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dal

CARY, NC, United States | Listener Since 2007

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  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (555)

    In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

    Darwin8u says: "A high-wire, high-risk, high-reward masterpiece"
    "The celebration of psychopathy."
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    Very entertaining, if unusual, storyline. I have never read or listened to a book with the primary character anything like Mr. Ripley I don't think.

    Different and surprising, but that is the allure that caused me to get another in the series.

    8 of 12 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
    (628)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (195)

    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
    Story

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    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
    (183)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    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
    (1142)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (985)

    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
    (329)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (293)

    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.

    Ryan says: "Decent dystopfic YA"
    "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
    (255)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (176)

    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
    (193)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    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
    (3003)
    Performance
    (2068)
    Story
    (2066)

    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
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (972)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (634)

    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
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3132)
    Performance
    (1479)
    Story
    (1480)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "This is as good as it gets!!!!!!"
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    I have 875 Audible books and have listened to around 300. I can't even remember what some were about, but "Shantaram" was one of first I heard and I can remember it distinctly.

    The characters were so well developed and interesting that I was completely captivated. What a tale of interesting people.

    I didn't want it to end.

    The only others I can compare it to are the Bryce Courtenay books.

    Both have wonderful narrators and the more books I listen to, the more I find this to be very important.

    Don't miss this one! It's long, but I never got bored at any time. Wonderful listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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