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caroline

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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4602)
    Performance
    (3865)
    Story
    (3874)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Jimmy says: "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
    "Great way to review history"
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    If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Can't stop listening


    What did you like best about this story?

    Following the characters from the first book through the second book gave a very personal account of the political and economic events. Some periods, like Hitler's rise to power, have been covered in so many books, but other periods are rarely covered. Follett's books followed simultaneous stories. If you liked "Pillars of the Earth", you will love this.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    John Lee's voice is very easy to listen to for long periods of time. Great for long car trips.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Moloka’i

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alan Brennert
    • Narrated By Anne Noelani Miyamoto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (548)

    The powerful debut novel from Alan Brennert, Moloka’i tells the story of Rachel Kalama, a seven-year-old Hawaiian girl who contracts leprosy and is quarantined on the island of Moloka’i during the 1890s. Separated from her family and forced to grow up in the leper colony of Kalaupapa, Rachel experiences intense isolation. But she remains strong, finding moments of joy, and even love. Rich in Hawaiian history, this novel proves itself a stellar piece of historical fiction.

    Blaine says: "Unexpected Jewel"
    "Interesting story"
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    Where does Moloka’i rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    learning about the Islands of Hawaii and the course of leprosy


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The first few chapters were read as if to a child. But just before it became too annoying, she began reading it in an adult voice. I especially enjoyed her pronunciations of the Hawaiian words.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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