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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1941)
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    (1692)
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    (1702)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    J. H. Monaco says: "Wonderful Tale Punctuated with Loud Harmonic Licks"
    "Brilliant Social Commentary & Compelling Story"
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    Would you listen to The Grapes of Wrath again? Why?

    No. I rarely listen to or reread books. There are too many on my list. This should not deter you from listening. This


    What did you like best about this story?

    When I think of the Woody Guthrie songs "Do Re Me" & "I Ain't Got No Home", I think of "Grapes of Wrath". Steinbeck writes an amazing social commentary rich in history wrapped in a compelling story. It is a part of US history that we would rather not face.

    Steinbeck could not have realized that many of the themes he wrote about resonate today. I will not spoil the book in any way by discussing them here.


    Any additional comments?

    It may be my imagination, but I Dylan Baker sounded like Henry Fonda. So iconic was Fonda's performance, I may simply not have been able to get it out of my head. That being said, Baker conveyed the same soft spoken character and strength that I remember of Fonda's performance. Brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2860)
    Performance
    (1964)
    Story
    (1964)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "The Emperor Has Clothes!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Emperor of All Maladies?

    What an amazing story Dr. Mukherjee tells. This book dovetails excellently with "Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality" by Jonathan Weiner. It is a fascinating insiders look at just why cancer may not be curable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tom Segev
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Going far beyond a military account, Segev re-creates the crisis in Israel before 1967, showing how economic recession, a full grasp of the Holocaust's horrors, and the dire threats made by neighbor states combined to produce a climate of apocalypse. He depicts the country's bravado after its victory and the mood revealed in a popular joke in which one soldier says to his friend, "Let's take over Cairo". The friend replies, "Then what shall we do in the afternoon?"

    Steve Yastrow says: "Awesome book, atrocious pronounciation"
    "Good History"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good history but it is unforgivable that the narrator mispronounced so many Hebrew words.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (597)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Epic — Like Churchill"
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    What does Frederick Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Davidson's narration is truly epic befitting the larger than life book and man therein portrayed. He sang the songs of Churchill's youth. He mimicked the great politicians wonderfully; I really felt as if Lloyd George were speaking, for instance. I am in awe of his ability to deal with the diversity of people and accents found in this history. Unfortunately, his performance shined to such a degree that I found the other two volumes wanting.


    Any additional comments?

    Winston Churchill has been a particular fascination for me and, while William Manchester is not Churchill's official biographer, I committed myself to the series. Unfortunately, Manchester died during the third and final part. It is not nearly as good as the first and second. Manchester's brilliantly paints a full picture of the milieu in which young Winston was born and grew up, helping us understand the towering political figure he became.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Santini

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (299)
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    (300)

    Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He's all Marine -- fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife -- beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben's got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn't give in -- not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son.

    cort says: "an excellent book"
    "Only Superlatives!"
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    If you could sum up The Great Santini in three words, what would they be?

    Bull Meechem is a warrior's warrior without a war. He does not know function outside this milieu. His family cope with his inability to adapt, as they face off against a force of nature.


    Any additional comments?

    Pat Conroy writes about his characters with such understanding and warmth that even a tragic character like Bull Meechem is seen as redeemable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1121)
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    (962)
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    (962)

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    Jenny says: "The reader alone is worth it"
    "Raises Goosebumps Remembering It"
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    Would you listen to Of Mice and Men again? Why?

    Yes, and I have. Steinbeck captures the simple and powerful truths of relationships with such beauty and eloquence. I find it almost inexpressible how deeply this book moved me.


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

    I did. I could not stop.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cannery Row

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Jerry Farden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (436)

    Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Henri, Mack and his boys, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and most poignant works.

    Jax says: "I disagree with Rob from Goodyear, AZ"
    "A Love Letter To Time & Place"
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    Would you listen to Cannery Row again? Why?

    Absolutely and I have. "Canary Row" is like a love letter to a time and place you never visited. After reading this book, I felt as if I knew the characters as fully realized people. Closing the book and reaching the end of the performance, I felt as if I were saying goodbye to dear friends. The imperfectly perfect people you would wish to have as neighbors with all the love, pain and other emotions that comprise valued relationships.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cannery Row?

    I love the part in which "The Boys" party goes awry turning tragic and humorous. Particularly, the truth of how we cope with the inevitable disappointments and pain that are part and parcel of meaningful relationships.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
    • Narrated By John C. Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (558)

    Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

    Scott says: "Fantastic"
    "Wow!"
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    Where does One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" is one of those books that stays with you, inspiring you to hear/read it again for fresh incites.


    What does John C. Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John C. Reilly is an amazingly talented person: singing, dancing, comedy, drama, broadway & movies. He does it all with such effortlessness. I found it easy to slip into the characters as he performed them.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book the first time in my early twenties. I raged and cried for over a week feeling the injustice of the individual crushed by "The Man". As an older man with a family and lots of life experience, I find the insult almost as painful. Yet, I see more sides to the situations and accommodate some of the mutually contradictory events more readily. I also appreciate the writing differently than the younger me. At its heart, this remains a powerful visceral read for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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