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Carolyn Cole

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  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (265)

    Alexandra Fuller won worldwide attention, popular acclaim, and critical accolades for her memoir of her childhood in Africa, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. This engaging follow-up explores Fuller’s parents’ childhoods and charts the trajectories of their lives through all the British couple’s experiences in war-torn Africa. With the same sharply etched narrative that has earned the author such immense praise, Fuller expands on and offers new insights into her family’s remarkable trials and successes.

    Janet Tarasovic says: "Great by both ear and eye"
    "Great stories of an unusual life."
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    What did you love best about Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness?

    The narrator's voice and South African setting.


    What other book might you compare Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness to and why?

    Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight - also by Alexandra Fuller. This book has the same excellent storytelling and many of the same distinctive characters.


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato – was your favorite?

    The Mother - this book was written about Alexandra Fuller's flamboyant, unconventional, passionate and loving mother.


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

    Although I did not listen to it straight through, I could have. It is beautifully crafted, very compelling, and well-paced.


    Any additional comments?

    Alexandra Fuller is a writer of the first rank, and her reader, Bianca Amato, is exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down Among the Dead Men: A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michelle Williams, Keith McCarthy
    • Narrated By Liz Holliss
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Michelle Williams, an attractive young woman with close family ties and an active social life, describes her first extraordinary year in her unusual new job as a mortuary technician. It’s a year in which, with innate good humour, she encounters death at its most tragic, bizarre, and hilarious. Her tale, neither gruesome nor sad, is enlivened by a range of colourful and eccentric characters, from pathologists and coroners to hospital porters and undertakers, giving us a glimpse of life - and death - that few of us will ever experience.

    Bevely says: "Compelling"
    "Subtle, sensitive and personal account"
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    This is a sensitive account of a grim, but necessary job, told by a technician from her novice first days on the job through many years of service. Excellent narration and pace, with great stories in a small town UK setting. Well done. Great listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (175)

    Atlantic is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Spanning the ocean's story, from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and overfishing, Winchester's narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring.

    Andy says: "a whale of a book"
    "Excellent, as always, from Simon Winchester"
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    Simon Winchester has once again, researched in depth, and found a great theme. He has personalized it with his own experience, and turned in a superb performance!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5054)
    Performance
    (1754)
    Story
    (1743)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "A wild one, full of mystery & the dark side"
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    Grand story, well-written, about a man overcoming disastrous life events while entering a phase of his life that is dark, deadly and life-changing. The array of characters in this novel are memorable and well-drawn. This is another great one from Stephen King.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (529)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    krista says: "Atypical"
    "Fantastic story and performance"
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    As usual, Stephen King has delivered a fascinating, layered, compelling story. It's entirely character-driven and entirely unpredictable. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turn of Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alice LaPlante
    • Narrated By Jean Reed Bahle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    Told through the voice of a woman with a powerful intellect that is maddeningly slipping away, Turn of Mind is not only a suspenseful psychological thriller that pulses with intensity but also a brilliant portrayal of the fragility of consciousness and memory, and of a mind finally turning on itself.

    smith says: "Not bad"
    "Sad time of life - well done; hard to hear about"
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    This was very well done, but the topic, that of a woman who's mind is in and out of awareness, was difficult to deal with - hard to stay with - all too real. I felt sad throughout listening to this book. It was well-written and well-performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gift from the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    • Narrated By Claudette Colbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    In this inimitable, beloved classic - graceful, lucid, and lyrical - Anne Morrow Lindbergh shares her meditations on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude, and contentment as she set them down during a brief vacation by the sea. A mother of five, an acclaimed writer and a pioneering aviator, Lindbergh casts an unsentimental eye on the trappings of modernity that threaten to overwhelm us and helps readers find a space for contemplation and creativity within their own lives.

    Rebecca says: "A Treasure"
    "Excellent Reading of Poignant 1955 Essays"
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    This reading by Claudette Colbert of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's wonderful, small book of essays on the need for solitude, quietude and simplicity, and the dance of individuals as couples, is a quiet masterpiece.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Full Circle: A Pacific Journey with Michael Palin

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Following the hugely popular and successful Around the World in 80 Days and Pole to Pole, Michael Palin set off to meet another challenge: an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of the world's largest ocean, the Pacific.

    Jordyan C says: "Excellent, per usual"
    "Palin shares his eccentric journey. 5 stars!"
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    A very personal account of travel insights from an accomplished observer and "experiencer" of life. He is courageous and has the gusto to share, and paint it large. Bravo, Mr. Palin! I loved it. - Carolyn Cole, San Pablo California.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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