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  • I Am Hutterite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mary-Ann Kirkby
    • Narrated By Mary-Ann Kirkby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    A fascinating journey into the heart and culture of a reclusive religious community. I Am Hutterite takes listeners into the hidden heart of the little-known Hutterite colony in southern Manitoba where author Mary-Ann Kirkby spent her childhood. When she was ten years old her parents packed up their seven children and a handful of possessions and left the security of the colony to start a new life.

    MJ says: "Real Life!"
    "Real Life!"
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    What made the experience of listening to I Am Hutterite the most enjoyable?

    I loved listening to Mary-Ann tell her story in the language of the Hutterites and with the accent that has carried over from her heritage.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Hutterite?

    I was completely stunned to hear of the drastic upheaval experienced by the family when they left the Colony and its lifestyle. I never thought it could be such a drastic change, but it was a great time of change in the world in general. I grew up in the same time period as Mary-Ann did, my family was a lot like hers. I had a lot of difficulty fitting in, but I was already part of the outside world.


    What does Mary-Ann Kirkby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I said before, I loved her enunciation and accent. If only reading, this part would be lost. It adds so much to the overall story. It expresses the love they had for one another, it also explained the confusion they were living through when they left the Colony. I especially appreciated that this was Mary-Ann's story, narrated by her!


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

    I've visited Hutterite Colonies in the United States. There were many aspects of their life that I knew of, but the details added in this story cleared away questions I never knew I had. I wanted to cry when the book ended!


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED, Loved, loved this story and the author/narrator. I would gladly read more of Mary-Ann Kirkby's books, if she were to write again. Especially, if she were the narrator!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Charles Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (229)

    One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished America in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor.

    M. Dunn says: "Cold Mountain (Unabridged)"
    "Loved the Movie, Loved the Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the author and the narrator painted the story very well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the meeting of Ruby and Ada


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

    YES YES YES


    Any additional comments?

    The book is so good, I was surprised to find the ending different from the movie. I saw the movie first, but thoroughly enjoyed both of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sylvia Nasar
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (122)

    John Forbes Nash, Jr., a prodigy and legend by the age of 30, dazzled the mathematical world by solving a series of deep problems deemed "impossible" by other mathematicians. But at the height of his fame, Nash suffered a catastrophic mental breakdown and began a harrowing descent into insanity, resigning his post at MIT, slipping into a series of bizarre delusions, and eventually becoming a dreamy, ghostlike figure at Princeton, scrawling numerological messages on blackboards.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Informative not entertaining"
    "A Beautiful Listen"
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    Would you listen to A Beautiful Mind again? Why?

    I'd listen to this book again. I'm almost one third thru the story, so I can't give much away, but what I've heard so far has been very interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like biographies, I enjoy happy endings. This is a roller coaster ride for Nash, so I'm also along for the ride!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Like I said, I'm only finishing the 1st section of the book, it's all been building towards his decline.


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

    You think you know the ending, but what a story!


    Any additional comments?

    I almost didn't finish this book. The introduction was overwhelming. I'd get interested, then it would drone on into mathematical information, but then, fortunately, it would get interesting again. I'm glad I persevered!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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