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David

Greenville, SC, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (389)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    Andrew Stone says: "DeMille writes another excellent book!"
    "Repetitious"
    Overall

    This is the first time I wished I had purchased an abridged audio book. I enjoy sarcasm but the same reference 3 times a minute is a bit much. I can remember what happened a few pages ago and can recall a character's state of mind in the last scene or I would watch TV instead of reading / listening to a book. A story that was just good enough to finish [I had no other audio books to on a long car trip], but a presentation weak enough that I won't be listening to the next DeMille novel. The narration was wonderful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3173)
    Performance
    (2823)
    Story
    (2830)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Unique and insightful, best narration performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Harold Frye was an ordinary man who lived an ordinary life. The book is far from ordinary.

    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
    (7068)
    Performance
    (5017)
    Story
    (5006)

    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"
    "A story gone flat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Kathleen Grissom and/or Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin ?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Kathleen Grissom’s story?

    The character development inside what certainly is a historically interesting tale was painfully shallow. While this story did portray the plight of the human situation, it did so with characters largely devoid of the human spirit. This is as certain a disservice to the slaves, women, amd masters of the era as iit is to the reader today.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed I finished a book that I could tell early on was not worth the


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3953)
    Performance
    (3518)
    Story
    (3539)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "A story worth knowing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Killing Lincoln again? Why?

    The book reveals the complexity of the Lincoln assisination, an important point in US history I should have known more about.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill O'Reilly?

    Any good story teller rather than a writer or broadcaster. My wife gave up on the book because of the narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3332)
    Performance
    (1788)
    Story
    (1819)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "Family"
    Overall

    It was sad to reach the end of this audiobook. I will miss the Hat Creek gang, Lonesome Dove, and the country they explored. The narration was the finest of all audio books I have heard. Even with my hearing aids removed, I could distinguish every word and recognize every character. Too bad the book was not 60 hours instead of 30. What a pleasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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