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Anthony

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  • Midnight's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Lyndam Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (347)

    Salman Rushdie holds the literary world in awe with a jaw-dropping catalog of critically acclaimed novels that have made him one of the world's most celebrated authors. Winner of the prestigious Booker of Bookers, Midnight's Children tells the story of Saleem Sinai, born on the stroke of India's independence.

    Marc-Fr says: "Outstanding book, superb narration"
    "a fascinating novel"
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    I am a latecomer to this book and about 2/3 through the audio version (the narrator is wonderful). This is a fascinating novel, with motley of very unusual characters and relationships and twists. There is so much to say about this imaginative and absorbing book. The main character drifts back and forth between his external world and what at times seems like a delusional internal life where he wields omnipotence and omniscience among the Midnight's children in contrast to a pathetic external world. I will savor the last 1/3 of the book. I am delighted with this recommendation. At times it is laugh out loud funny.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Storm: A Novel of the War in the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    As the war in Europe winds down in the wake of the Normandy invasion, the United States has turned its vast military resources toward an all-out effort against the Japanese. In the spring of 1945, Japan’s empire has been pressed slowly back toward its home islands, and the Americans mount a furious assault on the last great stepping-stone to Japan itself - the heavily fortified island of Okinawa. The three-month battle will feature some of the most vicious combat of the entire war, as American troops confront an enemy that would rather be slaughtered than experience the shame of surrender.

    Rune says: "How can he keep it up"
    "too restrictive"
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    A good read for sure on a very limited segment of the war in the Pacific. It is disappointing however that the author is not devoting more time to a more sweeping narrative of the war in the Pacific. I may be spoiled by Jeff Shaara's more thorough series, particularly in his account of the Civil War.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (646)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "well worth the long wait"
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    Its hard to imagine a more absorbing, detail rich, thorough and compelling work of biography and history. Robert Caro takes his time in getting his writing out but it is well worth the wait. The examination of Lyndon Johnson as a politician and complex human being and the impact of his earlier life experiences on his decision making and relationships with other major political figures, particularly Robert Kennedy is masterly. I was inspired to re-read his earlier books in this series. I noticed some one star ratings for this book and can't imagine how that could have happened. I can't wait for the final installment in this series. It doesn't get any better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12026)
    Performance
    (7977)
    Story
    (8012)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "an absolutely riveting read"
    Overall

    This book quickly captures you and holds your attention throughout. The resolve and grit it took to live through unimaginable horrors- what a source of inspiration and triumph. You could not find this in fiction. This book would appeal to readers on many levels as it contains history, drama, the full range of human behavior, and much more. What a powerful story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Dorrit

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Nigel Graham
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad and takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, and in the affairs of her father, William Dorrit. Dorrit, a man of shabby grandeur has been long imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea. As Arthur soon discovers, the dark shadow of the prison stretches far beyond its walls to affect the lives of many. A masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment.

    Vivia says: "Wonderful! FABULOUS NARRATOR BRINGS DICKENS ALIVE"
    "poorly edited reader"
    Overall

    This is a gem of a Dickens novel. It was so good that I finished it even though the reader gulped water, and uttered loud and distracting throat clearings throughout the book. The narrative is wonderful and the reader actually reads very well, however the editors should have cut out the very distracting noises from the reader.I have downloaded hundreds of books from audible over the years and have never experienced such poor editing. Otherwise, it is a very involving novel, containing mystery, suspense, intrigue, wit, and wonderful language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4572)
    Performance
    (2043)
    Story
    (2031)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "A very enjoyable read"
    Overall

    Yes, themes of love, attunement, resilience, resolve and adaptation run throughout. The execution of the "plan"is filled with high suspense as well. The story of coping with life for life outsude the room was extraordinary. Great dialogue.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Isabel Allende
    • Narrated By S. Epatha Merkerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (235)

    Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarit - known as Tt - is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tt finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

    Madelaine says: "good story, ok narration"
    "totally absorbing"
    Overall

    A wonderful story of the plight, courage, resolve, and in some cases the triumph of Haitian slaves prior to, during and after the Haitian revolution. If you enjoy Alice Walker and Toni Morrison, or liked "The Help" then you will love this novel. I am new to the author so this was a great discovery. I couldn't put it down.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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