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C. Blum

Queens , New York | Member Since 2011

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  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andrew Solomon
    • Narrated By Andrew Solomon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (238)

    A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender.

    C. Beaton says: "A Gripping Masterpiece"
    "Well written and researched!"
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    Would you listen to Far from the Tree again? Why?

    Maybe, if I needed to learn more about a particular group of people.


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

    Very deep book and it was not one to be listened to in one sitting--especially considering it is over a thousand pages long.


    Any additional comments?

    One can learn much from all of Solomon's research that he did in this book interviewing so many families.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born Again: What Really Happened to the White House Hatchet Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charles Colson
    • Narrated By Jon Gauger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    In the 1970s, against the backdrop of the explosive Watergate scandal, Charles Colson revealed the story of his own search for meaning during the tumultuous investigations that led to the collapse of the Nixon administration. A convicted former special counsel to the president, Colson paradoxically found new life - not with success and power, but while in national disgrace and serving a prison sentence.

    Cindy says: "Great Read"
    "Inspiring story of redemption and honesty"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. Not only is it great to learn about the history of our country, but it's the story of how one person's life has affected so many countless others for good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way Colson was a man of integrity and honesty and made the hard choices in life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is wonderful--and Colson was a man after God's own heart. I appreciate his honesty and the way he described how his life was when he was Nixon's advisor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (323)

    Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eluding the hired slave catchers. Aided by the underground railroad, Quakers, and others opposed to the Fugitive Slave Act, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada. As the Harrises flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family.

    Michael says: "excellent narrator"
    "Must read for everyone!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is by far one of the best novels I've ever read! Beautifully written, passionate, and moving--I would even go as far to say "life-changing".


    What other book might you compare Uncle Tom's Cabin to and why?

    I don't know of one


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

    No


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

    Sacrifice and Redemption


    Any additional comments?

    This story portrays the paradox of the evils of slavery and it's cruelty to mankind, on the one hand, while exemplifing the beauty of the gospel. Tom is the picture of what a true follower of Christ should be--obedient and faithful--what an example of a godly man! He perserves under the most adverse circumstances. This story also weaves together how the Lord always works all things together for our good--I love the way some of the characters are given their hearts desires. The theme of how the Lord is always close to the broken-hearted is also one that stuck out to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Comes Softly

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Janette Oke
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    When it was first published in 1979, this novel introduced inspirational fiction to people hungry for well-told stories based on Christian values. Since then, over a million copies have been sold, and it has been made into a popular Hallmark movie. Janette Oke has won the Christy Award, the Gold Medallion, and scores of other awards.

    W says: "Good, gentle audiobook"
    "Dull"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    don't know


    Would you ever listen to anything by Janette Oke again?

    not if the rest of her books are like this.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to give this book a chance, but it was dull, momonotonus, and predictable--not much of a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Given Day

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (144)

    The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

    D Jay says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "Great story--captivating and well-written"
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    If you could sum up The Given Day in three words, what would they be?

    However; too much profanity. Otherwise, a great story and a heart-warming ending.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Given Day?

    Luther killing the "Deacon".


    Which character – as performed by Michael Boatman – was your favorite?

    Luther--and of course, Danny.


    If you could rename The Given Day, what would you call it?

    A tale of two men


    Any additional comments?

    The reader did an incredible job narrating and changing his voices to fit each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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