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Joe

Member of two book clubs. Listen more than read. Love Audible because I can go about my day while listening to books. Thanks Audible.

Decatur, AL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4436)
    Performance
    (2129)
    Story
    (2154)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "A Favorite, just like To Kill A Mockingbird"
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    Where does The Devil in the White City rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Maybe number One. I have since bought the print version just to keep with the other 10 or so books I would take to a deserted island if I could. I will listen over again many times.


    What other book might you compare The Devil in the White City to and why?

    To Kill a Mockingbird and many others. It educated me, entertained, shocked, saddened, and gave me so many other feelings. I put aside important chores to listen. I refer to the book and its Bibliography. I listen to parts again to remember just how things were in those times. So glad I bought it.


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

    No. His reading was good. I could listen to more he has performed


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

    Yes. I wanted so much to know what happened next. Great writing.


    Any additional comments?

    You can tell Erik Larson does his homework when he writes. I have another book of his and it was just as well researched. I would love to have more of his work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2870)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1053)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Can't forget this book."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Memory of Running to be better than the print version?

    Better in audio because I might not have given this book a chance if it were in print. I like listening to books. Many times I put a book aside before I give it a chance, not so with a book someone else reads. Since in this book the author reads you can trust he shares your passion for the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I wanted him to find his sister so badly. It was sad and funny in places. So well written.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole scene where he finds the boy and they are rescued in the snow.


    If you could take any character from The Memory of Running out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would like the guy. He is pathetic and brave, silly and sincere. I could take him out to dinner and we could probably have a good talk.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5128)
    Performance
    (2911)
    Story
    (2950)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Memorable"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Forgotten Garden the most enjoyable?

    Cheering for her so many times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the characters were made so human and so complex


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding the key and finding the garden.


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

    I wished I could listen to all in one sitting. Even though the book is long, I could still have listened longer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11906)
    Performance
    (7859)
    Story
    (7895)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Profound."
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    Where does Unbroken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten of all the books I have read in the last 5 years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    When he could finally be reunited with his family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The rescue in Japan.


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

    A thrill a minute. The world could use more men like him.


    Any additional comments?

    He was so clever while at sea trying to stay alive. I would not know how to survive there. He was a brave and wonderful man. Could

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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