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Jeanne

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  • Two for Sorrow

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nicola Upson
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (44)

    They were the most horrific crimes of a new century: the murders of newborn innocents for which two British women were hanged at Holloway Prison in 1903. Decades later, mystery writer Josephine Tey has decided to write a novel based on Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious “Finchley baby farmers,” unaware that her research will entangle her in the desperate hunt for a modern-day killer.

    Sires says: "Mystery of the Effects on an Edwardian Crime"
    "First half pretty boring"
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    Davina Porter's narration was excellent as always, and probably the only reason I was able to trudge through this book. There were interesting twists near the end, but hardly enough to justify the hours invested in the first 60% of the book. Save your credits for something more engaging.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angle of Repose

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (299)

    Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, and husbands and wives.

    Laurene says: "A magnificent novel, beautifully read"
    "Tedious story"
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    What disappointed you about Angle of Repose?

    I kept hoping something about this story would engage me through this 22+ hour book.. but nothing ever clicked. It came across as 22 hours of whining. Thank goodness Audible's iPhone app allowed me to listen in double time!


    What could Wallace Stegner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I wish the author had acknowledged that this book was based on the life of Mary Hallock Foote - even admitting that entire sections of the book were lifted word-for-word from her letters. I am more willing to tolerate BORING from a non-fiction book that a book 'claiming' to be fiction. I will probably never read another book written by Stegner.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Carlos Eire
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other - but with certain differences. The neighbor's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from most. His father was convinced he had been Louis XVI in a past life. At school, classmates were attended by chauffeurs and bodyguards. Then, in January 1959, the world changed....

    Dataman says: "Like Watching a Stranger's Home Videos"
    "Boring book"
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    What would have made Waiting for Snow in Havana better?

    The story line was just too slow and jumped around too much. I kept waiting for the book to get interesting, and finally found my self fast forwarding through several chapters. By the end of the first download, I knew I didn't want to bother with the second download.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (617)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "Masterpiece from both Courtenay & Bower"
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    What made the experience of listening to Brother Fish the most enjoyable?

    Humphrey Bower is such a great narrator, I'm searching for his other books - he makes each voice different and believable and I loved his singing voice. I appreciated Bryce Courtenay's obvious respect for cultural diversity and the research he invested so many different locations -- an island off Australia, the Korean War, then Shanghai and Hong Kong, just to mention a few very interesting settings.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ramses: The Son Of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Christian Jacq
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    An epic re-creation of the exhilarating and mysterious time when the Sun King ruled Egypt, Ramses, the Son of Light, has become the rage in France. With over two million copies sold, it is the greatest publishing phenomenon to hit the shelves there in 20 years. Rameses is only 14 when his father, the Pharaoh Seti, begins testing his true mettle. Being the younger of two sons, the proud Ramses has a problem with being relegated to second place.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Great Book"
    "Interesting but clearly only Part 1"
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    While the story was fairly engaging, the abruptness of the ending left me cold. I have no objection to an author writing trilogies - I often seek out multiple volume stories. But I appreciate series in which each book could, if necessary, stand on its own. This book stopped so suddenly, I could envision Christian Jacq simply reaching the magic number of words required by the publisher and barely bothered to insert a period on the last sentence before hitting the submit button. I intend to wait 6 months to see if I even still care about these characters before buying the next installment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (973)
    Story
    (982)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Interesting and engaging"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Call the Midwife?

    I loved the unconventional image of the nuns and the great variety of story lines introduced by the varied patients.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    From the author of the number-one national best seller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian and the schools he has established. In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson recounts his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders.

    Cathleen says: "Better than Three Cups of Tea"
    "An exaggerated story"
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    60 Minutes' exposure of the exaggerations in this book saddened me, but didn’t surprise me. While Three Cups of Tea was quite interesting, this story was just a bit too wild to believe, even before 60 Minutes' revelations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2269)
    Performance
    (1460)
    Story
    (1455)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Timely information"
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    I bought this book because cancer has recently touched my family. This historical and scientific overview had just the right 'tone' to answer my many questions while giving me a realistic yet hopeful outlook.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1372)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (676)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "Delightful humor, developed characters, surprises"
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    The surprising plot twists kept coming in this unlikely retelling of Sleeping Beauty -- totally suitable for adult audiences. This is a really superb story. But what pleased me most was the humor, especially from Ivan's mother with her Yiddish advice. I loved the time travel to America and the many fun plot twists. It’s also good to see strong, well-developed characters. I’ve heard the abridged version was a bit confusing, but this unabridged version is worth every minute I spent listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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