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James

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2426)
    Performance
    (2143)
    Story
    (2134)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "I had a hard time with heavy accent of Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or the narrators?

    I love audiobooks and I love this author. I loved Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found the heavy accent of the narrator to be hard to listen to and follow. I will need to actually read this book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have a hard time with heavy accents you might consider actually reading this book. I had to listen so intently I couldn't relax and enjoy the story. I tried three times and finally just gave up. You might consider listening to a sample of this book before you buy the audio book.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amanda Knox
    • Narrated By Amanda Knox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (287)

    Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit. In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment. After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge. Free at last, she returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.

    Brock says: "A Fascinating Story- Buy it now!"
    "Worthwhile, she and Raffaelle deserve to be heard."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Waiting to Be Heard to be better than the print version?

    I loved the Audio version because she narrated it. If anyone knows this story it is her.


    What did you like best about this story?

    With all she has been through, she found ways to be productive while in prison rather than having a pity party. Impressive.


    What about Amanda Knox’s performance did you like?

    Nobody can tell the story better than the person who lived it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but I have followed this story for years and it was good to get the sequence of events as they happened.


    Any additional comments?

    Amanda, her family and friends should be very proud. This is a good bit of work that had to be heart wrenching to relive in the writing and then again in the narrating. She is obviously a smart, articulate young person. Based on what I know of her from this book I have a sense she will use her language skills, and situation to return the favor and be an advocate for others who are wrongfully incarcerated. Amanda you are an impressive and strong young woman and have vaulted into being a hero for your strength and resolve. Welcome Home.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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