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  • How Green Was My Valley

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Richard Llewellyn
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    How Green Was My Valley is Richard Llewellyn’s best-selling - and timeless - classic, as well as the basis of a beloved film. As Huw Morgan is about to leave home forever, he reminisces about the golden days of his youth when South Wales still prospered, when coal dust had not yet blackened the valley. Drawn simply and lovingly, with a crisp Welsh humor, Llewellyn’s characters fight, love, laugh, and cry, creating an indelible portrait of a people. Richard Llewellyn (1906–1983), a Welsh novelist, was born in Hendon, England, in the county of Middlesex.

    Ronna says: "A classic that must be read---could take place now"
    "Could read it over and over"
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    Any additional comments?

    This books stands for itself decades after its publication. The only thing that bothered me was the narrator's pronunciation of some Welsh names, i.e., the name Angharad has a silent "g"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eben Alexander
    • Narrated By Eben Alexander
    Overall
    (1730)
    Performance
    (1504)
    Story
    (1518)

    On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.

    Kelly says: "Compelling"
    "Maybe as much proof as anyone could ask for"
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    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps this book represents as much credible proof of the reality of NDE as anyone could expect

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother, I'm Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Edwidge Danticat
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Award-winning, best-selling author Edwidge Danticat taps her exceptional storytelling gifts for this memoir of the two men who raised her. When the author was only four years old, her parents emigrated from Haiti to New York in search of a better life, leaving their daughter in the care of her uncle Joseph. A peaceful pastor in Port-au-Prince, Joseph raised Edwidge with the love and devotion of a father, despite facing many hardships in politically turbulent Haiti.

    Chandra says: "A Superb Reflection"
    "no words"
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    Any additional comments?

    No words can express the power of this story, especially for people from the West Indies

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bill Bryson Collector's Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself

    • ABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (389)

    In the first of three essays included in this audiobook, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States, after nearly two decades in Britain. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary.

    Annette says: "My second of three (so far) Bill Bryson books"
    "Bill Bryson Can Do No Wrong"
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    Any additional comments?

    If you like Bill Bryson (does anyone not?) you'll enjoy this collection completely. I particularly enjoy "I'm a Stranger Here Myself," as he describes returning to the US after a 20 year absence.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fortunate Pilgrim

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By John Kenneth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Lucia Santa has traveled 3,000 miles of dark ocean, from the mountain farms of Italy to the streets of New York, hoping for a better life. Instead, she finds herself in Hell's Kitchen, in a bad marriage, raising six children on her own. As Lucia struggles to hold her family together, her daughter confronts the adult world of work and romance while her eldest son is drawn into the Mafia. Meanwhile, her youngest son aspires to American pursuits she cannot understand.

    bethany says: "excellent book & more so for the narrator"
    "Puzo's Best"
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    Any additional comments?

    If you are an Italian-American of a certain age, this story resonates with bits and pieces of history and culture you've heard your whole life. A premiere storyteller, who brings every character to life with a vibrant honesty and recognition of the human condition. I was a little disappointed with the narrator's "Italian" accent; I think this would have been improved by authenticity in that department.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martha Rules: 10 Essentials for Achieving Success

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Martha Stewart
    • Narrated By Martha Stewart
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Now, for the first time, Martha Stewart shares her business knowledge and advice in this handbook for success. Tapping into her years of experience in building a thriving business, Martha will help readers identify their own entrepreneurial voice and channel their skills and passions into a successful business venture.

    Cary says: "Refreshing and Practical++++"
    "Surprising"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Hearing Martha discussing the details of her meteoric success, in her own voice, in a very down to earth and instructional way, was really quite delightful. A great read--and excellent practical advice for anyone starting their own business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jeanne Marie Laskas
    • Narrated By Jamie Heinlein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    These stories are about the people who make our lives run every day—and yet we barely think of them. Laskas spent weeks in an Ohio coal mine and on an Alaskan oil rig; in a Maine migrant labor camp, a Texas beef ranch, the air traffic control tower at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, a California landfill, an Arizona gun shop, the cab of a long-haul truck in Iowa, and the stadium of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleaders. All are part of hidden America, and you will be amazed by what Laskas tells you about them.

    Kari says: "Love it... Love her... Check out everything!!!"
    "The elegance of everyday people"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hidden America?

    Loved it all--particularly moving to hear the end of the Alaska story


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    The author does a wonderful job of honestly telling the stories of regular people doing extraordinary job

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1533)
    Performance
    (1340)
    Story
    (1350)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    Marcia says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "Excellent"
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    If you could sum up Flight Behavior in three words, what would they be?

    life is complicated


    Any additional comments?

    Another masterwork from Barbara Kingsolver. If you enjoyed Poisonwood Bible, I think you will enjoy this, albeit considerably shorter, work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1623)
    Performance
    (1403)
    Story
    (1366)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "Maybe an acquired taste"
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    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Will Patton?

    probably not


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    gave up before I got to the end


    Any additional comments?

    I tried several times to pick it up again, but just couldn't get that interested. I think you have to particularly like this type of detective novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Maya Angelou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (361)

    Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.

    Lynn says: "Insightful and touching"
    "a much loved book"
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    If you could sum up I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in three words, what would they be?

    overcome


    What did you like best about this story?

    the details of her life growing up


    What does Maya Angelou bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dr. Angelou's voice telling her own story cannot be surpassed. However, it felt like she may have recorded the narrative more recently, as her narrative sometimes fumbles, almost as if she's not reading her own words. But wouldn't trade her voice for anyone else.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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