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Daryl

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  • The Glorious Cause: A Novel of the American Revolution

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Barry Bostwick
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Shaara's sequel to Rise to Rebellion is told from the perspective of some of the most memorable characters in American history. "An epic saga...told with emotion, energy, and historical precision," raves Publishers Weekly. "This is vivid and compelling historical fiction, but also a primer on leadership and the arts of war and diplomacy. Shaara reaches new heights here, with a narrative that's impossible to put down."

    A User says: "Shaara's best"
    "A bit dry, but educational"
    Overall

    It was a bit too focused on the military moves of the great men, told in chronological order. It lacked some of the broader context or fascinating tidbits of great histories (maybe the unabridged has more). Still, it was more 'readable' than a textbook, for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Along Came a Spider

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Charles Turner
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (714)

    Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.

    Robert Randell says: "Extremely disappointing"
    "An unlikely story"
    Overall

    A somewhat entertaining tale, but not worth the effort to suspend my disbelief.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The View From Castle Rock: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alice Munro
    • Narrated By Liza Ross
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (0)

    On a clear day, you could see America from Edinburgh's Castle Rock - or so said Alice Munro's great-great-great-grandfather when he had had a drink. Then, in 1818, he left and sailed to the New World with his family. This is the story of those shepherds from the Ettrick Valley and their descendants. They were a Spartan lot: showing off was frowned upon, and fear was commonplace, at least for females. But opportunities present themselves for two strong-minded women in a ship's close quarters.

    Daryl says: "Where's the plot?"
    "Where's the plot?"
    Overall

    I found myself eager to finish this so I could start a book with more of a plot. I had hoped that Munro would invent more of one, but perhaps she did not want to stray too far from her actual family history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3100)
    Performance
    (2060)
    Story
    (2095)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "A great book, despite the racism"
    Overall

    I didn't expect to really like this, let alone sustain the length of it...but I found it enjoyable, thought-provoking, and educational. Of course, the racism is appalling, but it's a product of its time I suppose. Its length and the ending would not be my choice, but it is a powerful work about life in the south and the culture of politeness. Linda Stephens does a good job of the narration.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Roman Blood: A Mystery of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By Scott Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    In Rome, 80 B.C., on a warm spring morning, Gordianus the Finder receives a summons to the house of a then-unknown young advocate and orator, Cicero. Ambitious and brilliant, the 26-year-old Cicero is about to argue his first important case. His client is a wealthy farmer, one Sextus Roscius of the town of Ameria, who stands accused of the most unforgivable act in Ancient Rome: the murder of his father.

    Greg says: "good read/listen"
    "Pretty good"
    Overall

    My rating would be 7/10. I liked the flavour for the times - not so foreign to today. I would have liked a more gripping story, with a main character that was more interesting, less perfect. But it entertained.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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