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Marge

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  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2967)
    Performance
    (1765)
    Story
    (1771)

    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"
    "IT'S NOT ABOUT BOXING, A great listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of One to be better than the print version?

    Although I haven't read the print version, this is a book that is perfect for audio. Set in South Africa, the reader does an excellent job separating the multiple characters in a beautiful accent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is an inspiration, riveting tale of how a young boy finds his way in life despite multiple hardships. It also does a wonderful job of exploring racial issues in South Africa from multiple perspectives.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He is able to switch back and forth seamlessly between characters.


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

    This is a story to savor and I was sorry to come to the end of the tale. An example of excellent storytelling.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a recommended book or I would have never found it. Whether truly a depiction of the author's childhood and life as a young man or just pure fiction, it was a delightful and thought provoking novel. Highly recommended

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When It's a Jar

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Holt
    • Narrated By Ray Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Maurice has just killed a dragon with a bread knife. And had his destiny foretold…and had his true love spirited away. That's precisely the sort of stuff that'd bring out the latent heroism in anyone. Unfortunately, Maurice is pretty sure he hasn't got any latent heroism. Meanwhile, a man wakes up in a jar in a different kind of pickle (figuratively speaking). He can't get out, of course, but neither can he remember his name, or what gravity is, or what those things on the ends of his legs are called…and every time he starts working it all out, someone makes him forget again.

    Marge says: "Clever, Adventurous, Unpredictable, Comic Fantasy"
    "Clever, Adventurous, Unpredictable, Comic Fantasy"
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    Where does When It's a Jar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Tom Holt's books are in a category by themselves. When you want to smile, take a dip in another world that is clever, entertaining, funny and take the reader to unexpected places--then take a journey into the world of Tom Holt.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of Tom Holt's books are funny and entertaining--yet not a word is wasted. It all makes no sense and yet perfect sense. This author ties up every loose end in an imaginative, comic ending.


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

    I cannot sum up the info in this book. Just read and enjoy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love the narration of this book. This narrator had done both of Tom Holt's books. I cannot listen to a book with poor narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Tom Holt is underappreciated in the US and much better known in Great Britain. I discovered him in a London book store and have been enjoying his books ever since. I plan on listening to all of the audio versions of the books I have read as I think his books lend themselves to audio--Very few books make me laugh out loud. Tom Holt consistently does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Rosie Thomas
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Sam McGrath, on impulse, follows a young woman all the way to Nepal. Finch Buchanan flies out as a doctor to an expedition, but she will be reunited with a man she has never been able to forget. And Al Hood has promised his daughter that once he has conquered this last peak he will leave the mountains behind forever. Everest towers over the group, silent and beautiful, watching as their relationships begin to play themselves out, with tragic consequences.

    Marge says: "Engrossing mountaineering adventure"
    "Engrossing mountaineering adventure"
    Overall

    Well read and well written. Climbing and a bit of romance--enjoyable to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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