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Tucson, AZ, USA

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  • Inkspell

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Brendan Fraser
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (341)

    Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past.

    Vanessa says: "Inkspell indeed"
    "Awesome, fun escape!"
    Overall

    I bought this book because I was looking for something fun to listen to while running. It was so captivating that I couln't wait to get out each day and listen to it! Brendan Fraser's narrative was simply awesome -- I echo the previous reviewers' sentiments on his style and voices for each character. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great escape from everyday life!

    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
    (257)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    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"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    This book -- both wonderfully written and narrated -- transports you to the small villages in Turkey in ther early 1900's. Birds allows you walk hand in hand with the characters as they journey through life largely driven by decisions made during and after WWI had and experience the lives of the Turks and Greeks at that time.

    Echoing the suggestion of another reviewer, I highly recommend reading Paris 1919 in conjunction with Birds Without Wings. Together they provide a complete perspective on how these -- and other -- countries were forever altered by both the war and the decisions made at the peace table.

    Birds Without Wings is wonderful love story, a lesson in history, and a tremendous insight into Muslim and Christian religions. I even bought a waterproof Ipod case so that I could listen to the book while swimming!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (427)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "Indepth view into Hamilton"
    Overall

    What a rich book in both the life of Alexander Hamilton and those with whom he interacted throughout his robust life. Hamilton is one of the best books I've ever read and I have purchased it for a number of friends.

    If history had been presented this well when I was in school, I would have viewed it with a sense of wonder rather than dread!

    A great read for anyone interested in banking, finance, the stock market, the history of our country, or just overcoming the odds when not born with a silver spoon in your mouth!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gilead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (204)

    In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War", then, at age 50, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.

    Jim says: "The wonder of retrospect"
    "Beautiful!"
    Overall

    When a friend recommended this book to me I immediately downloaded it. I loved every minute of it and couldn't wait to see how it ended. I have in turn recommended it to my friends!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3786)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1112)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Geisha"
    Overall

    This book was so wonderful to listen to. The story is compelling and is made more so by listening to the detailed descriptions of the Geisha life.

    I looked for opportunities to listen to the book! I have already recommended it dozens of people and encourage anyone interested in learning while hearing a beautiful story to download it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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