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Anne

Rocklin, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Thirteen Moons

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (247)

    This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of 12, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating, great epic tale"
    "Like going home"
    Overall

    As a native of western North Carolina, reading Thirteen Moons was like a trip home. I could see myself walking the woodland paths of my youth, smelling the earthy odors of wet moss and crushed evergreens, and hearing the crackle of oak leaves underfoot. I heard the voice of my elders, speaking in a different time and place, when life moved at a slower pace.

    Thirteen Moons left me homesick for youth and my beloved mountains. It left me yearning for Will Patten's voice. It made me book a flight home.

    It's on the top of my "recommended reading" list.

    6 of 6 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
    (27196)
    Performance
    (13818)
    Story
    (13864)

    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!"
    "Unexpected"
    Overall

    I did not expect to like this book and am usually gun shy of "best sellers." They rarely live up to my expectations. This book was a pleasing exception.

    I am a child of the not so 'gentile' South and a child of the 60's. I lived through intergration. My family did not have "Help" but Aibileen could have been my Grannie's best friend, "Aunt Rose," who loved me like I was one of her own and prayed for me until the day she died. Thank you for reminding me of the best and the worst of my Southern roots.

    I could not wait for the end of this book, and hated to come to the end. That is my hallmark for a "must read".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finn: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Clinch
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Author Jon Clinch makes his debut with this extraordinary novel that tackles issues of race, slavery, and paternity while delivering a fully fleshed rendering of one of the most notorious characters in the history of American literature: Huckleberry Finn's father. It was more than a century ago that Mark Twain left the notoriously violent Finn dead, surrounded by such oddities as a wooden leg and women's undergarments. As we get to know this troubled man, we meet the people who shape Finn's life.

    Michael says: "Fantastic"
    "Revolting"
    Overall

    I must have read a different book than most of this volume's reviewers. After three faltering starts, I forced myself to finish, hoping I would discover the book that caused other reviewers to proclaim it "excellent." The author has offered up in Pap Finn, a psychopathic personality that is beyond redemption. So is the book. Skip it. You'll be glad you did. "I know it."

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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