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Jason

Sonoma, CA, United States

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  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (703)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Exceeds all expectations."
    Overall

    A rich historical novel and family saga whose characters are fully developed and realized. Courtenay takes us into the fascinating worlds of the Australian Bush, fashion and the garment industry, religious bigotry, the horrors of World War II and VIetnam, and the struggles of a proud family. Every character engaged me and won my sympathy and interest. Humphrey Bower, the reader is a consummate artist. His performance is phenomenal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kindly Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Littell
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    The chilling fictional memoir of Dr. Maximilien Aue, a former Nazi officer who has reinvented himself, many years after the war, as a middle-class family man and factory owner in France. Max is an intellectual steeped in philosophy, literature, and classical music. He is also a cold-blooded assassin and the consummate bureaucrat. Through the eyes of this cultivated yet monstrous man, we experience in disturbingly precise detail the horrors of the Second World War and the Nazi genocide of the Jews.

    Darwin8u says: "A Dance of Evil & Fugue of Plagues"
    "A boring sewer dump ---"
    Overall

    My first review. Unless you like Nazi officer ranks verbalized in German, repeated descriptions of bodily functions and waste, and other revolting details, do not buy this book. I could not listen for more than the first hour.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spies of the Balkans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Greece, 1940. Not sunny vacation Greece: northern Greece, Macedonian Greece, Balkan Greece, the city of Salonika. In that ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out. On the northern border, the Greek army has blocked Mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to Albania, the first defeat suffered by the Nazis, who have conquered most of Europe.

    writerly says: "historical insights, not much suspense/tension"
    "Terrific Spy Story for Balkan Enthusiasts"
    Overall

    Furst leads the reader into multi-cultural, multi-ethnic pre-Second World War Thessaloniki (Salonika) with a fascinating spy story. One can almost taste the grilled octopus and retsina wine, and smell the Aegean Sea. The Swastika looms large as the characters face the inevitability of war.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cathedral of the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ildefonso Falcones
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    At last: The international best seller - which has already sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide - comes to America! Cathedral of the Sea follows the fortunes of the Estanyol family, from their peasant roots to a son, Arnau, who flees the land only to realize spectacular wealth and devastating problems.

    Joseph says: "Very good historical novel."
    "Stilted"
    Overall

    Stopped listening after two hours. Originality is lacking --- one can easily anticipate the unfolding story. Narrator uninteresting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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