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CARY, NC, United States | Listener Since 2007

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  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (710)

    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"
    "Just another Bryce Courtenay / Humphrey Bower Book"
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    You don't get any better than Bryce Courtenay / Humphrey Bower. I don't know who is most important of the two. As I listen to my 900 Audible books, I am more and more convinced that the narrator can make a good listen or completely ruin a book that should have also been just as great.

    Humphrey Bower is the best narrator I've heard, period!

    You can't go wrong with this combination if you're looking for entertainment.

    0 of 0 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
    (445)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (300)

    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"
    "I Agree with The Modern Library 100 Great Novels"
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    From what I have learned, Mr. Wallace Stegner pulled off a very difficult novel in Angle of Repose, a story inside another story, a Chinese box inside another box. This is very complicated thing to do, and this novel is an example of it being done very well.

    The story line is about an invalid historian writing the story of his grandmother. This heroine was born and raised a sheltered daughter of a high class New England family who fell in love with a man determined to self educate as an engineer in the west of early settlement days just after Custer's day.

    He went from job to job and did well but never made it big. His sheltered wife followed him wherever he went and did herself proud. However as life will, things get very complicated and she ends up making a tragic mistake that is unforgivable. I will let you find out about that for yourself, but I highly recommend that you do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (357)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    Peter says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    "#1 book in Modern Library? Insane."
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    I really want to get through Ulysses--to the point I bought The Teaching Company course titled
    "Ulysses". I also downloaded the "SparkNotes" Summary. Nothing helps. It'a a complete waste of time! I cannot understand and follow the Irish "English" story line.

    This is Joyce's joke on literary professionals. He stated that as his goal and he succeeded in spades.

    I am the little boy at the end of the parade. "The Emperor has no clothes".






    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Moons

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (228)

    This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of 12, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating, great epic tale"
    "Mr.Frazier,I know Cold Mountain"
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    Performance
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    Thirteen Moons is no Cold Mountain. I guess it's hard to successfully follow up on a blockbuster like Cold Mountain. Cold Mountain is one of my all time favorites, but Thirteen Moons is not one I'll remember very long. The narrator was the best aspect of Thirteen Moons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Dr. Seaborn Beck Weathers, Stephen G. Michaud
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    On May 10, 1996, nine climbers perished in a blizzard high on Mount Everest, the single deadliest day ever on the peak. The following day, one of these victims was given a second chance. His name is Beck Weathers. The tale of Dr. Weathers's miraculous awakening from a deep hypothermic coma was widely reported. But the hidden story of what led the pathologist to Everest in the first place, and his painful recovery after his dramatic rescue, has not been told until now.

    Kathy M. says: "Interesting First-Hand Account of Everest Tragedy"
    "Fake Southern Accents"
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    Story

    I liked the book and identified with Beck's story, especially his depression/anxiety problem.
    He comes across as a nice guy, without pretension.

    Now for the down side. The narrator did a good job when speaking as Beck, but for other characters he fell back on the typical "fake" accent that non southerners all use to pretend to be a southerner. Like pronouncing "thin" for thing, etc. I guess they all go to the same "England's Vivien Leigh's Scarlet O'hara school of a southern accents". It never fails and it's like someone scratching their nails across a chalkboard. This narrator was not as bad as most in that respect, but it's irritating none the less.

    Otherwise it was a pretty good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joker One: A Marine Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Donovan Campbell
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    When Donovan Campbell's platoon deployed to Ramadi in the spring of 2004, they believed they'd be spending most of their time building schools, training police, and making friends with the citizens. But shortly after arriving, when Campbell awoke to the chilling cry of "Jihad, Jihad, Jihad!" echoing from minaret to minaret across the city, he knew they had an altogether different situation on their hands.

    Doug says: "This One is No Joke"
    "More of the Same"
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    I truly support our fighting men. I was one of them in the 1960's. That said---once you have listened to one of these non fiction Gulf War books you rarely hear anything different to remember from book to book.

    I listen to Audible books to be entertained, get educated, or come away with a good feeling for some reason or another. This book did none of that for me. I've heard it all several times before.

    It's all blood, guts and misery. War is terrible. The characters are brave young men and it's a shame that they are put through all this hell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1083)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Well I guess you need a fairy tale once in a while"
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    Sappy story with no possibility it could ever happen in real life. Maybe something you could read to a 6 year old child, like a fairy tale. Obviously not what I care for, but with 1050 books I have learned to expect about 33.33% I really like, 33.33% I can get through with no problem, and 33.33% that I have to force myself to finish, sometimes leaving off and going back one or more times. This one is in the last group.

    You be the judge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Variant

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robison Wells
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (308)

    Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life. He was wrong. Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive. Where breaking the rules equals death. But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape - his only real hope for survival - may be impossible.

    Crystal says: "Didn't see it coming!"
    "A Waste of Time"
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    Worthless, childless Sci-Fi drivel with no redeeming qualities. I never choose books such as this when described correctly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Danny Dunn

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (206)

    At just 16 years Danny Dunn has everything going for him: brains, looks, sporting aptitude - and luck with the ladies. His mother steers him towards a university education, but with just six months of his degree to go, he signs up for the AIF, driven by a desire to serve his country and plain wanderlust. Danny serves in South-east Asia, spends three and a half years as a POW, and returns a broken man, embittered and facially disfigured. He is scared and overwhelmed by the need to sort himself out, to find out who the hell he is....

    Eddie says: "Oh Danny Boy!"
    "Bryce Courtenay RIP"
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    Thank goodness for the life works of Bryce Courtenay. I'm so sorry it's over. I miss him like a good friend. It's like I know him through his books. All the main characters reflect the good qualities I've tried to live by for almost 70 years. Loyalty, truth, non-judgemental attitudes of others, etc.

    Humphrey Bower is the best narrator I've heard in almost 400 listens.

    These are my favorite listens and I don't expect better.

    I struggle to get through most of my 1000 Audible listens. I just hope that Bryce is remembered like other authors not 1/2 as entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Dervish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayad Akhtar
    • Narrated By Ayad Akhtar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    Hayat Shah was captivated by Mina long before he met her: his mother's beautiful, brilliant, and soulfully devout friend is a family legend. When he learns that Mina is leaving Pakistan to live with the Shahs in America, Hayat is thrilled. Hayat's father is less enthusiastic. He left the fundamentalist world behind with reason. What no one expects is that when Mina shows Hayat the beauty and power of the Quran, it will utterly transform the boy.

    David says: "a complex, rewarding book"
    "What a sad, tragic, enlightning, memorable tale."
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    Where does American Dervish rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Dervish?

    The Muslim cutural enlightning moments and there were many.


    What does Ayad Akhtar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Direct realistic contact with the Muslim axperience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hospital scene at the end and the meeting with Nathan right after.


    Any additional comments?

    The depth of hatred for Jews was something, if true and I'm sure it is, that will probably last as long as there are Arabs like the ones in this book.It's nice to be a person whose life is not ruled by extreme religion. Life is a struggle without that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (3269)
    Performance
    (2306)
    Story
    (2307)

    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!"
    "One Of My Fovorites"
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    How Bryce Courtenay came up with all these wonderful characters and stories narrated by Humphrey Bower completely amazes me.

    Whenever I want to be entertained I simply start on a Bryce Courtenay / Humphrey Bower book.

    I have bought them all, even Whitethorn. It's listed on Audible, but they won't sell it to "people in my jurisdiction". I bought it on CD from Amazon.

    That's how much I like Bryce Courtenay / Humphrey Bower. What more needs to be said.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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