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  • Fatherland

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler’s 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin’s most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Gripping from start to finish"
    "Very convincing and superbly narrated"
    Overall

    Exciting and full of rational twists and turns. Set in a post WWII Europe won by Germany where Hitler's domination and that of a bureaucratic nightmare is revealed and unwrapped. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3220)
    Performance
    (2863)
    Story
    (2870)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Walking through another's life"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the pages turn and turn by themselves in an audio book and it was really light to carry along on a trip.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    I was really moved when we learn about... but that would be telling, wouldn't it?


    What does Jim Broadbent bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He offers the deep pathos and sense of joyful moments as well.


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

    Yes, I rediscovered moments in my life I felt compelled to share with my wife for the first time.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept asking how could anyone write such a moving novel? There is a YouTube interview that helps with that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1102)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (980)

    Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

    Brian says: "If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise..."
    "Excitingly written and read. A trumph!"
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    What did you love best about The Heist?

    The novel keeps you moving and trying to outguess the next turn is rewarding and pointless as there is always the third (and fourth) option. Excellently written and almost two novels in one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heist?

    Too many to list here.


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

    The pace and performance are outstanding, even past the small section where I suspect George had a cold.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There it was, Gone!


    Any additional comments?

    WARNING: You will stay up late listening to this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World at Night: Jean Casson Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    The World at Night is an edge-of-your-seat World War II tale of intrigue and espionage, set in the shadowy back streets and glittering salons of occupied Paris. Film producer Jean Casson, a Paris sophisticate, struggles to come to terms with the uncomfortable realities of life under German occupation, as he becomes caught up in the initial actions of what was to become the French Resistance.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid Furst novel, just not a great one"
    "Nicely paced and emotional sound"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is one of gentle underground activity in Nazi-run France and most of the action is quiet, subtle and plausible. But the deeds get done! No streets full of gun fights. No long descriptions of torture. Clever disguises and the use of people believing what they see rather than asking could this be real, and then it is too late.


    What other book might you compare The World at Night to and why?

    The Man Who Never Was


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    Gentle and creative reading. No unnecessary drama.


    Any additional comments?

    A different twist on too many second world war undercover stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Rather, Digby Diehl (contributor)
    • Narrated By Dan Rather
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (139)

    Rather - who has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career - discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan", as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career.

    J. James-Long says: "Excellent first-hand exploration of media today"
    "Dan Rather's view from inside the news"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rather Outspoken to be better than the print version?

    The audio version offers a sense of directness and authenticity by hearing Dan's voice narrate his own story and views about the growth and evolution of news coverage in his life as well as his emotional reaction to the events he witnessed and reported. The chapter on 9/11 is especially moving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the frankness and direct approach taken when dealing with personally moving events he witnessed first hand or when he had to tackle the CBS brass.


    What about Dan Rather’s performance did you like?

    Dan Rather has read news for many years and he does it very well - especially when he has scripted it himself. It just rings true, which I am sure it is.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The book is best heard chapter by chapter to allow the listener to digest each stage in Dan's saga. I did want to soar ahead but forced myself to reflect.


    Any additional comments?

    There are moments of preaching but these are forgiven as they stem from a deeply felt desire to maintain a sense of news reported by and for people who care about truth in news and reject the predigested news we see so often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blackhouse

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter May
    • Narrated By Peter Forbes
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    A brutal killing takes place on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland: a land of harsh beauty and inhabitants of deep-rooted faith. Detective Inspector Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. For Lewis-born Macleod, the case represents a journey both home and into his past. Something lurks within the close-knit island community. Something sinister. As Fin investigates, old skeletons begin to surface and soon, he, the hunter, becomes the hunted.

    dumbclub says: "Unputdownable"
    "Brought me right back to Lewis and the MacLeods"
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    Where does The Blackhouse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The reading and the story are outstanding and authentic. The sense of growing danger and the need for Fin MacLeod to solve the crime against all of his inner hesitation is compelling. A great symphony of a tale.


    What other book might you compare The Blackhouse to and why?

    Far deeper than Lewis and more introspective than Frost.


    What does Peter Forbes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Peter Forbes brings a sense of being among the island characters and their mutual need to stay on the island and get away.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened as I drove using my GPS system so it was happily part of my drive.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been to Lewis as a MacLeod and felt many of the sensations described in the book - the wind, the desolation, the cliffs, the waves, the weather, the religious control (we were asked not to drive on Sunday), the characters and those who wanted to hear about life in Canada, in fact life anywhere else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13670)
    Performance
    (9496)
    Story
    (9556)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "How a person's inner steel can hold one together"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbroken the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the narration as well as the story of resistance, resilience and reward.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story taught the need to gain personal well being by forgiving one's enemies.


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

    Yes, and I always enjoy Herrmann's work.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many moments of delight, despair and triumph.


    Any additional comments?

    I was somewhat unaware of the treatment of POW's by the Japanese during WWII and was appalled by my ignorance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Teach Yourself Spanish Conversation

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Angela Howkins, Juan Kattan-Ibarra
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Spanish Conversation is a three-hour, all-audio course which you can use at any time, whether you want a quick refresher before a trip or whether you are a complete beginner. The 20 dialogues will teach you the Spanish you will need to speak and understand, without getting bogged down with grammar.

    Peter says: "Beware - Locks up my Garmin Nuvi"
    "Beware - Locks up my Garmin Nuvi"
    Overall

    I have downloaded this twice, installed it twice and no luck. My GPS locks. The system has been such a success with other books I am unable to explain the problem. I have asked for a refund.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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