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Cynthia

Lecanto, FL, United States

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  • The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (149)

    The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. McCullough expertly weaves the many strands of this momentous event into a captivating tale.

    Tim says: "No Stone Unturned"
    "Detail, Detail"
    Overall

    There are so many characters & details that it becomes very tedious unless you are an avid history lover & can keep track of multiple individuals interacting, often with little results. No wonder it took so long to build. Save yourself lots of time & get the PBS video of the making of the Canal which is well done & conveys the story interestingly.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3978)
    Performance
    (3396)
    Story
    (3389)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "How not to write a novel"
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    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The attorney father just wasn't credible for me, the mother & son were both weak characters . The author should have worked harder on developing the characters instead of overusing metaphors. This would be an example of what a formula novel right out of writing class sounds like.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (345)

    Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    Heimo says: "deeply moving rollercoaster ride"
    "Great Literature"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Big Rock Candy Mountain in three words, what would they be?

    A wonderful story,expertly told & written with characters that you really know bceause they are so well depicted. My first Stegner book & what a remarkable find- this man really knows how to write a compelling story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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