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David

David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (635)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Excellent!"
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    "The Power of One" and this book, "Four Fires" are in the same league. I really enjoyed the storyline, the character developement, the drama, & the humor that Bryce Courtney brought to this book! It was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (669)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "I'm looking forward to Book 2"
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    First of all, I love Grover Gardner. He is an excellent narrator and makes the characters come to life. This is also my first John Jakes book and I was pleasantly surprised and hooked. I'm looking forward to checking out his other books. His ability to weave characters together, create drama, and bring in historical accuracy was wonderful.

    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
    Overall
    (21500)
    Performance
    (15604)
    Story
    (15660)

    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"
    "Original & captivating"
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    George Martin does a great job of weaving this book together. The character development is great, the plot line is intricate and fascinating, and the world he has created is unique and believable. The authors imagination is remarkable and his ability to put his vision into words is amazing. Five stars and certainly worth your listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (233)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "One of Courtenay's best!"
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    I really enjoyed this book! Bryce Courtenay does such an amazing job at character development and he came through once again with this book. I felt like I knew the characters, sympathized with some and hated others. I found myself thinking about the book when I wasn't currently listening - wondering about the plot and characters. Then I found myself feeling disappointed because I was nearing the end and the story would end. It's been awhile since I've enjoyed a book that much. I would say that this is my favorite Courtenay book, and I've listened to the following books: The Power of One, Tandia, Tommo & Hawk, The Potato Factory, & Four Fires. Go ahead and listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tandia

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (517)

    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    Thomas Andrews says: "Thanks for this wonderful collaboration"
    "Great sequel to The Power of One"
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    I thought that Tandia was a really good sequel to The Power of One. I enjoyed reading more about Peekay’s life, boxing, and relationships. I thought it was interesting that the summary makes the book emphasis seem to be about the struggle of a black/white relationship in South Africa when that only occurs in the last few chapters of the book. I’d say this book really isn’t about the relationship between Tandia and Peekay. It’s more of a story about the survival, strength, & victory of Tandia – an abused but victorious black woman. THEN it’s about Peekay’s story and lastly it covers and his relationship to Tandia. I didn’t like the ending. The ending was so disappointing and that is the only reason I rated this book 4/5 stars instead of 5/5.

    Spoiler Alert:
    Let me elaborate as to why I really hated the ending of this book. Bryce Courtney killed off a couple beloved characters (Dee & Dum) with only a few words and not much response/remorse from Peekay. First he killed off Dee with a single shot fired by the antagonist. Then he has Dum jump off a cliff in an effort to protect Peekay from death. But then that proves to have been for nothing because Peekay chose to jump to his own death anyway. And right after Dum sacrifices her life for Peekay the next phrase completely dismisses the extent of her loss by this phrase:

    “Peekay lay still for a long time. The moon came up, full and glorious. A bright light in the African night. He always liked the full moon. He was back in the night country…”

    Where is the remorse for the loss of someone he grew up with? Seemed a very strange ending for those two characters that were part of both books and supposedly loved like family by Peekay. It also seemed that Peekay gave up on his own life quickly too. I absolutely did not like this ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5416)
    Performance
    (4749)
    Story
    (4784)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Favorite!"
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    This is probably my favorite Steven King book. Such an interesting read/listen! The character development is amazing. Loved this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4215)
    Performance
    (3531)
    Story
    (3541)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Jimmy says: "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
    "Wonderfully interesting listen"
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    I really like how Ken Follett develops his character. By the end of the book I really felt as though I knew his characters and I was interested in all that happened to them. Very interesting and fun read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2891)
    Performance
    (2601)
    Story
    (2613)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Pretentious"
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    I thought the plot and idea behind this book was unique and interesting, but I found the writing overly wordy and pretentious. I found myself waiting for the book to end instead of being engrossed and involved in the story. I also was disappointed by the abrupt, unresolved ending. Very unsatisfying and confusing. I'm not sure why this book received such great reviews. Claire Danes was okay, not fabulous. I think she did pretty good with the material she was given to work with. I wouldn't say that this book was a total waste of a credit but neither is it anything to write home about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Judge

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Randy Singer
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    When a brilliant billionaire is diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, he realizes that all his considerable wealth cannot prepare him to meet his Maker. But he has an idea that might: he will stage the ultimate reality show. With his true agenda hidden, he auditions followers from all the world's major religions, inviting them to the trial of their lives on a remote island, where they must defend their beliefs against spiritual challenges. Oliver Finney, a feisty old judge with his own secrets, is chosen to defend Christianity. As the program takes a strange twist, he realizes he is trapped in a game of deadly agendas that may cost him his life.

    Andrew says: "EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!!"
    "Childish, cliche writing style"
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    I'm pretty sure this was the first Randy Singer book that I've ever listened to (or read) and I have to say, I won't be looking up any of his other books. I found myself annoyed/irritated with the way he wrote his leading lady. He used cliche after cliche when describing her looks or thought process. It was such an immature attempt at capturing a woman's thoughts. I was turned off but felt I should at least finish the book. The last 1/4 of the book was interesting...which is why I still gave it three stars. But no... I won't be looking for anymore Randy Singer books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6843)
    Performance
    (4086)
    Story
    (4060)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    Kathy says: "Hurry up! I want them all!"
    "Unimpressed..."
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    I am now done with this series.
    This third book went back to the same over the top sexual descriptions as in the first book. It's unnecessary and does nothing to further the story of the book. If you like harlequin romance novels - then this might be the book for you. If you're looking for an action/adventure, then I would keep looking elsewhere and save your credit.
    Claire became a really annoying main character in this third book. She acted thoughtlessly and irrationally most of the time. She was judgmental and dramatic and exasperating.
    Overall, I was looking forward to the end to this story. I'm not interested in continuing to follow the sexual escapades of Claire & Jaime.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6230)
    Performance
    (1582)
    Story
    (1602)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Good story"
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    I enjoyed this story and the storyline alone kept me interested. The narrator was extremily boring and I was surprised by all the positive reviews I had read prior to purchasing this book. I tried to start the book a couple times, but the narrator did not hold my interest. Finally I just decided to barrel through and appreciate the story, despite the presentation. I would say that this book is worth your credit, or better yet... get the paper copy and read it. It'll probably be a better experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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