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SLM

Chicago | Member Since 2003

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  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2969)
    Performance
    (1767)
    Story
    (1773)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "I promise - you'll love it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Starting with the author's notes at the beginning, to the very last paragraph, this was a fabulous listen. The reader was excellent, the story rich, the characters believable and intelligent. What a magnificent novel...Bryce Courtnay is brilliant author capturing in this fictional work both historical and ethical issues.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2888)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (798)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Edgar Sawtelle ... a 2008 winner"
    Overall

    The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is first-rate, and my favorite book this year. So addicted, I had to buy the hardback so I could read at night. So addicted, I then had to slow my reading to delay the inevitable ending. Rich character development of both saints and sinners. A dastardly conniving uncle, dogs that have personalities that I could only wish that people I know would have, Edgar's true friends ... This book, like a really great movie or glass of wine, left me with wanting more, to know what happened next, where can I find dogs like these, and questions that you will craft yourself that I have not yet entertained. I am still thinking about "Edgar" ...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6201)
    Performance
    (2334)
    Story
    (2342)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "One of the best yet"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book -- the characters, the sweeping story, the rich details, even the readers. I was so sorry it ended, that I jumped to the 2nd in the trilogy, forgetting everything else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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