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Kathryn Atkins

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Southern California | Member Since 2011

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  • The Pearl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Hector Elizondo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    In this short book illuminated by a deep understanding and love of humanity, John Steinbeck retells an old Mexican folk tale: the story of the great pearl, how it was found, and how it was lost. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to the tragedy. For Steinbeck, Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence of people who believe that wealth erases all problems.

    Chris Baldwin says: "Extremely poignant; incredible listen."
    "Short and Powerful"
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    Where does The Pearl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Steinbeck's words brought me to the scene, let me walk in his characters' shoes, helped me understand love, hate, anger (no make that rage), and the timelessness and humanity in all of them. Elizondo's narration added to the poignancy. I'd put this as one of my favorites.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (88)

    The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Gareth says: "Fascinating! Awesome book"
    "Great Experience"
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    If you could sum up Fall of Giants in three words, what would they be?

    A long book, this Follett tome never lags. The story leaves us wanting more. The performer, Dan Stevens, manages to keep us engaged through it all, an amazing credit to his style and voice(s), which are varied, character correct, and entertaining.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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