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vhuggins

SeaTac, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Neil Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (228)
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    (226)

    Eight hundred women and children begin a 1,200-mile journey on foot across Japanese-occupied Malaya. At journey’s end, only 30 will still be alive. This is the story of one woman, of her ordeal, and of how she was saved by the sacrifice of an Australian soldier. It is a story of rare individual courage in the face of certain death, and hope in the face of despair.

    Jean says: "Historical Novel"
    "I love this book!"
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    This is a wonderful book! I love that it describes and interesting part of history that I had never heard about. The narrator does a good job of differentiating the characters and bringing them to life. The characters are great. They are fully fleshed out and interesting, and I really cared about what happened to them, which to me is the mark of a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Far From The Madding Crowd

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    This is the story of Bathsheba Everdene, who inherits her uncle's farm, then surprises the villagers of Weatherbury by deciding to run it herself rather than hire a manager. 3 men vie for the affections of this independent young woman.

    vhuggins says: "Does Thomas Hardy justice"
    "Does Thomas Hardy justice"
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    Thomas Hardy is one of my favorite authors and this book is probaby my favorite of his books. It has the darkness that a lot of his novels have, but it has some light as well. Bathsheba is a very complex character with very definite faults. Nobody in this novel is too perfect and everyone seems very human. Nathaniel Parker is a great narrator. At first I thought he read a little fast, but either he slowed down or I got used to it because I really enjoyed his reading. He does a wonderful job with the characters, and Bathsheba doesn't have that annoying sound that some male narrators give their female characters. I will definitely be listening to this one again.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna Doone [Naxos]

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By R. D. Blackmore
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
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    The Doones are a clan of murdering thieves, and among their victims is John Ridd's father. The strong, noble Ridd determines to avenge his father's death; but his plans are complicated when he falls in love with one of the hated family - the beautiful Lorna. Lorna is promised against her will to another; and that other will not let her go lightly. Set amid the political turmoils of the late 17th century, Lorna Doone brings West Country history and legends alive with wonderfully imaginative fiction.

    vhuggins says: "Much better than reading it"
    "Much better than reading it"
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    This was an excellent audiobook. I always loved the story (having watched the A&E miniseries and read the book before I listened to this) and this audiobook really brings it to life. When I read the book on my own, I had trouble getting into it because of the rural dialogue that was having trouble understanding. Jonathan Keeble's narration took away all my difficulties and let me really enjoy this beautiful book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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