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Mary

Barrackville, WV, USA

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  • True History of the Kelly Gang

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Gianfranco Negroponte
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    Ned Kelly's name resonates in Australia the same way the name Jesse James does in America. Was he a crusading folk hero or murderous horse thief and bank robber? Who was the real Ned Kelly? As the impoverished son of an Irish convict, Kelly was cheated, lied to, and abused by the English. Committed to fighting back against oppression, Kelly and his gang of outlaws eluded police for nearly two years.

    Margaret says: "Brilliant and Poetic"
    "Pain and Misery"
    Overall

    Much of the narrative is painful to hear. However, since this is the "true" story it did occur. It got a little much and I'm not one to demand sweetness from all books. It does give insight as to how a society can create criminals.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rhett Butler's People

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Donald McCaig
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    Rhett Butler's People is the long-awaited novel that parallels the great American novel Gone with the Wind. Twelve years in the making, Rhett Butler's People marks a major and historic cultural event for millions of Gone with the Wind readers, complementing and adding new dimensions to its timeless story.

    Marie says: "Fiddle-dee-dee, this was fun!"
    "Satisfying"
    Overall

    As a reader of the original book, the later attempt, Scarlett, still left me disappointed. I think this book gets it right and Margaret Mitchell would approve.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5216)
    Performance
    (1438)
    Story
    (1441)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Splendid!"
    Overall

    If you like a story that will cast a spell and stay with you, then this is one. The writing is clear and the characters are wonderfully written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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