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  • Gilead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"

    I found this to be a novel of great depth and discovery. It is quiet and thoughtful and beautiful. It doesn't stuff anything down your throat...just makes your mind work. It could have gone in many directions but chose the true path. What a pleasure to read a novel so thought provoking and unassuming.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "Shakespeare would be proud."
    Would you listen to Macbeth: A Novel again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again just to hear Alan Cumming!!! He is one of my all-time favorite actors and his voice is like melting butter. His narration of this novel is flawless and brings the Scotland of Macbeth to life. I am a Shakespeare fanatic and was not sure about a 'novel' about Macbeth. But, it works. It brings out the backgound, the country, the influences that are not discussed in detail in the play. I can only hope that Mr. Hartley and Mr. Hewson will do similar work with some of the other plays. And if Alan Cumming can narrate, the pleasure will be all mine.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Macbeth: A Novel?

    In the beginning when Duncan found out who the Norwegian 'ambassador' was. I have seen 'Macbeth' performed several times but this book fleshed out the history of the times and helped explain Macbeth the man.

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Everything! No one, to my knowledge, could have done such a superior performance. Alan Cumming was a brilliant choice.

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

    It made be marvel at the talent of all involved. the Bard in particular.

    Any additional comments?

    Hope to read/hear more like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gary D. Schmidt
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Turner Buckminster can't find anything good to say about his first six hours in Phippsburg, Maine, where even baseball is a different game. He's about ready to light out for the Territories, where every shirt he wears won't have to be starched white and no one will know him as the new minister's son. But after meeting Lizzie Bright Griffin, a smart and sassy girl who lives on nearby Malaga Island, a poor community founded by former slaves, he doesn't feel quite so miserable.

    JWW says: "No holds barred"
    "No holds barred"

    I read this story to my then 8 year old grandson. It is a very touching and sad story but also shows that people can change and do the right thing. It may have been a bit sad for an 8 year old so would probably recommend it for older listeners/readers. It got the point across without being preachy or overly politically correct. Very well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anthology of Science Fiction, the Surreal, and the Other-Worldly (Dramatization)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Clark Ashton Smith, C.L. Moore, Troy Cardines, and others
    • Narrated By Third Ear Radio Theater

    Over four hours of strange and chilling tales of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and the surreal, including the classics Master of the Crabs by Clark Ashton Smith and Black God's Kiss by C.L. Moore. A unique blend of short stories for fans of all audio genres!

    Andrew says: "A mixed bag"

    This has to be the worst audio I have ever listened to. Some of the stories would have been interesting if there had been any cohesivness to thier presentation and if the awful music had been left out.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    pixychild says: "Interesting @ arm's length"
    "Under the Banner of Heaven"

    This is the most disturbing book I have read in a very long time.
    When Elizabeth Smart was found and the circumstances of her capture revealed, I was not surprised at all. Any child brought up under her conditions would probably have capitulated just as she did.
    The Mormon faith is not a is a cult...fundamentalist and main stream Mormonism both. So, the next time those "nice" Mormon boys come to my door, I am prepared.
    To think this is the fastest growing cult in the world is indeed frightening.

    3 of 15 people found this review helpful

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