"
    Overall

    While Archer freely admits he borrowed the main framework of the plot from Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, the Archer tale is entertaining and this audiobook is well read. While I would scarcely call the current retelling classic literature it holds your attention and the listener is drawn in to the point where you end up rooting for Danny Cartwright. Where it does depart from Dumas you might end up thinking about the "cutting one's losses' versus 'standing on principle' decisions in your own life...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Zach Wahls, Bruce Littlefield
    • Narrated By Kris Koscheski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    On January 31, 2011, Zach Wahls addressed the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in a public forum regarding civil unions. The 19-year-old son of a same-sex couple, Wahls proudly proclaimed, "The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character." Hours later, his speech was posted on YouTube, where it went viral, quickly receiving more than two million views. By the end of the week, everyone knew his name and wanted to hear more from the boy with two moms.

    V. Brown says: "You will not regret listening to this."
    "You will not regret listening to this."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does My Two Moms rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    The performance is quite good but the content is so wonderful who notices all that much. This ranks with some of the very best I have heard in my decade at Audible.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The entire account is riveting.


    Which character ??? as performed by Kris Koscheski ??? was your favorite?

    Zack


    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    Values enrich everyone around you. And that confirms what I knew but really drives it home.


    Any additional comments?

    Really listen to the sample at least this is wonderful material.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4518)
    Performance
    (1941)
    Story
    (1950)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "the second best audiobook I have EVER heard"
    Overall

    I have been a "serious listener" of audible.com since 1998 or 9.
    I own more than one thousand audiobooks. This is second behind
    Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides on my list of favorite audiobooks.
    You will need a strong stomach at times. This is a many twisting tale. I was transported. Really.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (188)

    When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of 13 children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.

    Chris says: "Touching and Informative"
    "a very human sports story"
    Overall

    this book can alter the way you watch a football game. You WILL notice the line play and the constant pressure of rusher to get to the QB. Beneath all that is a another, very different story of a quiet young man of unique physical gifts and of abject neglect and poverty. The football teams want him for what he can become: an all pro left tackle. He is used to a solitary, impoverished life of fending for himself; he distrusts those who can help him with food clothing and shelter. Point and counter-point, Lewis writes a true story that is compelling to hear. A tale very very well told.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2121)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (767)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "a mixed bag"
    Overall

    the reading is good but the book itself is a mixed bag: interesting exploration of school bullying but too many obvious plot devices. the unabridged is long and it does drag.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (287)

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

    Elizabeth says: "Fascinating!"
    "terrific story"
    Overall

    I was unable to stop listening to this book and finished it
    in less than three days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (570)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "wonderful story telling"
    Overall

    Courtenay pulls no punches via his main character. The Korean War, being a POW, Australia and racism, America as seen from the outside circa 1950.... you get it all. The story is engrossing. It ranges far and wide. Bryce Courtenay tells a great tale.... and from the author of Power of One I would expect no less.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Pamela Garelick
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Rooted in an actual case of wife-selling in early nineteenth-century England, the story builds into an awesome Sophoclean drama of guilt and revenge, in which the strong, willful Henchard rises to a position of wealth and power, only to achieve a most bitter downfall. Proud, obsessed, ultimately committed to his own destruction, Henchard is, as Albert Guerard has said, "Hardy's Lord Jim...his only tragic hero and one of the greatest tragic heroes in all fiction."

    Biggar Thomas says: "Fabulous"
    "very well done"
    Overall

    The book really held my attention. Hardy is a great writer. The reading is easy on the ears and clear. Considering the classical nature of this work, the quality, and the length, I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1819)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (447)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "great but sadly abridged"
    Overall

    this is a terrific listen. it is so sad that it is abridged. do not look for a history of the American civil war. This book is not about that. The US Civil War merely is a backdrop to the story here. The story of this book is the Lincoln administration. It makes Lincoln understandable as a person. The account of the assasination is particularly riveting. I feel I understand his cabinet esp Stanton much better now. Too bad it isnt full length like her book on FDR.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Brokeback Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

    Joseph says: "Brokeback Mountain"
    "nice short story"
    Overall

    the writing is just wonderful and the narration is pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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