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  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    Overall
    (5077)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1312)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Not my cup of Afghani tea"
    Overall

    This book read like an Afghani Uncle Tom's Cabin. With Simon Legree, characterized by the evil husband. The cruel pre civil war pro slave owning Southern Government, symbolize by the harsh Taliban. And of course, the two noble slaves Uncle Tom and Eliza, represented by the two long-suffering wives. A true tear jerker. A chick’s book on steroids. Listening to this book was a painful waste of 11 hours and 43 min of my life.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hollywood Station: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    They call him the Oracle. He's got 46 years under his belt and more hash marks than a football field. More importantly, he has a crew of cops to look out for on the streets of Hollywood. From his understaffed office at Hollywood Station, he keeps a close eye on his squad who spend their day in patrol cars, and their nights in the underbelly of a city that never sleeps.

    wsoxfan2005 says: "Excellent"
    "He's Back!"
    Overall

    This book ROCKS! This is a wonderful representation of classic Joseph Wambaugh. Funny and gritty. The LAPD cops in this book are real people not the shallow righteous crime fighters of TV and movies. I LOVED this old school style Wambaugh novel and I can't recommend it too much!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightwalker: Nightwalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jon Randolph Bryce
    • Narrated By Michael Taylor
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The inconceivable has happened. America has been ravaged by nuclear war. James Wolfe, a trucker driving on a isolated highway in the Northwest, sees the mushroom clouds in the distance and hides out in an abandoned mine. Now, months later, Wolfe emerges to a world he hardly recognizes.

    roderick bayless says: "Great read!"
    "Great read!"
    Overall

    Finally a good piece of fiction with a post-apocalyptic America theme. This book is everything that the Road and the Pesthouse were not. Nightwalker has a cool main character,its interesting, exciting and a fun to read. This book rocks! I can wait read the sequel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Ishmael Beah
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (105)

    This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than 50 conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

    Andy says: "best listen ever"
    "Good Story, Poorly Told"
    Overall

    When I first ordered this title I was expecting to hear an exciting, gripping first-hand account of the experiences of an actual African "Boy Soldier". But what I heard was the dry, lackluster, emotionless reading of a poorly ghost written book. As a former Viet Nam combat vet myself, I feel that the book's matter fact description of the fog and intensity of jungle warfare greatly misses the mark.

    As a result I give A Long Way Gone a guarded recommendation. If you like reading textbook accounts of historical events, then you'll love this book

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Pesthouse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jim Crace
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    The United States is now a lawless, scantly populated wasteland. Across the country, families have packed up their belongings to travel eastward toward the one hope left: passage on a ship to Europe. Franklin Lopez and his brother, Jackson, are only days away from the ocean when Franklin, nearly crippled by an inflamed knee, is forced to stop. Franklin comes upon an isolated stone building. Inside he finds Margaret, a woman with a deadly infection and confined to the Pesthouse to sweat out her fever.

    Richard says: "Just missed it"
    "Beware of the Pesthouse"
    Overall

    If you liked The Road, you’ll love the Pesthouse. If you found the Road, drawn out, boring with a lackluster finish, you won’t like The Pesthouse. Count me in with the second group. This is my second attempt to find a good book that deals with the post-apocalyptic America theme, but after reading both The Pesthouse and The Road, I’m still looking

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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