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Mari

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  • Precious

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sapphire
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.

    J. S. says: "A True Dose of Reality . . ."
    "An Extraordinary Life"
    Overall

    This young lady is unique and extraordinary because all despicable behavior that humans can inflict, she experienced first hand. It took me awhile to listen to the book, because I could not stop crying. I thought my childhood was awful, this is the most awful case of child abuse,everyone has failed Precious. I am dumbfounded that Precious states in the last part of her book, "I don't hate no one". I really do not know if I could not hate after living thru abuse such as what she lived. She is truly a wonderful person.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Man from Beijing

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (183)

    January 2006. In the Swedish hamlet of Hesjvallen, nineteen people have been massacred. The only clue is a red ribbon found at the scene. Judge Birgitta Roslin has particular reason to be shocked: Her grandparents, the Andrns, are among the victims, and Birgitta soon learns that an Andrn family in Nevada has also been murdered. She then discovers the 19th-century diary of an Andrn ancestora gang master on the American transcontinental railwaythat describes brutal treatment of Chinese slave workers.

    Terry R. Mabry says: "The Man From Beijing is a keeper"
    "Very Good Listening"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening to this book. It was very good. Once again, it was adventurous, some historical content, and just all around enjoyable. I learned about a people who were not treated the best upon entering this country. In fact they were not treated to well in there country. It was interesting to learn their perspective about our customs and culture. I really enjoyed the book and have listened to it two times already.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3296)
    Performance
    (1633)
    Story
    (1633)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Extremely Well Written"
    Overall

    This book was written very well. The characters in the story are adventurous, lively, and real. The author reminded me of one of my favorite authors, John Steinback in that he did not miss a chance to explain in detail about geographical area, customs of the people, and his very much respect for the people. It was a humbling experience when I listened to this book. I felt as though I were on an adventure. I came away with knowledge about a people on the other side of the earth. I've listen to this book three times so far and will listen many more times to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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