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Jason

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  • Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    News of the sudden death of his childhood friend compels Jono Riley, an aging bartender and part-time actor, to return for a few days to the place where he grew up, the working-class neighborhoods of East Providence, Rhode Island. Author McLarty weaves the story of Jono's return with that of his coming-of-age in the early 1960s, including the story of some mysterious shootings.

    Suzn F says: "AOK Book"
    "Really like McLarty's style."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend "Memory of Running" first.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ron McLarty? Why or why not?

    Yes. I've read two so far and really like his style. I always feel that he is truthful and honest and willing to share his vulnerabilities as well as his characters. I'd say that he finds nobility in the common life.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    Ron's performances are sincere and subtle. They gently invite you into the character's world.


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

    Hmm... probably Bobby.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2491)
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    (1073)
    Story
    (1079)

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    "Brilliance"
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    Where does Mere Christianity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have enjoyed so, so many books on audible and am looking forward to so many more. That being said, C.S.'s books rank not just among the enjoyable, but among the necessary.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    What I love so much about C.S. Lewis's approach to further learning of Christianity, is that he holds strongly to the belief that approaching Christianity does not mean that we must lessen our intellect. In fact, in "Mere Christianity", C.S. challenges us to move to a deeper level of understanding of our faith and to learn and grow our intellect of all matters to the best of our ability.


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

    We find answers by knowingly searching the truth in our options.


    Any additional comments?

    C.S. Lewis is truly a brilliant writer. It would be difficult to walk away from his works without gaining productive knowledge.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Flannery O’Connor
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (134)

    This now classic book revealed Flannery O’Connor as one of the most original and provocative writers to emerge from the South. Her apocalyptic vision of life is expressed through grotesque, often comic situations in which the principal character faces a problem of salvation: the grandmother, in the title story, confronting the murderous Misfit; a neglected four-year-old boy looking for the Kingdom of Christ in the fast-flowing waters of the river; General Sash, about to meet the final enemy.

    Darwin8u says: "O'Connor's Words Shoot Me Every Minute of my Life"
    ""The truth doesn't change based on our...""
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    If you could sum up A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories in three words, what would they be?

    Unapologetic - Sobering - Beautiful


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

    Haven't listened to many of them, but absolutely loved this one!


    Any additional comments?

    Was just recently turned on to Flannery O'Connor and love what I've read so far. Her approach and messages are hard-driving and beautiful at the same time. Excited to read more of her work!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2800)
    Performance
    (2403)
    Story
    (2413)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Love Kate Morton's Style"
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    What did you love best about The Secret Keeper?

    I love the author's execution of multiple timelines and the haunting undertones she has throughout her stories.


    What other book might you compare The Secret Keeper to and why?

    Though a very different story, "The Secret Keeper" might be talked about in the same conversation as "The Forgotten Garden" because of the format.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably read anything that Kate Morton writes. If you are new to her writing, I would start with "The Forgotten Garden" and "The House at Riverton". Read these two first and there will be a good chance that you'll hop on board with her future stories. Great author, beautiful writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2823)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1013)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Just a really great book!"
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    What did you love best about The Memory of Running?

    I loved Smithy, such an unusual lead character. His journey was so sincere and honest and real. I didn't feel the need for certain "things" to happen- once I was by Smithy's side, I was simply along for the ride.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Smithy- although many of the characters came off the page for me on this one.


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

    Yes. This was in-line with the others that I've heard from him. He's so gentle in his delivery. He is very inviting and doesn't try to convince you to come into the story- you just want to.


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

    Plan all you want... but it's the unknown distances that give meaning and purpose to our journeys.


    Any additional comments?

    More please Ron :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City When It Rains

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Thomas H. Cook
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    On a rainy night in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen, a woman throws a doll from the fifth-floor window of a gutted tenement, then leaps herself. From his own apartment a few blocks away, freelance photographer David Corman listens to the radio reports as they come over his headset. Corman is a man at the edge, threatened with eviction, besieged by his wife’s attempt to regain custody of their daughter, yet reluctant to give up the life that permits him to roam the night. In the woman’s dying fall, he sees the chance to sell a story....

    Elbara says: "Disappointing and irritating."
    "Entertaining read! Thought provoking for fathers."
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    What did you love best about The City When It Rains?

    I greatly enjoyed the mystery and atmosphere of the story, but what hit home with me most was the challenges some of the character faced as fathers.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I didn't feel a huge sense of urgency, but I did stay interested in what was coming next.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    Probably David, the Main Character


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

    In the dark, wet corners of the rainy New York City night, a freelance photographer follows the twisted path of a disturbing mystery while battling his own challenges as a father.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read! Thank you Mr. Cook and thank you Mr. Bray.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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