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Karen

Brandon, MB, Canada | Member Since 2004

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  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (362)

    Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    Heimo says: "deeply moving rollercoaster ride"
    "An exceptional audiobook experience!"
    Overall

    This is a truly memorable audiobook particularly for listeners who appreciate and want excellence both in writing and in narration. For many of us who have parents and grandparents (60+) who grew up in these times and have heard the stories of the Great Depression, homesteading, and wanderlust this story adds a deep dimension to our understanding of those times and comes very close to home on many occasions. For younger listerners, there is much to be gained by listening to this story. It is both historical and contemporary in its perspective family, responsibility, and true unselfishness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2869)
    Performance
    (2413)
    Story
    (2421)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Easy listening and a great escape"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Winter Sea in three words, what would they be?

    A rewarding diversion


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Graham who plays the solid, comfortable, self-confident male.


    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but really enjoyed the performance.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I usually go for intense, weighty stories but this was a delightful escape, easy to listen to and enjoy. The author developed a creative story line, which when coupled with Landor's performance, became a very satisfying listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3053)
    Performance
    (1297)
    Story
    (1290)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I will cast my lot with reviewers who found Scott Brick's narration tedious and annoying. I also found the 'hate' theme overdone. I am a fan of both DeMille and Scott Brick but this is definitely not their best effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (286)

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Tammy says: "Enthralling!!"
    "applause for a classic"
    Overall

    This is a must read/listen for anyone interested in pioneers of the Great Plains area of Canada and the US. Cather's descriptions are extremely well-written giving a great sense of place without excess wordiness. Her characters as well are developed through their deeds, actions and words without volumes of text to support them.As a result, the characters become 'real' humans, filled with loyalites,contradictions and dilemmas of everyday life. Finally, this book recalls a time when the influence of a natural landscape was most profound. Fans of prairie and pioneer history will truly enjoy this classic.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13259)
    Performance
    (5592)
    Story
    (5635)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "highly disliked"
    Overall

    I disliked everything about this audiobook - everything! The story and the narration plodded to the point of being ridiculous and annoying. The characters lacked depth and dimensions necessary to engage the listener. This is the first time in 40 audiobooks that I gave up after 8 hours of trying to find its redeeming qualities. Obviously I do not recommend the title and I am baffled why any one else would.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3005)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1807)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Outstanding production"
    Overall

    This is a 'must listen' audio book for a wide range of audiences. The superb narration and a excellent story make this an outstanding production.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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