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David Powell

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  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (1384)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (808)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Stunning and Harsh"
    Overall

    The title says it all. If you think we have had it bad in the recent financial crisis, you will have a different perspective after reading The Worst Hard Time. Real immigrants, new Americans, trying desparately to make a living on open land with soil that had never been plowed. Other Americans feeding fantasies and getting rich off of the new immigrants. The result is the Dust Bowl and absolute misery. A very well told story. A very painful story. Egan does a masterful job. Who needs the trumas created in fiction when reality is much more compelling?

    I've always heard of the Dust Bowl but always downplayed its impact. How bad could it have been? The Worst Hard Time forces you to feel the trauma, the misery and yes, even the blizzards of soil totally encompassing and isolating you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Finer End: A Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Two spellbinding mysteries, one contemporary, and one ancient - that will challenge Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James as no case ever has. Glastonbury is a town revered as the mythical burial place of King Arthur, and, according to New Age followers, a source of strong Druid power. Something terrible and bloody shattered Glastonbury Abbey's peace long ago - and now it is about to spark a violence that will reach forward into the present.

    Deborah Stein says: "Great to hear the early times in this pair"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Way too much time spent on a diversion into an incredible story of monks and an abbey in the 12th century. The incredulity goes over the top when a current day person develops the ability to,while in a daze, write statements in Latin which are communicated by a 12th century monk .And it just so happens that the current day transcriber is a cousin of Kincade. So very late in the story Kincaid and Gemma are finally brought in. The story could stand on it's own without the reader having to wade painfully through 800 +years.

    Narrator was good as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreaming of the Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (135)

    Often compared to both Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, Deborah Crombie is internationally acclaimed for her deftly written mysteries that combine suspense, with lyrical prose. Sharply etched characters further enrich this story of tangled relationships and dark secrets. Twelve years after their divorce, Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid receives a phone call from his ex-wife Victoria asking for his help.

    Rollin says: "A subtle british procedural"
    "Great story, Solid and Compelling"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. Great story, well developed characters, I have read some of her works. This is the best read so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreaming of the Bones?

    I was in university at the same time as many of these characters. The author aptly described the behavioral environment and how we struggled to live within it.


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

    solid presentation as always


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

    Kit's pain is palpable.


    Any additional comments?

    The book stood significantly about many books that I have recently read. See for yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sound of Broken Glass: A James and Kincaid Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Deborah Crombie
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    In the past... On a blisteringly hot August afternoon in Crystal Palace, once home to the tragically destroyed Great Exhibition, a solitary 13-year-old boy meets his next-door neighbor, a recently widowed young teacher hoping to make a new start in the tight-knit South London community. Drawn together by loneliness, the unlikely pair forms a deep connection that ends in a shattering act of betrayal. In the present... On a cold January morning in London, Detective Inspector Gemma James is back on the job....

    Kathi says: "Excellent addition to a consistently good series"
    "Solid, not stunning"
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    Performance
    Story

    good story with good twists. I struggle to get into each of the books in this series but perseverance is rewarded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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