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Neil

Sunderland, ON, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • 390 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Searching for Schindler

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    In 1980, Tom Keneally walked into a store in Beverly Hills owned by Polish Jew Leopold Pfefferberg Page to buy a new briefcase. For the next few years, Tom's life was taken over by this charismatic and driven man, known as Poldek, and the story he wanted shared.

    Brodie says: "Sadly wonderful"
    "Interesting but needed an editor"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the majority of this story but in retrospect, I may have been better off, and just as informed, had I read the original work 'Schindlers Ark' instead. This book seems like the author was just looking to produce some more royalties. The most interesting parts of the book were probably already covered in the original.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gilead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (151)

    In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He "preached men into the Civil War", then, at age 50, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle.

    Jim says: "The wonder of retrospect"
    "Lovely and thought provoking"
    Overall

    Good stuff, beautifully read. Skip this one if you like car chases and the like. This is a slow burn, but it has wonderful moments.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Steve Leveen
    • Narrated By Steve Leveen
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    What would you read if you had the time? What would you learn if you could? Spend just three hours with Steve Leveen's Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life and you could gain a lifetime of greater fulfillment as a reader. The secret, as Steve will tell you, is to know how to fall, and stay, in book love. That's easy to do, once you give yourself permission to read your way.

    Patti says: "Get This Book!"
    "Fairly obvious stuff"
    Overall

    Not bad, but all in all most of what he is telling us is pretty common sense. I found he tended to reiterate a lot of items. There are some very useful tips though included, especially writing in the margins of books that require some thinking.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Country of the Pointed Firs (Unabridg

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sarah Orne Jewett
    • Narrated By Cindy Hardin
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Neil says: "Poor sound"
    "Poor sound"
    Overall

    A nice story but the recording quality of this book is poor. Fluctuates in volume a great deal. The narration is not the best either. Also, there doesn't seem to be any kind of pause after the the end of a chapter and the next chapter heading. Seems rushed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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