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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3810)
    Performance
    (3378)
    Story
    (3397)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "couldnt put it down..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) to be better than the print version?

    the reading made what was already a great story - amazing. Was sorry when it ended. Would reccommend it to anyone who loves to imagine what what happen if everything was exactly as it seems.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator and supporting cast really made the story.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I am always surprised when a really good crew can give that extra layer that you cant get from a book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If it was the only game in town....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (357)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    Susie says: "New favorite!"
    "A history lesson with a twist."
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    Found it a little hard to warm up to the central character at first - but she grew on me. loved the background on the WASP unit from WWII

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler's Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Andrews
    • Narrated By Andy Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    This modern morality tale by gifted writer and speaker Andy Andrews teaches seven fundamental strategies for creating a successful life. Much like the best-selling books by Og Mandino, this unique narrative is a blend of entertaining fiction, allegory, and inspiration. Storyteller Andy Andrews gives a front-row seat for one man's journey of a lifetime. David Ponder has lost his job and the will to live.

    Georgia says: "Little Heavy Handed but still an uplifting read"
    "The 5 people you meet in Heaven go on a road trip."
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    Cute premise - but a little heavy handed and didn't ring true for this quiet Canuck.
    Perhaps it will capture the heart of an American reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Okay for Now

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gary D. Schmidt
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    As a 14-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him. So begins a coming-of-age masterwork full of equal parts comedy and tragedy from Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt. As Doug struggles to be more than the skinny thug that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, a fiery young lady who smelled like daisies would smell if they were growing in a big field under a clearing sky after a rain.

    susan says: "Life is good even when its not..."
    "Life is good even when its not..."
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    Loved Schmidt's book Wednesday's Wars and was not disappointed in this book which continues the life of the main character's best friend.

    Book is intended for teens - but crosses the adult divide and makes for a nice lite listen. Lincoln is a great reader and perfect match for the central character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal - and How Nearly Dying Saved My LIfe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kevin Sorbo
    • Narrated By Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    On television, as the star of the popular Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Kevin Sorbo portrayed an invincible demi god. He relished living the part—putting in 14-hour days on set, doing his own stunts, and relentlessly working out at the gym. Until one day it all came to an abrupt end. Now, for the first time, Sorbo shares what viewers didn’t know: he suffered three strokes from an aneurysm in his shoulder and was left partially blind and entirely incapacitated at just 38 years old.

    Patricia says: "Easy Listening"
    "Not your average book."
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    Kevin told the story in a very unassuming way that made the impact of what happened to him even more powerful: going from a grinding high pressure success journey to zero in a matter of hours.
    ..and then detailing the love that helped him come to terms with all that followed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Color of Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Jennifer O'Donnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (189)

    A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter's unexpected illness and her husband's shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold, dark depths of the water a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie's past, and teaches her what it means to truly live...and love.

    James says: "Heartbreaking and Hopeful"
    "Is it real or is it Memorex?"
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    May have dated myself with the Headline :) but loved the story and how it made you examine the things you take for granted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (681)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "A unique book by a unique individual.."
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    Loved the book. It gave a great perspective to a world I will never know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (632)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "A story of honor and survival"
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    While the book was really a history lesson on the German Airforce during WWII thru the eyes of an ace pilot - the second part of the story - saving a bomber was a nice bonus.
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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Homesman: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glendon Swarthout
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A "homesman" must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy - ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful.

    Kathi says: "Tribute to the sacrifices of pioneer women"
    "An interesting history lesson.."
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    Bought this book around the same time as "letters from a woman homesteader". Interesting to compare the women that flourished in the hardship and loneliness and those who needed a gentler world.
    A sad book and cant say I warmed up to the hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (291)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "Love in a world I wish no one knew..."
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    What a powerful book. Los Angles gangs wars..it seems like a loosing battle. Yet here is one man who pulls a neighborhood together and chooses to face the odds and love those the world has deemed unlovable. Reading this book was a humbling experience and made me question my own values when I go thru union station each morning and see those the city has thrown away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remaining: Refugees

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By D. J. Molles
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (648)

    He has fought the fight, and run the race. But the enemies never stop coming, and the race has no finish line. It has been three months since Captain Lee Harden found the survivors at Camp Ryder. With winter looming, Lee is on the verge of establishing Camp Ryder as a hub of safety and stability in the region. But not everyone agrees with Lee’s mission... or his methods.

    Amanda says: "HORRIFYING ZOMBIE BOOK"
    "Zombies versus America continues...."
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    Confess, I am hooked on the series and love the characters and storyline.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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