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Holliday

somerset, NJ, USA

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  • 3 reviews
  • 51 ratings
  • 740 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    A bird of good omen is murdered. A skeletal ship is sighted moving against the wind and tide. The figure of Death, along with a singular, gruesome companion, man the fiendish craft. As they draw closer, it becomes evident that the two play at dice for the soul of the Ancient Mariner. The result is nothing short of cataclysmic.

    Erez says: "Can't really complain, but..."
    "B J Harrison"
    Overall


    ANYTHING, B. J. HARRISON narrates is truly amazing, he gives so much to all the readings I have purchased and will continue to purchase!

    He brings you into every story and captures your imagination with a deftness few narrators poses and as he reads each story there is an intelligence for each story and their characters and how each respectively plays out.

    His fun and classical manner is evident in many books he reads and makes you want to curl up with a hot cup of… -anything- sit back close your eyes and let him take you to the most wonderful places.
    B. J. Harrison.... he understands.... HE GETS IT!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4269)
    Performance
    (2796)
    Story
    (2825)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Rebecca Skloots dedication prevails"
    Overall

    Incredibly engaging and given that this history has so much to do with all humans alive today; also for anyone we know who has not died from a curable infection or certain cancers and that fewer and fewer people die from diseases that are now almost eradicated in many parts of the world, suffering and death are at an all time low due to this amazing woman's cells.

    I want to thank Rebecca Skloot for her tenacity and without her willingness to give so much of HER life to telling the truth on this story; we would be forever ignorant to such an important and integral part of all our lives.

    The story is one of innocence, intrigue and all out war; a fight that the Lacks family may never win, but with public outcry, and this book; I believe that this part of her story may very well change.

    I think that there will always be pushback from the medical and scientific community, when it comes to our rights about our bodies and as human beings. Also, some of the issues raised in this book will be ones we will be addressing for the next few hundred years! I believe that these and others we can not even comprehend; will be issues that societies as a whole will hotly debate and those societies woes in this area will carry on debates of one kind or other for all time.

    I highly recommend this book it is truly one that will be cited in history books and should be used (and most likely will be) in all medical and school curriculums.

    18 of 18 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
    (13239)
    Performance
    (5571)
    Story
    (5615)

    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....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "The Pillars of the Earth"
    Overall

    For my first experience with Ken Follett, I was intrigued and felt like a child again, I was hungrily anticipating the next "scene" and fascinated by his magnificent descriptive abilities, usually I stay away from fiction but I gave this a try and am ecstatic that I did.
    I am a convert and now a fan.
    I can not wait to delve into more of his remarkable writing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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