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Stan

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3284)
    Performance
    (2318)
    Story
    (2319)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "I was transported"
    Overall

    great voices, story, background, spun well, cared about the characters, was left wanting the next book in the series. well worth my time and money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enrique's Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sonia Nazario
    • Narrated By Catherine Byers
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography, Enrique's Journey is the timeless story of families torn apart, the yearning to be together again, and a boy who will risk his life to find the mother he loves.

    Angie says: "Eye opener"
    "Heartbreaking and real"
    Overall

    If you would be informed about illegal aliens and their motivations and travails trying to get here, this book is a must. There is no sappy sentimentality or vilification of the US. If anything, the passages that describe how Mexican corrupt officials allow the rape, torture and murder of central American youth is damning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (720)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Leesa Scott-morrow says: "Brain Candy"
    "Great adventure"
    Overall

    Story was well told and voice work was very professional. I've visited many remote ruins int he south west, this transported me back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Quest

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Egypt is struck by a series of terrible plagues that cripple the Kingdom, and then the ultimate disaster follows: the Nile fails. The waters that nourish and sustain the land dry up. Something catastrophic is taking place in the distant and totally unexplored depths of Africa from where the mighty river springs. In desperation, Pharaoh sends for Taita, the only man who might be able to find the source of the Nile and discover the cause of all their woes.

    John Fedderke says: "Dissapointed beyond belief"
    "Book 3 is a fitting finale"
    Overall

    I've read all three now, to myself and Quest by Audible. An outstanding historical trilogy that rings true to many historical facts and ethnographic writings. Want to be entertained while learning about ancient Egypt. Try These!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (713)

    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"
    "stunning"
    Overall

    first rate story telling. I am an American and Australia is opened to me by this book and his others on the land down under.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2666

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By John Lee, Armando Durán, G. Valmont Thomas, and others
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (175)

    Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa - a fictional Juárez - on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Nancy Bauer says: "Brilliant"
    "droll"
    Overall

    utterly droll, I didn't care about the characters or the story. Part One put me off the rest and I just dumped it from my Itunes.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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