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maharvey907

FAIRBANKS, AK, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lorri Glover, Daniel Smith
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The English had long dreamed of colonizing America, especially after Sir Francis Drake brought home Spanish treasure and dramatic tales from his raids in the Caribbean. Ambitions of finding gold and planting a New World colony seemed within reach when, in 1606, Thomas Smythe extended overseas trade with the launch of the Virginia Company. But from the beginning the American enterprise was a disaster.

    Cheryl says: "Great !"
    "The background for Shakespeare's The Tempest"
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    The actual story of the storm and the shipwreck on Bermuda was fascinating. The beginning and end of the book seemed to lose me because of all the names, dates and facts and shifting between groups of people. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in that time period in history. I am glad that I listened to it. The narrator was good but perhaps could be a bit more animated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Flowers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo
    Overall
    (1190)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (638)

    In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

    Shaddi says: "I loved this book!"
    "Delve in and enjoy the story!"
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    I was put off when I first began listening to this because the voice of the narrator sounded a bit raspy, and as a nurse I was disturbed that this women had probably smoked too many cigarettes. I was also put off by the strange names and music (Middle Eastern). Once I committed myself to finishing the book and began to ignore these uneasy feelings I became completely absorbed in the story. This is a story of a woman's survival in a country dominated by men and it is truly inspiring. The story incorporates history and the craft of carpet making which was obviously a very important trade. I enjoyed listening to the short interview by the author and will look for more books by this same author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5961)
    Performance
    (2120)
    Story
    (2127)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "A Man's Book"
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    It seemed like once I finally got into this book it was over. I really wanted there to be a happy ending for the female characters but I guess that was unrealistic! It definitely was a man's world and the book has plenty of action and intrigue if you are interested in that. I was really disappointed in the ending....perhaps I need to read Book Two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1540)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (470)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    R. S. Herron says: "The key word is 'fiction'"
    "The idea for the story better than the result"
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    I was very excited about the whole premise of the story when I read a summary a few years ago. Perhaps I had built it up so much in my mind that I expected more. The idea of women sharing their gifts with girls and all the love and attention being showered on them inspired me to help start a group where we would do just that in our Church. The group was an amazing success. I think the book could have been much more and if it had not strayed so much from recorded facts I would have appreciated it more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1310)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (623)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "This book has it all!"
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    I generally don't care for books by male authors but since it had great reviews I decided to give it a chance. It took me a while to get into the book, mainly because I had to get used to the Australian accent, and the assorted phone calls and family members interrupting me. I was glad that I stuck with it because it is a wealth of information and entertainment. The characters are so well developed and interesting. The background for different world events allows for a better understanding of that period of history.

    I loved James' singing voice of "Johnny I didn't know ya"! Excellent performance! I looked for the same song being sung on YouTube but none of them compared to the performance in the audiobook. Wonderful!

    The acknowledgment at the end shouldn't be missed either. The acknowledgments give credit to the many people that were part of the creation of this book and helps explain how one person can create such a work. Bryce Courtenay is a master at bringing the experiences and minds of many people to create an unforgettable literary work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6725)
    Performance
    (4702)
    Story
    (4687)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "You will be thinking about this story long after"
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    This is not a book that you can put down once you have started listening as it is totally absorbing. The story will haunt you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (657)

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "Riveting from beginning to end"
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    I am a now a truly devoted fan on both Alison Weir and Davina Porter. With Alison Weir as an author and Davina Porter as the voice, or in this case one of the voices, you cannot go wrong! This book has everything that I love: history, religion, romance and intrigue. This author always educates as she entertains and I love that! Alison Weir always makes me feel one with the main character and transports me to that place in time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting for Summer's Return

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kim Vogel Sawyer
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    Suddenly all alone in 1894 Kansas, Summer Steadman can't find the employment she needs to settle near the fresh graves of her husband and four children. Bitter against the Lord and refusing to eat, she collapses in despair. Remembering his own painful loss, godly widower Peter Ollenbuger offers her food and shelter for tutoring his 10-year-old son.

    California Rose says: "Wonderful"
    "Inspiring and Entertaining"
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    This book had a nice mix of history (going into a little detail about the Mennonites), spirituality and a touch of romance. The romance was in very good taste. The narrator was excellent going between male and female voices, with and without accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indian Pipes: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Cynthia Riggs
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Victoria Trumbull, 92-year-old native of Martha's Vineyard, is savoring the sea air over Vineyard Sound with her granddaughter, Elizabeth, when she spots a person who seems in trouble near the top of a cliff. Elizabeth goes for help, but it's too late - the man dies before he can be rescued.

    GlammyDi says: "A very timely story"
    "Enjoyable, unexpected ending"
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    I love the strong elderly female as the main character. I would have liked a bit more description of the setting. The author had me guessing throughout the book and the murderer was a bit of a surprise. I would have liked to know more about what happened to Harley. I considered purchasing the book initially because of the narrator and I was not disappointed. The narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • O, Pioneers!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Alexis O'Donahue
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (53)

    On the harsh and wild frontier of the American West, Alexandra Bergson struggles to fulfill her father's dying wish of establishing his family on the Nebraska table lands. Through hard times and abundant, through love and loss, through joy and suffering, Alexandra challenges both her family and the land in her quiet, honest way.

    Lisa says: "Back to Nebraska"
    "Pleasing to listen to and inspiring!"
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    This book has it all as far as I am concerned. There is a strong female character with a bit of history mixed in, a lesson to be learned and wonderful narration. I can't believe that it was only $3.95. This was a great deal for a very good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Scripture

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sebastian Barry
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (104)

    Roseanne McNulty, once one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland, is now an elderly patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. As her 100th year draws near, she decides to record the events of her life, hiding the manuscript beneath the floorboards. Dr. Grene, Roseanne's caretaker, takes a special interest in her case. In his research, he discovers a document written by a local priest that tells a very different story of Roseanne's life than what she recalls.

    Amanda says: "Haunting and Lovely"
    "Very deep and thought provoking"
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    I felt so much sorrow for the main character while listening to this book that I was becoming a bit depressed! The story is touching. I thought that I might start crying or hit something to ease my frustration. The ending unexpected and helped me to resolve some of the sorrow that I felt for the character. Narration is quite good although I think I would have preferred a female voice during some of it at least. I felt that there may have been some anti-Catholic sentiment by the author during part of the book but after having completed the book I believe that the author was simply reflecting the true sentiments of the time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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