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Steven

Blacksburg, VA, USA

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  • Cry, the Beloved Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alan Paton
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (238)

    This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

    Penny says: "Two Words"
    "A Stirring, Emotional Journey To End Racism"
    Overall

    First: Michael York's narration is spectacular. I have begun reading this novel many times (didn't read it in high school -- though it was required!)but was never able to move past the first chapter. Listening to York's voicing of the characters, especially the 'character' of the land of South Africa, was captivating. Second: The beauty and lyricism of Paton's writing, reflect the simple, honest truth of the characters and the times they are living through. York's narration sets a perfect tempo and is nuanced and evocative. LISTEN TO THIS BOOK -- It is a classic that has been brought to life for me and it will remain indelibly imprinted in my heart; on yours, also, is my wish. Go well.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27136)
    Performance
    (13758)
    Story
    (13804)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "An Intimate View of Race Relations in the 60's"
    Overall

    Honestly written and artfully narrated, this story offers readers a bridge across the difficult waters of the racial divide. Though written by a white woman, it is mostly successful in capturing the unique perspectives, attitudes and experiences of Southern blacks and whites in the early sixties. While perhaps a bit sentimental in the telling, the gentle approach to presenting these complex relationships allows the reader to thoughtfully re-examine society's challenging racial issues. The main characters are fully realized and convincingly voiced -- I felt as though I were sitting in the room with them as their stories unfolded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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