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  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (433)

    Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

    Igor says: "An amazing story, and a great storyteller"
    "Unexpectedly captivating"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Seabiscuit was my favorite. The horse had the qualities I most admire...courage, heart,and tenacity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene that revealed that Seabiscuit was more than horseflesh and the winning spirit had to be nurtured not demanded.


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

    Although the end was no secret, the tale of Seabiscuit was more than a story of an unlikely horse winning a big race. It was the story you never hear about. The sabotage, the ruthlessness, the passion, and the politics in the horse racing world.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23148)
    Performance
    (14488)
    Story
    (14635)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "I'm a raving fan now"
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    What did you love best about Ender's Game?

    Ender's game grabs you at the beginning and holds you right to the end and leaves you wanting more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the fast pace of the story, the interaction of the characters and the battle of wits.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance did you like?

    They brought the book to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The Ender and his group became as familiar to me as old friends.


    Any additional comments?

    I came to Ender's Game through another book by Orson Scott Card called The Gate. I enjoyed the writing style and the imagination of this author and looked for more works by him. Now, I have read several works by him and enjoyed all of them tremendously.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1451)
    Performance
    (1252)
    Story
    (1228)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "A Grown-Up Kind of Romance Novel"
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    What did you love best about A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty?

    This is not your average coming of age story. It is a well crafted story that keeps you guessing until the end. It is an entertaining, easy read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was fond of the three generations of women that were the main characters of the story: Grandma, Mother and Daughter.


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

    This was my first Joshilyn Jackson book. I look forward to reading more from her.


    If you could rename A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, what would you call it?

    I couldn't think of a better title that tells all and tells nothing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Even

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Woody Allen
    • Narrated By Woody Allen
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (242)

    Woody Allen's early comic fiction was heavily influenced by the zany, pun-ridden humor of S.J. Perelman. And now, for the first time, Woody Allen narrates one of his early collections of short stories, Getting Even. Listen to Woody Allen revenge himself on such significant subjects as death, obesity, organized crime, the invention of the sandwich, and much more.

    Jane says: "This was ok, but I didn’t smile as much as I hoped"
    "Totally brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable"
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    What did you love best about Getting Even?

    The richness of Woody's descriptions.


    What other book might you compare Getting Even to and why?

    None that I can think of.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The search for God.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot as I read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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