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Philip

Newton Highlands, MA, USA

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  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5620)
    Performance
    (2248)
    Story
    (2276)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Father and Son"
    Overall

    I have listened to nearly 200 books. This book is as good as Memories of Running, The Kite Runner, and the Life of Pi. I have two sons, and this book perfectly captures the powerful connection between father and son. The writing is terse and gripping. If your lip doesn't start to quiver at the end of the book, you are made of stone.

    You won't regret using a credit on this book.

    34 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5049)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1283)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Beautiful and boring"
    Overall

    Great characters, wonderful dialog, brilliant descriptions, tight writing, and so little story. If you loved the moving and colorful world created by the author in the Kite Runner you'll like certain aspects of the book. But if you want a good old fashioned story that drives you on and on to stay up past your bedtime for yet another 15 minutes, this is not the book. I need a stronger story line. The prolonged misery of the characters was not enough to keep me interested.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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