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Nancy Sibole

ratings
8
REVIEWS
2
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
15

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2273)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1435)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Rare book"
    Overall

    This books is so good that throughout the reading, I wished I had bought the paper version to read so I could savor the writing. It left me thinking, "I wish I could write like that!" The story is original, entertaining, and thought provoking. I have recommended it to everyone I know.

    Most of the readers are great. The voice of the main character is delightful, but I found the voice of the grandfather to be slightly irritating and when he read I anxiously waited for the other characters to reappear. Other than that the book struck a perfect note.

    Even though the story is engaging, it's not the story, it's the writing which is pitch perfect with each character finely drawn. I was totally absorbed on my commute. I even sat in my car in the parking lot many times to hear just a little more before I went in to work. All of my emotions were at work during this read and I loved it!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2995)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1797)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Wonderfully written"
    Overall

    This is not the type of book I usually listen to, but I'm so glad I did. The book is sometimes difficult to listen to because often the events which shape the young character's life are cruel. The author does not sugarcoat the racism and cruelty which existed in that time and place. He uses these extreme events to shape the life of the main character and move the book forward to a well earned conclusion. This book is worth the effort. It is beautifully written, thought provoking, expertly read,and thoroughly entertaining. I enjoyed all of it and hated to see it end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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