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Susan P

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  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (124)

    Talk about a fish story! New York Times and Harper's columnist Mark Kurlansky offers "history filtered through the gills of the fish trade." David McCullough, the historian behind John Adams, says Kurlansky's "charming tale" of a "seemingly improbable idea" will change the way people think of the fish and the history.

    Karen says: "A great fish story"
    "Fascinating topic--tough audiobook"
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    The topic of cod and fisheries is fascinating and well described and researched by Mark Kurlansky. It's a wonderful blend of science, history, culture, literature, culinary arts, etc... But it is a difficult "read" as an audiobook, despite a valiant attempt by the narrator. There are many quotes, recipes, and other passages that are better read on paper than heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2326)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (587)

    In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

    Karl says: "An education and inspiration"
    "Wonderful story... not well told/narrated"
    Overall

    I thought that Greg Mortenson's story was both very inspiring but also very human, as Greg comes off as both a hero and flawed (this man has NO idea how to run an organization!) Given all that is going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan now, I found the information to be timely and educational. For that reason alone, I think the book is worth a listen. The reason I didn't give it a higher rating was because I found the writing a bit overwrought and there was just something quite annoying about the narration, though I can't quite put my finger on it...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28354)
    Performance
    (14896)
    Story
    (14948)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "What a great first audiobook!"
    Overall

    I just joined Audible.com and after listening to "The Help," I am totally hooked. I can only hope that the other books I order are half as good as this one. It was incredibly well written and narrated and very moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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