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Francie

Pasadena, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Steve Lopez
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than 30 years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard - ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans there - until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.

    Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers' life. The Soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges.

    David says: "Fascinating true story"
    "Not my cup of tea"
    Overall

    I didn't like the book at all and I am very sorry I purchased it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • La's Orchestra Saves the World: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    In 1939, Lavender flees London to escape the German bombs and her shattered marriage. Settling in a small town, she pulls together a makeshift orchestra to help cope with the times.

    glamazon says: "McCall Smith Does It Again!"
    "My new favorite author!"
    Overall

    I chose this book because I am a very big fan of other books by Alexander McCall Smith. This book did not let me down. Full of heartwarming insights into what it was like to live in England during the war. Thanks to Mr. Smith for another wonderful read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Brokaw
    • Narrated By Tom Brokaw, a supporting cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The men and women honored in Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation speak in this collection of letters from and about the Depression and World War II.

    Sean says: "Not for everyone"
    "Wonderful Book!"
    Overall

    It is impossible to listen to this book and not be humbled and moved to tears! I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all the sacrifices made in World War II to preserve our country's way of life. Thanks to all who participated and shared their stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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