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GertySmith1

I love historical fiction, but, in truth, I like ALL kinds of nonfiction! I enjoy books that take me "somewhere" or lets me learn something new. I listen to books whenever I am in the car or the sewing room. I require unabridged books...don't want a single word the author wrote removed from the story!

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  • The Thorn Birds

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of a singular family, the Clearys. It begins in the early part of the 20th century, when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their 7 children to Drogheda, the vast Australian sheep station owned by his autocratic and childless older sister. It ends more than half a century later, when the only survivor of the third generation, the brilliant actress Justine O'Neill, embarks on a course of life and love halfway around the world from her roots.

    Anne says: "disappointing"
    "No Thorny Bird"
    Overall

    Colleen McCullough is one of my favorite authors. How I wish this site had more of her books UNABRIDGED. This recording is excellent. This one is for the classics! It is well done, and sooooo enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (462)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Loved It!"
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    What did you love best about To Kill a Mockingbird?

    Sissy Spacek does a fantastic job reading a fantastic book! This one is well worth the time, listening to it and digesting the story. I have listened to it several times...it's always wonderful!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8072)
    Performance
    (7397)
    Story
    (7405)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Loved the Painting!"
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    Would you listen to The Goldfinch again? Why?

    'Bought this one shortly after viewing the painting, The Goldfinch, at the High Museum in Atlanta. The painting was part of the visiting exhibit that included, Girl with the Pearl Earring. The painting was far superior to the book. The editor should have his/her backside kicked for allowing the over-verbiage of Ms. Tartt...parts of the book should have been edited to lesson tedium. I listened to the whole thing...every word, but it will not be a book I listen to again.

    How I wish I felt that Theo had redeeming qualities...he sees his problem but he does not do anything about it. That is the hardest part to swallow...he just does not learn from past experiences. I guess that is very realistic; I have known people like that, but I do not enjoy listening to that type of story.

    Mr. Pittu's reading of the book is excellent. I think HE is the reason I made it all the way through the book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Improvements could easily have been made by succinct editing, less repetition of the "problems" Theo has. It would lessen the tedium of sections.


    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    Hobie is my favorite character, along with Boris. Pittu's use of voice-character inflection was excellent for both. He also did a very good job of expressing Theo's hopelessness!


    If you could rename The Goldfinch, what would you call it?

    I wish I could think of a better title; it seems a shame to saddle that lovely, precious painting with such a story.


    Any additional comments?

    I have not read any of Tartt's other stories and I am not sure I will try. She does a wonderful job portraying hopelessness and weak personalities. I am so glad I have listened to this one instead of reading the hard-copy. I wish I had more positive things to say. To a point, I enjoyed it...but I had to make myself finish listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Savannah Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (151)

    Eloise Foley, known to her friends as Weezie, has been through the divorce from hell. Her ex-husband Tal (aka Talmadge Evans III) was awarded their house in Savannah's historic district, the house that Weezie had spent years painstakingly restoring to its original splendor. Weezie was awarded the two-bedroom carriage house on the same property. Each was sure the other would sell. But Tal has taken up residence in the main house with his new girlfriend Caroline DeSantos.

    Chercheuse says: "Boring Conversation, Unappealing Characters"
    "Yeah, SAVANNAH!"
    Overall

    I am from Savannah. I love what Mary Kay Andrews does with my city. She is so humerous...all of her books are that way. It's a great "listen"...give it a try!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (753)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Wonderful Series...the Earth's Children books!"
    Overall

    To begin with...I am a Jean Auel fan. I have read AND listened to all 6 of the books. They are well written and really give you something to think about. Her characters are as normal and flawed as real people. They dither and misinterpret other folks...just like we do today. Sandra Burr is a very good reader, changing her voice to indicate characters and situations. All Six Books are a good adventure in the world 10,000-20,000 years ago.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    Robert Louis Stevenson's cherished, unforgettable adventure magically captures the thrill of a sea voyage and a treasure hunt through the eyes of its teenage protagonist, Jim Hawkins. Crossing the Atlantic in search of the buried cache, Jim and the ship's crew must brave the elements and a mutinous charge led by the quintessentially ruthless pirate Long John Silver. Brilliantly conceived and splendidly executed, it is a novel that has seized the imagination of generations of adults and children alike.

    Jessica Kos says: "Wonderful!"
    "Great Classic!"
    Overall

    I have always enjoyed Treasure Island...read it several times as a kid. But Alfred Molina is a fantastic reader, and I have already listened to it once and am listening to it again. He really puts the "swashbuckling" in the pirates!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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