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FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Edward Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, it took tremendous perseverance. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate.

    D. Donohue says: "STUPENDOUS!"
    "Good historical biography"
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    I grew up in Seattle and didn't know anything about Curtis except having seen his photographs, it is always amazing what you find in your own backyard that they never even mentioned in school. What a dedicated person his was

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Barry Bostwick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (326)

    At 31, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At 29, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle.

    Shelly says: "Need tissues for this one"
    "A formula book that dragged on too long."
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    Sometimes I just need a simple romance to checkout of life's stressfulness, but I found this book very poorly done. I don't have high expectations when I chose these quick little romances, even at that it was bad and dragged on far too long. The story could have been summed up in a short story for a magazine.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Informationist: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (795)

    Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

    John C. says: "Strong premise & character descend into melodrama"
    "Great book for a road trip...."
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    before you know it you are there and you want to drive some more to finish it it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6223)
    Performance
    (5389)
    Story
    (5384)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "didn't like"
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    What would have made Beautiful Ruins better?

    didn't finish


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Wolf Hall


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    ?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    didn't finish, maybe they pulled it out of the bag at the end


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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