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Shoeaddict

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  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Uncle Tom is a high-minded, devoutly Christian black slave to a kind family, the Shelbys. But beset by financial difficulties, the Shelbys sell Tom to a slave trader. Young George Shelby promises to someday redeem him. The story relates Uncle Tom's trials, suffering, and religious fortitude.

    Sam Motes says: "The beginning of the end of slavery"
    "Very well written"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Uncle Tom's Cabin in three words, what would they be?

    An American classic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't narrow it down to one, but they are Uncle Tom and Eva


    Which character – as performed by Mirron Willis – was your favorite?

    St.Claire


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When George proclaim, he would not disguise his race by passing for White, and he would continue to support the cause of abolishing slavery.

    Uncle Tom's Coup de grace!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe I've passed by this book, dozens of times. Harriet Beecher, which I've learned played a vital role in supporting America's abolitionist against slavery, really out done herself. The dangers of writing such a novel in the 19th century, especially as a woman was quite daring. This is truly piece of art, that should be indulged by all races.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7851)
    Performance
    (4570)
    Story
    (4555)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "So good I had to read it twice."
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    Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

    I fell in love the first time I read it, and obsessed on the second round. The new novel Winter of the World is about to be release, and I thought I should brush up on the characters. I swear it's like reading it for the first time, I can put it down. The characters draw you in from beginning to end, I just want the book to go on forever. The story take you on an endless journey, from many different angles. Their description of the war makes it hard to just side with America, because you empathize with the other countries. The love stories, the families, and the brotherhood of the service men, really make you think about your own relationships. When I pick this book, I didn't know anything about Ken Follet, nor was I interested in any war story. Little did I know I found a gem, that went way past my expectations.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fall of Giants?

    Grigori giving his brother Lev Peshkov his ticket. I would tell you more, but the scene touching and sad at the same time, I don't take that away from the reader.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes! It is because of John Lee, that I read Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth, and World w/o End. Sometimes I forget that it's only one narrator, I think that's why I love his style so much. John puts faces on the character, and walks me through the scene.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had many reactions to this book, especially the loyal, yet complex relationship between the Russian brothers.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've never read Ken Follet, please, please read this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (3724)
    Performance
    (3235)
    Story
    (3215)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    jerry says: "Unabridged!"
    "I can't get enough"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! The story is a nail biter, it kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jamie of course, his unwavering loyalty is what keeps me enthralled throughout the book.
    Jocasta's will to go on after witnessing her daughter's death, and the secret relationship she had was quite interesting too.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Jocasta Cameron, and Mrs Hayes, but if I had to choose it undoubtedly be Mrs. Hayes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I just want the series to go on, and on, and on........

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (3993)
    Performance
    (3518)
    Story
    (3510)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Dawn says: "THANK YOU!!!"
    "I can't get enough"
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    What did you love best about The Fiery Cross?

    Roger clawing his way back from death


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like them all for different reasons, but if I must choose, it would have to be Clair.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Davina Porter sets the book on fire, her narration is quite enchanting. Davina makes me forget that it is she who does all the voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I dont want the story to ever end...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14810)
    Performance
    (9191)
    Story
    (9066)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Quite surprising"
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    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    The relationship between Claire and James was very endearing.


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    World without End


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Help me to envision what the characters look like


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    When James had to beat Claire it almost crushed me


    Any additional comments?

    The first part was boring and I almost put it down, but I hung in there and Im so glad I did.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3208)
    Performance
    (1550)
    Story
    (1551)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "I underestimated this one..."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shantaram?

    When he lost Prabaker, and when he had to fight off dogs with the little boy.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book sat in my library for a few months. I couldn't get pass the first couple of sentences, but once i committed, I couldn't put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    You will not be disappointed, I promise you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24125)
    Performance
    (18067)
    Story
    (18123)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "I cant put it down, already purchased the next 2"
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    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    Everything


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Deliria for not giving up, although she was dealt a crappy hand.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Deliria wakes up to find her husband is no longer her husband.


    Was there a moment in the book that particular moved you?

    When Jamie said "The things i do for love"


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't really curious about the HBO show G of Thrones until I read the book, I hope they do it justice. As a matter of fact, I'm not going to see it until I've listen to all the books. So I'm not tainted by Hollywood's version of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Armand

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (135)

    In this installment of The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice summons up dazzling worlds to bring you the story of Armand - eternally young, with the face of a Botticelli angel. Armand first appeared in all his dark glory in the now-classic Interview with the Vampire. Also available abridged.

    Jimmy says: "OK Book, Not So Great Reader"
    "Really slow, and boring"
    Overall

    First let me start by saying I love almost everything written by Rice, however this one was a really snoozer. Save your money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (795)

    Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. From the Paperback edition.

    James says: "Compelling, Simon Vance does it again!"
    "Spellbinding"
    Overall

    The narrator brings this classic alive. At times it was so real, I caught myself crouching down, looking from side to side out of fear. Much better than the movie.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6733)
    Performance
    (4709)
    Story
    (4694)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Love, love, loved it!"
    Overall

    Was it believable? I dont know. Do I care? No! Great story, found novel quite interesting, I couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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