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J. W. Wright

Lynchburg, VA | Member Since 2005

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  • 7 ratings
  • 173 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2875)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1684)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Superb Reading"
    Overall

    Others have praised this praise-worthy novel. I wish to call attention to Humphrey Bower's reading. It really is superb. He captures a variety of accents and voices, and always with the right emotion. He pronounces words native to Zulu, Africaans, German, Latin and English without missing a beat. This triumph of a book deserved an equally good reader, and it got it in Bower.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6658)
    Performance
    (1972)
    Story
    (1989)

    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"
    "Destined to be a classic"
    Overall

    I found myself at turns weeping and laughing out loud while I went through my routine at the YMCA. This book tells multiple, intertwined stories that operate on multiple levels, laced with enough symbolism to keep a literature class busy for weeks, and to keep it on the must-read list for years to come. It is destined to be a classic. Hearing the author read it, with his pleasant accent and native pronunciation of Afghani words, was a major plus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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