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  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5787)
    Performance
    (3720)
    Story
    (3732)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "5 out of 3000"
    Overall

    I have over 3000 audiobooks in two accounts - and have listened to them all - even when I should have stopped. The Art of Racing in the Rain is without question one of the five best.

    75 of 80 people found this review helpful
  • Run, Brother, Run: A Memoir of a Murder in My Family

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Berg
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Alan Berg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    As William Faulkner said, “The past is not dead, it’s not even past.” This observation seems especially true in matters of family, when the fury between generations is often never resolved and instead secretly carried, a wound that cannot heal. For David Berg, this is truer than for most, and once you listen to the story of his family, you will understand why he held it privately for so long and why the betrayals between parent and child can be the most wrenching of all.

    Roger says: "Top Ten ouf of 7,000"
    "Top Ten ouf of 7,000"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Run, Brother, Run to be better than the print version?

    Is is read by a member of the family.


    What did you like best about this story?

    David Berg is one of the best attorneys in American history. From being the youngest attorney to win at the U.S. Supreme Court to battling the Texas trial of the Century in Wyatt v. Sakowitz his career is a never ending trail of unlikely victories. This book is the ultimate inside story on how a poor Jewish kid in 1970 redneck Houston, Texas can survive a grossly dysfunctional family, murder of his best friend (and brother), and countless other challenges to emerge as one of the wealthiest and most respected trial lawyers in the world.

    Berg is now in his late 60s - a time where all of us realize that the sand of the hour glass is running very fast. He not only makes peace with his brother, he makes peace with himself and the other members of his family.

    I have seven thousand books in two audible libraries (since I gave up years ago on getting any assistance in merging them). This is only the second that has demanded that I stop (from my own bizarre schedule) to write a review.

    This is one of the ten best books available on Audible. In its own way worthy of East of Eden, Water for Elephants, Lonesome Dove, and my other personal favorites.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    David's watching Percy Foreman beat the dumbass prosecutor so badly at his brother's murder trial that he (David) would have voted to acquit - based on common law marriage rules of testimony.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.


    Any additional comments?

    I assume that it was David's son who did the audio. Look out Scott Brick.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (752)

    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

    Amanda says: "Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans"
    "Together or Apart-Preston and Child are Brilliant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Lincoln Child has done his usual brilliant job of research. The education gained on archaeology and Egypt alone are worth the price of the book.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    My son has recently left for the Peace Corps in Uganda. This is a priceless insight into the Sudd.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Child, with or without Preston is a master of dialogue.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I have every Preston, Child, or Preston/Child book in my library. This is in the top five.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • White Butterfly: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Stanley Bennett Clay
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Easy Rawlins, who "might be the best American character to appear in quite some time," is called in by the LAPD to assist in the hunt for a serial killer. In 1950s Los Angeles, Easy can go where the cops cannot, so he sets out on a dangerous odyssey that leads to a startling and heartbreaking conclusion - and in so doing, jeopardizes his marriage and his life.

    Roger says: "White Butterfly"
    "White Butterfly"
    Overall

    Audiobooks have become my sole source of relaxation, and I have accumulated well over 100 works in my Audible library. Many of the titles were great, almost all were at least good. This is the first time that a review was required. White Butterfly is much more than just a great story. It is psychologically on a par with East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and the best single insight for a white man trying to understand what it is like to be a black man that I have ever encountered. The genius of this book lies in passing comments and observations, e.g. Easy lies in a jail cell and understands that police can drag you out of your home for little or no reason. You can be imprisoned and killed with only a sloppily dressed public defender who doesn't know your name standing between you and "justice." As an attorney who provides pro bono representation for the poor I was mesmerized that an author could verbalize so masterfully the unimaginable reality of many African-Americans. Although the story is set in the 1950s, nothing has changed here in the "New South" of 2004. My finding Mr. Mosley was the result of a wee hours search for something new. Imagine my joy upon finding a long list of other works by This Author. In 50 years I have been humbled by two authors. My Mosley is the second. John Steinbeck was the first. If you have a social conscience and curiosity, don't miss this one.

    59 of 61 people found this review helpful

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