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  • Life Itself: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Ebert
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (307)

    Roger Ebert is the best-known film critic of our time. He has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on television for four decades, including twenty-three years as cohost of Siskel & Ebert at the Movies. In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment resulted in the loss of his ability to eat, drink, or speak. But with the loss of his voice, Ebert has only become a more prolific and influential writer.

    loix says: "mixed feelings"
    "Surprisingly funny, poignant and beautiful."
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    If you could sum up Life Itself in three words, what would they be?

    A must read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life Itself?

    I cannot pull one thing out. It was all memorable. Roger Ebert expresses so many emotions that I believe we all feel, but cannot speak of. The humility and tenderness of his self observation, his downfalls, his successes, all revealed to me a man I really didn't know anything about, though I watched him on TV for years. He is so much more than a movie critic. And he has found peace and joy even in his tragedies. I recommend this highly to everyone, as I can not imagine a person who would not be moved.


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

    Oh, there were so many. I'm going to listen again.


    Any additional comments?

    Roger Ebert is truly a bright star of a person, one so needed in this world today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flabbergasted: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ray Blackston
    • Narrated By Andrew Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (12)

    Churches outnumber bars 20 to 1 in Greenville, South Carolina, so that's where new-in-town stock broker Jay Jarvis sets out to meet women. New in town, young and successful, Jay figures the best way to meet girls is to sit in a pew! What he finds is a beautiful, unusual missionary with a wild throwing arm and a warped sense of humor. She and her wacky assortment of friends turn Jay's perceptions of life upside down, beginning a roller-coaster ride of events.

    Tonya says: "Loved it!"
    "Great Narrator, entertaining Christian propaganda"
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    What did you love best about Flabbergasted?

    The narrator is spectacular.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ray Blackston before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't heard any others.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know


    Who was the most memorable character of Flabbergasted and why?

    Darcey with the lime green cadillac and rabbit's foot key chain is one, and Maurice.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish this had been catagorized as a Christian book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rascal: A Dog and His Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ken Wells
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Rascal may be the happiest beagle ever to live. He used to live on Voclain's Farm, with its whole jambalaya of dogs, but now he lives with his very own boy, Meely. Together they explore the Louisiana bayou, bunny chasin', coon and squirrel huntin', and crawfishin'. But when Meely gets stuck on a rotting bridge deep in the bayou, it's up to Rascal - with a little help from his old friends at the farm - to save his boy from danger.

    Linda says: "DELIGHTFUL, UNIQUE, FUNNY FOR THE KID IN ALL OF US"
    "DELIGHTFUL, UNIQUE, FUNNY FOR THE KID IN ALL OF US"
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    Where does Rascal: A Dog and His Boy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is all from the dog (Rascal)'s point of view. Sort of like "Babe" movies, where all the dogs, cats, etc. talk to each other and try to get through to the people (two legs).


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I loved the voices. At the beginning, Rascal is a young pup and the voice is a little southern boy. As Rascal ages, Hill aged his voice and inflection. He did a great job.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to or read books constantly, some being very serious or adult type fiction, some are non-fiction. This was a welcomed refreshing change. I loved the whole book. I will listen to it again. It is for all ages, and especially for animal lovers, and those of us who feel our pets think like people (I know they do, but that's just my opinion). Rascal's innocense and honesty is moving, and again, the voice is perfect for a young southern puppy. I also loved how the life of the animals is mixed in with the life of all the people around them, and showed how dogs miss their "two leggeds" and how animals help people and we sometimes don't know it. Take a chance on this one. It's like a Shrek movie after a month of documentaries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northern Lights

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Gary Littman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (799)

    Lunacy was Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he'd watched his partner die on the street - and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as chief of police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first few weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But that's about to change.

    Michele says: "Makes you want to see Alaska for yourself"
    "Predictable"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes linear and shallow romance novels with a dull edge.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything NOT by Nora Roberts


    Have you listened to any of Gary Littman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I liked his voice. He did a good job. It was the text that riled me.


    What character would you cut from Northern Lights?

    I liked Nate, the one telling the story. It was the cheap stereotypical small town women that I found disgusting. I like most stories about Alaska, fiction or non-fiction. I could have kept listening if not for those slutty women. I don't think Nora did her research. I live in an isolated small town in Wy, and have never met a woman like that here, and per my reading, they aren't in Alaska either. Those kind of women are usually in big cities at cheap corner bars.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a waste of money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2716)
    Performance
    (1542)
    Story
    (1546)

    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"
    "Great story of overcoming"
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    Where does The Power of One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 4


    What other book might you compare The Power of One to and why?

    Matthew Flinder's cat, because both books are about lonliness, harsh life, and overcoming. Both have characters that meet, then part, then wind around to helping each other magically.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    I love his voice and inflections, and his accent. I could listen to him all day (and sometimes I do!)


    If you could take any character from The Power of One out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Doc for sure. I never knew my grandfathers, so this relationship (though they really weren't related) touched me deeply. Doc looked to nature for answers, loved living things, and had compassion for those less fortunate. He didn't judge anyone, and was the best teacher that arrived when PK needed him the most. I feel that PK would have gone a totally different direction if not for Doc. But I would also want Heil Pete (sp) to be with us too.


    Any additional comments?

    I first saw the movie, then read the book years ago. I recently listened to it and the story is still wonderful and touching. This is one I will, for sure, read over and over in my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Flinder's Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond.

    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH says: "Extraordinary Story"
    "A wonderful story, as usual, from Mr. Courtenay"
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    If you could sum up Matthew Flinder's Cat in three words, what would they be?

    Unique, poignant, happy ending


    What other book might you compare Matthew Flinder's Cat to and why?

    I cannot compare this book to any other book except those by Bryce Courtenay.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Humphrey Bower is my favorite narrator.


    Who was the most memorable character of Matthew Flinder's Cat and why?

    Ryan, the little boy. I identified with him mostly because of my past, and also because I have experienced young kids in my adult life that were exceptional, yet were in a terrible situation. Like Billy, they changed my life, and I was willing to give up things to help them.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never read or heard a Bryce Courtenay book that I didn't like. I plan to read them all. This one, as with all of them, gave me the feeling of going to another continent, to experience a different way of speaking. The intricate sub-stories are easy to follow and all the pieces are knitted together meticulously for the grand ending. Characters are strong. When I completed this book, I felt a bit sad that it was over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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