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  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17064)
    Performance
    (15148)
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    (15105)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Enjoyed the ride"
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    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, Colorful, Dark


    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    Any book where someone goes back in time to change history.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The successful play production


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The loss of love. If you read it there are numerous interpretations of this.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun book to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4332)
    Performance
    (3075)
    Story
    (3098)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Do not read in the dark"
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    Where does It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would be number 2 all time, Sandwiched between The Passage by Justin Cronin at #1 and 11/22/63 by Stephen King.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It?

    The first chapter. It shocks you into understanding, this is going to be a freaky ride.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Weber – was your favorite?

    Pennywise the Clown, just down right scary.


    If you could take any character from It out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Like every guy that does this review, it would have to be Bev.


    Any additional comments?

    Long listen, but definitely worth the time. I read 11/22/63 before this book and it referenced Derry Maine. When I saw the town that It took place in was Derry Maine I just had to revisit the town and it was definitely worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1416)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (906)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Close the loop..."
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    Where does Solomon's Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a good listen, but unfortunately for Bryce Courtenay I have listened to Stephen King's It and The Passage by Justin Cronin, one (It) that is a down right masterpiece and The Passage which is probably one of the best books written in recent years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Solomon's Song?

    The end. I felt like Bryce Courtenay was on a deadline to finish and said, "Well Mate, I think that is just about all the time I have to write." There is not a finish to half of the story.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings Ben to life. Thank you for really bringing all of the characters through out the book to life, if you happen to see this.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it is easy to listen sporadically and still understand what is going on.


    Any additional comments?

    Ending left me wanting more. In truth, if I didn't know it was just a trilogy, I would have thought there was another book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1876)
    Performance
    (1252)
    Story
    (1253)

    Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

    Angie says: "Brillant Narration"
    "Best book of the trilogy"
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    What did you love best about Tommo and Hawk?

    The characters are vibrant and full of depth.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tommo and Hawk?

    There is a character that dies that you find yourself missing all the way through the third book of the trilogy.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Tommo. He is continually tormented by the mongrels, but he has a constant and continual internal battle with himself that drives the story line.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I did not cry, but numerous times I felt my heart sink as a could foresee the demise of some of the characters. In some cases it happened and in others it did not, but as mentioned before, one of the deaths was extremely sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This was definitely the most enjoyable of the trilogy, but all of the books are a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3249)
    Performance
    (2286)
    Story
    (2286)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Amazing Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Potato Factory to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but the narrator is very skilled he brings to life the full character of Ikey Solomon.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Ikey Solomon. The man is a down right scoundrel, but you find yourself rooting for him.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings to life all of the characters and really gives a voice to Ikey.


    If you could rename The Potato Factory, what would you call it?

    Salt on the Bread


    Any additional comments?

    This book and the later two in the trilogy are definitely worth the time to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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