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Julie

Kapaau, HI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • In Sunlight and in Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    New York in 1947 glows with postwar energy. Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, returns home to run the family business. In a single, magical encounter on the Staten Island ferry, the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale falls for him instantly but too late to prevent her engagement to a much older man. Harry and Catherine pursue one another in a romance played out in postwar America’s Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, and the haunts of gangsters.

    Leslie says: "Great Insomnia Listening"
    "too wordy"
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    This author just goes on and on with his descriptions. I found my mind wandering off because of all of the unnecessary imagery.

    1 of 1 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
    (5381)
    Performance
    (4555)
    Story
    (4565)

    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"
    "I hated to have it end!"
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    I've now read the first two books in the trilogy - can't wait until the third one comes out. I liked this one even better than the first. The characters are all interesting and it's fun the way their lives continue to intertwine with each other. So far I've loved every Ken Follett book I've read and this one was no different - couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Even though you have some knowledge of the historical events that are about to happen, you get a more personal take on them. Even though it's fiction, it feels very real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Secret Kept

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children. How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? Suddenly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way.

    Janice says: "Couldn't finish"
    "An enjoyable read"
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    Where does A Secret Kept rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better audible books I've listened to. It's the second book I've heard with Simon Vance as a reader, and I will look for others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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