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  • Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgetting

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tracy Kidder
    • Narrated By Tracy Kidder
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    Tracy Kidder, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the best sellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, and the enduring classic Mountains Beyond Mountains, has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the "master of the non-fiction narrative". In this new book, Kidder gives us the superb story of a hero for our time. Strength in What Remains is a wonderfully written, inspiring account of one man's remarkable American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him.

    Roy says: "My Favorite of Kidder's Books"
    "Strength Indeed"
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    It is amazing that Deo was able to survive and to achieve his life goals. I was especially moved by the descriptions of how the memories of the horrors he saw will always haunt him. Hearing of the generosity of his "sponsors" was also moving. I thought the trip to revisit the places of the horrors was anticlimactic and focused too much on the author. I would have preferred to have listened to a professional narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets of Mary Bowser: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lois Leveen
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Based on a remarkable true story, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is an inspiring tale of one daring woman's willingness to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history.... All her life, Mary has been a slave to the wealthy Van Lew family of Richmond, Virginia. But when Bet, the willful Van Lew daughter, decides to send Mary to Philadelphia to be educated, she must leave her family to seize her freedom.

    Jay says: "Wonderful performance of a great story."
    "Impressive"
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    An amazing combination of fact and fiction in this historical novel. I commend the Lois Leveen and Robin Miles for the creation of this excellent novel!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brother, I'm Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Edwidge Danticat
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
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    Award-winning, best-selling author Edwidge Danticat taps her exceptional storytelling gifts for this memoir of the two men who raised her. When the author was only four years old, her parents emigrated from Haiti to New York in search of a better life, leaving their daughter in the care of her uncle Joseph. A peaceful pastor in Port-au-Prince, Joseph raised Edwidge with the love and devotion of a father, despite facing many hardships in politically turbulent Haiti.

    Chandra says: "A Superb Reflection"
    "Excellent Memoir, Excellent Narration"
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    What a stunning memoir! I was pleasantly surprised that the book was as much about life as death. Danticat's excellent telling of her story and describing her family members is impressive. The ending is shocking and infuriating. I commend Danticat for writing this part well, without excessive invectives.

    I loved the fantastic narration by Robin Miles. I am now a devoted Robin Miles fan.

    As a companion book, one set in Haiti, I recommend Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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