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  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Pillar of my enjoyment!"

    I have loved this audio book! I had downloaded it just before I needed to leave to assist a friend who climbed onto the health recovery wagon. This book on my iPod has been my breaks and my refuge. For me, this book is very well read/acted. PILLARS has gone on for such a wonderfully long time that I now must follow it up with "World Without End" to keep the the enjoyment going for another 45+ hours! Hint: Listen closely to the beginning as the characters and their relationships are set up! Enjoy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "From the field and the flock to our tables! SMART!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Omnivore's Dilemma to be better than the print version?

    Michael Pollan is brilliant. Listening is more convenient for me plus I enjoy the aspect of live theater over my headphones~~ if you have a good reader. Scott Brick does a fine job. Watch Michael Pollan speaking on a YouTube clip and you will immediately understand that this man is exceptional. He courageously takes on the journey of our food in the form of the history of wheat to, and I could NOT do this- engaging himself thru the entire process of getting that chicken on your plate: the whole disgusting process. His writing saves us all and it is WELL worth the journey. I will listen to his other books. I trust his integrity in his choice of expression- no matter what. If he can question, interview and wade in it, I most certainly have the heart to be enlightened by his process. Thanks, Michael Pollan!

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Mr Pollan's research is stunning. His expression of his findings is poetic no matter what the subject being covered. I, frankly, was not sure that I could actually make it from jacket cover to epilogue as I knew some of what was going to covered. This book was only brilliant.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Joel Salatin is a mid-western farmer. Michael Pollan included Mr Salatin's WHOLE agricultural process in a way that was engaging. Sustainability is a possibility. Proven here.

    Any additional comments?

    It is a great challenge to have the courage to look at the history of what is on our dinner plate or breakfast menu. We are so disconnected from the process of what we eat and where it comes from that it confronting the actual subject of Holistic Nutrition seems very daunting. We are disconnected from the awareness that there are more neurons in our brain than stars in the universe and the miracle that we are as physical bodies is a REAL MIRACLE. Let this book assist you by being an extraordinary 'listen' as an invitation to feel your heartbeat and breath!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miracles Every Day: The Story of One Physician's Inspiring Faith and the Healing Power of Prayer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maura Poston Zagrans
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Zagrans brings to light the amazing story of a devout Catholic physician, Dr. Issam Nemeh, who has prayed over tens of thousands of people, leading to miraculous physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

    Z'Oma says: "Truly inspiring & well done~"
    "Truly inspiring & well done~"
    Where does Miracles Every Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    What added to this book so much for me was that it was NOT a performance by the narrator. On the contrary, Ms. Mazur 'got out of the way' and was a vehicle for the story being shared. I loved the book because the PRESENCE of Dr. Nemeh's relationship with God and the Holy Spirit was what filled me with each listening and to this moment.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that Dr. Nemeh has the courage to authentically LIVE his relationship with God with no apologies, compromises or shyness. This takes great courage to know in your heart what Dr. Nemeh knows and shares it so generously and selflessly. He lives the 'leap of faith' refered to often. He life expands what's possible in my world. I so appreciated having the information to send a prayer request to him and he will pray over it. I am a caregiver and have claimed Dr. Nemeh as my partner with the folks that I love, care for and pray for each day.

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

    I will be happy to relisten to this book many times. I look forward to a long road trip! I listened to this book while preparing food for the gentleman that I care for so that Dr. Nemeh and his wife, Kathy, would lend their love and care into each of my small actions for a blessing. When I started with my gentleman, the doctor wanted to protect my heart because she was sure that he would die shortly. NOT SO! He now can drive, go out on errands & with friends. Each little battle won may just win the war!

    Any additional comments?

    Open your heart and allow Dr. Nemeh's faith to inspire and enrich you. Only our MIND has the corner on IF's, AND's or BUT's so let this book open new possibilities and be a vehicle for extending your reach in the world. Suspend your belief's for a few hours and 'pretend' that everything you hear has the power to infuse YOUR life with great love~ It has been working for me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "I love Bryce Courtenay but this book...."

    LOVE Bryce Courtenay's work; adore Humphrey Bower's delivery (1/2 the reason to get a book to try out! Fantastic theatre!) I am listening to this book after FOUR FIRE'S (which I loved) and it seems that this book has a similar story line, character's and not enough dialogue. I am 4 hrs into the 1st part and am considering shelving it for a year or so. I am bored. Please understand that I have read/listened to 7 books which might be a factor. My favorite is the Australian Trilogy.
    May find another Humphry Bower tho!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "...and it went on forever"

    I realized at some point that the author had lived this story, checked Google et voila! is true. Since I do so enjoy long, well done books, I jumped at this because of my favorite (Bryce Coutenay's books) reader, Humphrey Bower. Couldn't figure out what was NOT working for me in this long saga. The skill of the reader/performer IS the critical element. What I found was that Mr. Bower's voice was just too elegant for much of the narrative; his character voices were, as always, absolutely wonderful.
    This is a very long book. Although my opinion about the book itself is irrelevant, I would have appreciated this book done in 2 parts. The first part up until Prabhu's death and the period after that. I would have happily purchased that 2nd part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Love Simon Vance's reading/acting of this book!"

    A stroke of genius to have Simon Vance read this book. Superb. This complex tale is one that you just need to grit your teeth a bit to get into. Best best: make a list ( or get from someplace) a list of the character names and relationships. The Swedish language is like a (sorry, kids) a tasty mouth full of pudding with raisins. Between the character names and the place names,'s a lot.
    I loved the first book and am part way thru this one and am enjoying it. The tough scene's around sex/torture pass. Relax. (yes, could have done with fewer ~ but who am I going to complain to?)
    Vance is just fantastic. Another great book on tape: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, read/performed by renown Humphrey Bowers. Excellent + Potato Factory series. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "Boring and a disappointment"

    Just finished Simon Vance performing Steig Larsson's Trilogy so I am really spoiled. I admit it. Before that: Humphrey Bower's reading Bryce Courtenay 'Power of One' and 'Potato' trilogy. More great reading of excellent material.
    What was I thinking? Hard to tell if the reader is just dull or if the writing is so shallow, formulaic and uninspired that the reader is doing the best possible with pulp. Can't believe i spent credits on this!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Horovitch

    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

    Marcus Vorwaller says: "Beautiful story, amazing narration"
    "Tolstoy's writing is stunning"

    You must be a fan of a 'period piece' to really understand and follow Tolstoy. His writing is some of the most remarkable I have ever 'read'. I am awed by it; brilliant. I probably would never survive the printed page tho - too slow and too cumbersome for me in that form. Being able to listen and have my attention absorbed by the EXCELLENT narration is captivating.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    MATTHEW says: "You have got to be kidding"
    "Well read but I enjoyed the 'read' more."

    I LOVED the book and couldn't put it down all those years ago. The reader for this book is really good- how does he do it?
    However: I am very bored listening to this book. I want it to be OVER. It is too long when read for hours on a driving trip even. Slow moving when taken in large doses.
    Complaint: it would help it whatever chapter I am in shows on the MP3 upper left rather than the mechanical copying designation. If, somehow, your MP3/ipod skips- you are SO lost because the dialogue is so slow.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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