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  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1347)
    Performance
    (1237)
    Story
    (1248)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Hearwarming"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!!!


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

    I listened to it all in one day. I couldn't leave


    Any additional comments?

    It made me laugh, feel happy, encouraged, and even made me cry. It was definitely a true account of life, with all it's up and downs. It was interesting to hear a lot of how tribal customs and cultures run of those around him. I didn't want the story to end. How sad to find out he died last year. I am left with curiosity of how the elephants and the people are doing and if the lodge is still running. What a tribute to how love and patience can achieve so much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (482)

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Elizabeth says: "Loved everyone minute!"
    "You MUST know your history to follow this book"
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    Any additional comments?

    I cannot say if this book was good or not as I got lost early on as to who was who. I felt I needed to go on the internet and make a family tree of all the Royals in many countries before I could move on. The characters also having same names didn't help either. The narrator pulled me in right away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making Friends Among the Taliban: A Peacemaker's Journey in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jonathan P. Larson
    • Narrated By Jonathan P. Larson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In a remote valley north of Kabul, in August 2010, American peacemaker Dan Terry and nine other aid workers were attacked and killed in an event that made worldwide headlines. Why would one man take his family, follow faith and calling into the political and religious maelstrom of Afghanistan, and through years of war and strife believe he could make a difference? In Making Friends among the Taliban, childhood friend Jonathan Larson retraces Dan's nearly 40 years in Afghanistan, and through interviews and eye-witness accounts, relays Dan's incredible way of daily living.

    Michael says: "Cross Cultural Peacemaking"
    "It could have been.......book"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story could have been very interesting if the author left out over describing things as if he was trying to make sure the book was long enough. Then the narrator spoke too slow like he was reading poetry. It was hard to pay attention to the story. All I kept thinking while trying to stay focused was, " just tell the story". It sounds like Dan Terry was an incredible person, it would have been great to have heard it in a different manner than it was written and narrated.


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan P. Larson’s performance?

    Don't narrate any more of your books or others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angel in the Rubble: The Miraculous Rescue of 9-11's Last Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Genelle Guzman-McMillan
    • Narrated By Heather Alicia Simms
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (27)

    For 27 hours, Genelle remained below the surface of Tower One’s rubble. During this time, she couldn’t help but reflect on the life she’d lived and how she’d drifted from the faith she once knew. One of her most painful regrets was that she’d left her daughter behind in Trinidad while she pursued her dream of singing and dancing in America. She begged God to forgive her - accepting that she may soon die, but praying for the miracle of life and a chance to live that life with a new purpose and direction.

    Mj says: "Reminded Me of Kindergarten"
    "Sugar coated"
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    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Spoke like we were little children being explained something complicated


    Any additional comments?

    While we are all interested in people's accounts of what happened during the attack this one piqued my curiosity as her story is the only one I have heard of a rescue so much time after the collapse of the WTC buildings. I can completely relate to the reflections of the mistakes of your life when you are facing death, and knowing how God can change a bad situation from good to bad, I felt that it related little to her emotional and physical struggles that one would certainly be challenged with, as all it seemed to give was a brag story of how she kept her promises to God if she lived. Then the end was nothing short of a sermon that didn't glorify God but herself and how awesome she was now. It was completely sugar coated, I couldn't even finish the book. Don't get me wrong I am a believer and rely on God in all those difficult times. But I know God takes us through journeys to grow and not just have an instant fairy tale happy ever after ending. For example how can one be trapped for so long and not be able to move on and not face any after effects?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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