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Janet

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Westlake, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shusaku Endo
    • Narrated By David Holt
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, it has been called Endo's supreme achievement" and "one of the twentieth century's finest novels". Considered controversial ever since its first publication, it tackles the thorniest religious issues of belief and faith head on. A novel of historical fiction, it is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.

    Diane says: "Soul-searing"
    "Memorable story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Silence in three words, what would they be?

    Stunning, sad, gripping.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Silence?

    When the main character learns that the sounds he is hearing from his prison cell are not the sounds of his guard snoring but in fact the moans of other prisoners.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'm the King of the Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Susan Hill
    • Narrated By Paul Ansdell
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Charles Kingshaw and his mother have come to live with Edmund Hooper and his father – in their ugly, isolated Victorian house called Warings – for good. To Hooper, Kingshaw is an intruder, a boy to be subtly persecuted, and Kingshaw finds that even the most ordinary objects can be turned by his enemy into a source of terror.In Hang Wood, when they are lost, their roles are briefly reversed but Kingshaw knows that Edmund will never let him be and that he cannot win in the end.

    Janet says: "A memorable story"
    "A memorable story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is a book about a bully written before the topic was so talked about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (319)

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
    "Inspiring story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Nancy Wake in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, funny, sad.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nancy Wake?

    Telling the Australians to keep their medals. (She uses more colorful language.)


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nancy learns that her husband has died in a concentration camp and that he had refused to give her up.


    Any additional comments?

    A memorable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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