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Jin

Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

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  • Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Here, from Bill Clinton, is a call to action. Giving is an inspiring look at how each of us can change the world. First, it reveals the extraordinary and innovative efforts now being made by companies and organizations and by individuals to solve problems and save lives both "down the street and around the world". Then it urges us to seek out what each of us, "regardless of income, available time, age, and skills", can do to help.

    Edmund W. Cheung says: "Buy the hard copy book - the listen lacks"
    "not a book to listen to, a book to read"
    Overall

    I thought Bill's narration was too fast and monotoned. I would like to buy the book for all the great references of charities and organizations. It's not something that's meant to be listened to. However, I did really enjoy his accounts of givers and their stories. The rest is just hard to remember.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13145)
    Performance
    (5584)
    Story
    (5651)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Entertaining listen"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book, thought the two narrators were excellent and the storyline was intriguing. However the main character didn't resonate with me, he was very two dimensional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12515)
    Performance
    (4897)
    Story
    (4936)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "excellent and intense listen"
    Overall

    I loved this book! The characters are thrilling and the storylines are intense. This is more of a love story, love for another human being and passion for one's work, around the building of a cathedral. It's more fiction than historic fiction. I thought parts of it were predictable, but then there were definitely parts that left me in complete shock and every time I put it down I was compelled to pick it back up. Don't let the length of the book throw you off, it's definitely a page turner, I finished listening to it in a week and half.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5938)
    Performance
    (2128)
    Story
    (2152)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "well written and interesting story"
    Overall

    Middlesex was extremely well written with a fasinating topic, and the narration was very smooth. I found the story hard to listen to in the beginning but grew to love the historic settings, colorful characters, the family secrets, and the difficult coming of age of Calliope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5042)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1275)

    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"
    "boring narrator, but good story"
    Overall

    I read the Kite Runner and was blown away by the insight into Afghanistan culture and the day to day lives of people on the other side of the world. Really, their lives aren't so different from ours, they have the same dreams and hopes as we do, and they fear and abhor war and tyranny just as we do. This second novel extends that insight by showing us Afghanistan from two women's perspectives as their lives intertwine with the people and world around them, and as they survive regime after regime of terror, in their own home and in their country. The narrator was terrible though, her voice was monotone, and her story telling seemed forced at best. That's really my only complaint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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