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  • Whitethorn Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann's Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann's for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers.

    Claire says: "Not up to par for Binchy"
    "Good Story"

    I admit I did start it over after the 1st hour or so just to get a fix on the characters. I really enjoyed it. It was a lot of stories rolled into one. It was funny, sometimes sad and even thought provoking at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

    Brodie says: "On the Day we lost Bryce"
    "Sadly not Courtenay's finest"
    Would you listen to Jack of Diamonds again? Why?

    My favorite author and of course I would read anything he wrote.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part is the ending. His stories never leave you hanging, even the ones with sequels.

    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Humphrey bowers is me favorite reader. He's perfect. He can switch back and forth from male to female and do so many accent perfectly. I'm always amazed at his southern accent which no body can get right. You never get the chara ters mixed up because every one will have a different voice. I could listen to him read anything.

    Who was the most memorable character of Jack of Diamonds and why?

    The parrot. Just kidding. Jack. The story is about Jack.

    Any additional comments?

    I rolled my eyes more than once and sadly though that it would be the last of his I'd listen to. I thought it was his same old storie in different clothes. Imagine how bad I felt when I found out it WAS the last one I would listen to! I'm so sad he died. Still, dont let this be your first Courtenay's book. Go with The Power of One or the Potato Factory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Don't miss this one"

    What a good book! What a story! It was so well told. I learned quite a bit from it, too. I liked how she finished the book, too. She tells you "the rest of the story". There's never a dull moment. You'll love the good guys and hate the villians.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Whistling Season

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan

    When a widowed rancher hires a housekeeper to help with his three young sons, he finds her to be cheerful and competent. Yet she is concealing a colorful and infamous past. Filled with humor and hardship, this novel sings with what the author calls "a poetry of the vernacular". A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.

    Rick Just says: "Wordplay"
    "NOT a pity party"

    How refreshing to listen to a good story about a family that's no disfunctional. I enjoyed the book very much. They characters were engaging, the reading was good. A few good laughs and a little mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing of Crazy Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Thomas Powers
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He was the most feared and loathed Indian of his time, earning his reputation in surprise victories against the troops of Generals Crook and Custer at the Rosebud and Little Bighorn. Despite his enduring reputation, he has remained an enigma (even the whereabouts of his burial place are unknown, and no portrait or photograph of him exists). Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Powers brings Crazy Horse to life in this vivid work of American history.

    Abraca says: "Boring"
    "Dry and boring"

    Don't buy this book if you are looking for a story. There is no story. I couldn't even finish the first part. Just beware.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"

    The subject matter isn't my cup of tea (family issues) but it moved along nicely and was well read. I liked the characters and it had a good ending and I wasn't sorry to see it end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    Sara says: "A Surprising Treat!"

    This was a greatly intertaining book. I was instantly engaged. I loved the characters and the outcome. Even had a little twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Teahouse Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ellis Avery
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The fates of two women, one American, one Japanese, become entwined in this sweeping novel of 19th century Japan on the cusp of radical change and Westernization. The Japanese tea ceremony, steeped in ritual, is at the heart of this story of an American girl adopted by Kyoto's most important tea master and raised as attendant and surrogate younger sister to his privileged daughter, Yukako.

    Pamela says: "Captivating"

    I enjoyed this book and it was a good history of Japan in the 1900s. It had a good ending and the characters were engaging. Excellent reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Michael Cox says: "Less about the arrival more about the ride"
    "Long, boring and never went anywhere"

    I struggled to finish this one. First all the characters sounded English. The Dutch, the Japanese (sometimes they had a little accent). Oh, the Prusian did sound Prusian but that was it. Part 1 I couldn't even see a story. Part 2 I started to follow it. I thought, ok, a nice little love story, but that ended and Part 2 embarked on a different stoy that also went nowhere. Then it wraps up in the last 2-5 minutes and not very satifactory.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sins of the Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Susan Howatch
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield

    In Sins of the Fathers, Susan Howatch takes the reader into the world of the very rich, a family divided from generation to generation by a great fortune and the consequences of a terrible secret that lies at the very heart of their wealth.

    Patricia says: "Interesting"
    "soap opera"

    I listened to this one immediately after The Rich are Different. The first thing I didn't like was there was a different reader. Both readers were good but I never recovered completely from the change. Also, Cornelius sounded like the "godfather" and I never got used to it. I was disapointed than most of the characters didn't follow on although you do find out what happened to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fire by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Christina Moore

    Two-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin is hailed for her inspiring historical novels. As in Candle in the Darkness Austin transports us back to the turbulence of the Civil War.

    Patricia says: "You could listen to this book over and over!"
    "More inspirational than historical"

    Be prepared for it being a little on the syrupy side especially in the last part. The most interesting part was about a woman serving in the army.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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