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Laura Cohen

Sherman Oaks, CA USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Shadow of the Silk Road

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Colin Thubron
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    Out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across Northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron undertakes a journey along the greatest land route on earth: the Silk Road. Travelling 7,000 miles in eight months, he traces the passage not only of trade and armies, but of ideas, religions and inventions.

    Paul Krasner says: "prose meets poetry"
    "Great Book, Great Narrator"
    Overall

    According to Colin Thubron, ancient Romans, even while wearing silk garments from the East, imagined silk was harvested from a plant, and Easterners lived in an unreachable paradise. Meanwhile, the Chinese suspected Rome was a land without wars. Trade along the Silk Road had the aspect of a relay race. No one merchant traveled from one end to the other. Author Thubron decides to make the entire journey (east to west) and take us along for the ride. The Silk Road, we discover, wasn't just an extensive trade route but an elaborate conduit allowing for an interchange of cultures and religions along with material goods. I intend to read this a second time. Magnificent book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Out Stealing Horses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Per Petterson
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    Multiple award-winning author Per Petterson delivers an eloquent, meditative novel. 67-year-old Trond Sander lives secluded in a far corner of Norway. Casting his mind back to 1948, he recalls a horse-stealing prank with his best friend that turned tragic and changed his life forever.

    KP says: "Quiet and powerful"
    "Not Disappointing - Amazing!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Out Stealing Horses again? Why?

    To say that the ending is disappointing is to miss the point of the book. This book is a first person, stream of consciousness narrative about the impact a person's life adventures have had on him. Characters like


    What about Richard Poe???s performance did you like?

    Richard Poe WAS Trond, and he made me care about Trond from Minute One. His narration was understated and perfect for the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Benedictus
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    It was 80 years ago, on the publication of The House at Pooh Corner, when Christopher Robin said good-bye to Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Now they are all back in new adventures, for the first time approved by the Trustees of the Pooh Properties. This is a companion volume that truly captures the style of A. A. Milne - a worthy sequel to The House at Pooh Corner and Winnie-the-Pooh.

    Laura Cohen says: "Glorious Jim Dale"
    "Glorious Jim Dale"
    Overall

    Like many Americans, I grew up with such British childhood classics as "House at Pooh Corner." Yet one forgets how veddy British they are, till one hears one's favorite characters, from Christopher Robin to Eeyore, speaking with gorgeous accents, and Rabbit sporting a Scottish brogue, all provided by the glorious Jim Dale. David Benedictus does a fine job bringing Pooh and his pals to life, updating the original ever so gently here and there. The premise of "Return to the Hundred Acre Wood" is Christopher Robin's return from prep school for summer vacation. And then, in addition to Owl, Piglet, and the rest, there's a new character, Lotte the Otter, who adds her own feminine (and hilarious) touch to the forest. I hope Benedictus and Dale team up again to bring us more pleasure. And more HUUUUMMMMMMS! I've never heard a hum before, and, yes, this is exactly how they should sound! :-)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna Doone, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Richard D. Blackmore
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Set in the turbulent late 17th century amid political tensions aroused by the religious animosities of a nation that had just emerged from the Commonwealth government of Cromwell, the story follows the adventures of John Ridd and his love, Lorna Doone, an aristocratic beauty who was kidnapped by the Doone family as a child.

    Joseph R says: "Satisfaction!"
    "Charlton Griffin Brings This Classic To Life"
    Overall

    Lorna Doone is a classic romance, penned in Victorian times and set around the time of England's Restoration in the 1600s. Charlton Griffin does beautifully breathing life into the humble, romantic, yet formidable yeoman farmer John Ridd, as well as his heart's desire, Lorna Doone, the hills and dales of Exmoor, and various villagers, villains, and animals who populate this rural region by the Severn Sea. Though initially meant to be read by a blazing fire on a snowy London evening, this book is even better enjoyed while strolling through leafy countryside. Charlton Griffin's lively characterizations, performed with a very real West Country accent, will make you want to keep walking for hours.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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