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Edwin Williamson

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  • 89 titles in library
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  • The House at Sugar Beach: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Helene Cooper
    • Narrated By Helene Cooper
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    At once a deeply personal memoir and an examination of a violent and stratified country, The House at Sugar Beach tells of tragedy, forgiveness, and transcendence with unflinching honesty and a survivor's gentle humor. And at its heart, it is a story of Helene Cooper's long voyage home.

    Gregory Han says: "Reader made this book for me."
    "Fabulous true story"
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    This is a terrific book, and the author does a wonderful job reading it. I was so sorry when it ended, but am happy to know I can read the author's columns in the NYT and see her, occasionally on the News Hour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ken Follett & John Lee Talk About Fall of Giants

    • ORIGINAL (11 mins)
    • By Ken Follett, John Lee
    • Narrated By Diana Dapito
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (322)

    Ken Follett and John Lee, the author and narrator of Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, are back together again for Fall of Giants, the first in The Century Trilogy. They recently chatted with Audible editor Diana Dapito about the new epic book, and what it was like to write and record it.

    IAmNotLynda says: "interesting interview!"
    "fantastic story, fantastic reader"
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    We listen to lots of books on tape as we drive up and down the east coast, and this is the best story we have heard. The reader does an amazing job with all the accents, and the plot is fabulous. We can't wait for the sequel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Istanbul Passage: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Joseph Kanon
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    A neutral capital straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul has spent the war as a magnet for refugees and spies. Even American businessman Leon Bauer has been drawn into this shadow world, doing undercover odd jobs and courier runs for the Allied war effort. Now, as the espionage community begins to pack up and an apprehensive city prepares for the grim realities of postwar life, he is given one more assignment, a routine job that goes fatally wrong, plunging him into a tangle of intrigue and moral confusion.

    Maine Colonial says: "What choice do you make when all options are bad?"
    "Terrific story!"
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    I loved this book - it was a bit slow at the start, but it picked up and i found myself listening to it even when I wasn't in the car (my usually listening spot). The reader is fabulous, and I'm only sorry I don't have the hard copy so I can check out all the places in it when we go to Istanbul.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2819)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2319)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "disappointing book"
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    My husband and I agreed that this was a lousy book. We generally like the author, but were really disappointed in this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between Two Worlds: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Zainab Salbi, Laurie Becklund
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Zainab Salbi was 11-years-old when her father was chosen to serve as Saddam Hussein's personal pilot, her family often forced to spend weekends with Saddam where he watched their every move. As a palace insider, Zainab offers a singular glimpse of what it is like to come of age under a dictator and provides an intimate portrait of the man she was taught to call "uncle". She watched as Saddam pitted friends, spouses, and even children against each other to compete for his approval.

    Ella says: "An excellent history lesson"
    "Between two worlds"
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    This is a really interesting story and well read. I think most people will learn a lot about what it was like to live under Sadam's thumb..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Ann in Autumn: A Tales of the City Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Armistead Maupin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Twenty years have passed since Mary Ann Singleton left her husband and child in San Francisco to pursue her dream of a career in New York. Now a pair of personal calamities has driven her back to the city of her youth and into the arms of her friend, Michael "Mouse" Tolliver, a gardener happily ensconced with his much-younger husband. Mary Ann finds refuge in the couple's backyard cottage, where, at the unnerving age of 57, she licks her wounds and takes stock of her mistakes.

    Kathleen says: "Just okay."
    "Mary Ann's OK"
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    I found this engaging enough to distract me during a long car trip, but not really great.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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