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JJ

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  • Tandia

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (644)

    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    Thomas Andrews says: "Thanks for this wonderful collaboration"
    "Tandia by Bryce Courtney"
    Overall

    Well developed characters and detailed plot.
    Sometimes wonder if Courtney's books could be shorter but I am never disappointed in the time spent listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4889)
    Performance
    (4125)
    Story
    (4139)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Winter of the World again? Why?

    I have read all of Ken Follett's books. Another one that held my interest.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen while commuting in my car.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6016)
    Performance
    (5404)
    Story
    (5400)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "A Must Read"
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    Story
    What did you love best about Shadow of Night?

    Author masterfully introduces multiple new characters throughout the book. No character map needed. Many authors haven't figured this out. Great character development as time and events changed the two protagonists. Enjoyed loads of unexpected twists and turns. Wouldn't typically have chosen a book about vampires and witches but it was strongly recommended by co-worker who is an avid reader. Not disappointed at all! I enjoyed the historically based aspect although the author added tidbits that aren't truly accurate. Many of the minor but famous characters are from 1500's and one would not run into them all in one room. Didn't mind because that gave me a taste of the true-life people of the time.


    What other book might you compare Shadow of Night to and why?

    The first book in the series, Discovery of Witches. Excellent prequal.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. My # 2 reader. (Humphey Bower is #1.)


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

    The tenderness between two main characters throughout the book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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