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Jan

Waynesboro, VA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Cobb

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Al Stump
    • Narrated By Ian Esmo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    As a boy in the 1890s he went looking for thrills in a rural Georgia that still burned with humiliation from the Civil War. As an old man in the 1960s he dared death, picked fights, refused to take his medicine, and drove off all his friends and admirers. He went to his deathbed alone, clutching a loaded pistol and a bag containing millions of dollars worth of cash and securities. During the years in between, he became, according to Al Stump, "the most shrewd, inventive, lurid, detested, mysterious, and superb of all baseball players." He was Ty Cobb. In Cobb, Stump tells how he was given a fascinating window into the Georgia Peach's life and times when the dying Cobb hired him in 1960 to ghostwrite his autobiography.

    John says: "What a man -- what a book!"
    "Overwhelmed"
    Overall

    Unless you are a serious baseball fan and enjoy statistics and play by play descriptions, I would not recommend this book. Cobb's life was certainly colorful, but I am unable to finish this after listening to about half of it. The author obviously painstakingly has researched and compiled information, but I remain overwhelmed with everything outside the actual story of the man. Just too much....

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  • Girl in Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jean Kwok
    • Narrated By Grayce Wey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (167)

    When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

    Susan B. Johnson says: "This is a keeper"
    "A Wonderful listen"
    Overall

    I always enjoy reading about different cultures and Girl in Translation is about Chinese culture in America. The story is fascinating and has interesting twists and turns. Girl in Translation is one of the best books I have heard.

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