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Illini Two

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  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (328)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "Great book about a remarkable man"
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    If you could sum up Code Talker in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, interesting, fascinating


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Code Talker?

    Chester's use of his heritage, the Sing, to deal with the trauma of war


    Any additional comments?

    It was amazing to see how these men grew despite difficulties at the Indian Schools then used that strength to benefit others

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Caspian: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1589)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (485)

    Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia, the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.

    A User says: "A hidden jewel"
    "Excellent as kids adventure or faith allegory"
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    Like all of the Narnian tales C.S.Lewis wrote this to help his step children understand the challenges and glory of the Christian faith pilgrimage at a time when their mother was battling cancer. Whether it is read for fun or faith it is worth reading more than once in a lifetime. Lynn Redgrave does a particularily good job as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cronkite

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Brinkley
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    For decades, Walter Cronkite was known as "the most trusted man in America". Yet this very public figure was a remarkably private man. Drawing on unprecedented access to Cronkite's private papers as well as interviews with his family and friends, Douglas Brinkley now brings this American icon into focus as never before. Brinkley traces Cronkite's story from his roots in Missouri and Texas through the Great Depression, to World War II, when he gained notice reporting with Allied troops, and on, following his illustrious career.

    Brian says: "One of the Giants"
    "A fine insight into a man who influenced many"
    Overall
    Performance
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    A sharp snapshot of a man who interrupted critical events to Americans and the world.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12528)
    Performance
    (4909)
    Story
    (4947)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Not a historical narrative: a rant against God"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This author obviously has a bone to pick with God and he has selected a historical setting with ties to the church to vent his complaints. Boring, Boring, Boring!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Desperate Miles: The Epic World War II Voyage of the SS Contessa

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tim Brady
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    The Dirty Dozen meets Band of Brothers in this true story of how a rusty old New Orleans banana boat staffed with an unlikely crew of international merchant seamen, a gang of inmates from a local jail, and a French harbor pilot spirited out of Morocco by O.S.S. agents in the trunk of a Chevy, were drafted into service in WWII - and heroically succeeded in setting the stage for Patton's epic invasion of North Africa.

    Illini Two says: "A cameo of USA's entry into WWII"
    "A cameo of USA's entry into WWII"
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    A complex tale with several story lines funneling into the USAs first assault on the African coast in WWII. It makes personal the stories of individuals drawn together by that epic. It also displays the struggles and lessons learned in that first successful but clumsy event. The egotistical Patton is compared to the self sacrifice of so many others...Americans, Africans, Brits and Frenchmen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murder of a Chocolate-Covered Cherry: A Scumble River Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Denise Swanson
    • Narrated By Christine Leto
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (182)

    Grandma Sal's Soup-to-Nuts Cooking Challenge is coming to town, and Skye Denison is entering. And though she can't solve the mystery of the perfect mousse, murder is another story. Because a cocky contestant has been found delectably drowned in a chocolate fountain....

    deanna says: "I keep re-listening to the Scumble River Series"
    "Enjoyable mystery"
    Overall
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    Light and entertaining...with multiple strands to the plot, this story has good characterizations and plenty of interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • With Grant at Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Vicksburg

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Wilber F. Crummer
    • Narrated By Andrew Mulcare
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Wilber F. Crummer was an acquaintance and neighbor of Ulysses S. Grant in Galena, Illinois. When civil war broke out, he became "one of the Boys in Blue" who followed General Grant in the Battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Vicksburg. His stirring and vivid accounts of these significant civil war battles, covering the years 1862-63, are filled with historic detail and conclude with his appreciation of General Grant.

    Illini Two says: "A foot soldier's view of Grant & the Civil War"
    "A foot soldier's view of Grant & the Civil War"
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    What made the experience of listening to With Grant at Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Vicksburg the most enjoyable?

    A new and unique point of view


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grant as viewed by a neighbor and foot soldier


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

    New to me


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Heart warming view of Grant who has often today been underestimated


    Any additional comments?

    Great to hear Grant given full value for his contributions to our nation's destiny

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Barbara Brown Taylor
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    After nine years serving on the staff of a big urban church in Atlanta, Barbara Brown Taylor arrives in rural Clarkesville, Georgia (population 1,500), following her dream to become the pastor of her own small congregation. The adjustment from city life to country dweller is something of a shock - but small-town life offers many of its own unique joys. Taylor has five successful years that see significant growth in the church she serves, but ultimately she finds herself experiencing "compassion fatigue".

    Illini Two says: "Barbara Brown Taylor at her best"
    "Barbara Brown Taylor at her best"
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    What made the experience of listening to Leaving Church the most enjoyable?

    The writers experiences are relevant and applicable for a Christian seeking to actually follow Jesus of Nazereth in 21st century America


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author herself


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her surprise that God's beautiful world of nature is still there to inspire if one looks hard enough


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is great to know others are on the same pilgrimage


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Cadfael's Penance: The Twentieth Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    It is nearing the end of the Year of Our Lord 1145. A monk vows to abandon all earthly ties, but how can Brother Cadfael obey when his son is captured in battle? Olivier de Bretagne is one of many young knights taken prisoner in the current power dispute in Britain, but he is also Cadfael's son, and the monk cannot be objective. A council is planned at Coventry to try to appease the warring factions, and Brother Cadfael asks leave to attend, knowing he must do all in his power to find and deliver his son. This most thrilling and humane of Ellis Peters's novels is filled with excitement, intrigue, and a meticulously depicted medieval background.

    Oenophile says: "Some of my favorite things!"
    "Entertaining mystery in a turbulent time"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Brother Cadfael's Penance in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, fun, thoughtful


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brother Cadfael who keeps his broad prospect inspite of confining surroundings and violent circumstances


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (410)

    President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters—presenting his ideas on restoring economic growth, energy, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and financial responsibility, and offering a plan to get us "back in the future business".

    Christine A. Haimann says: "Great and it all makes sense"
    "At last some sane advice on America's future"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Back to Work in three words, what would they be?

    Sane, practical, do able


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rational and unemotional guidelines for America's dream


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

    Not yet but I will


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Gratitude that there is still someone who cares more about American success than elections


    Any additional comments?

    Hope Mr Clinton hang in there we need more like him in today's chaotic world

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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