The honesty of the story and compassionate delivery.
Damon's first major bleed as a toddler; the showdown with the Emergency Department just before Damon's death.
Humphrey Bower is AMAZINGLY talented! He is so adept at adapting his accents to each character, regardless of ethnic/national origin, he makes the story come totally alive. I have listened to most of Bryce Courtenay's books in part because of Bower's delivery. He is a wonder!
Bryce Courtenay's books have taught me so much of the various countries, areas and historical events and, now, about the experiences of a hemophiliac and his family. I had no idea - and I have worked in healthcare all my life!
I enjoy Michael Connelly's books but I will avoid ever having to endure another of Titus Welliver's sophomoric readings - dialogs were ok but in between? - boring and bored performance. He sounds as if he's just trying to get through the book without thinking about it. Michael Connelly deserves much better!
Yes - convoluted and clever
See comments above - he came close to causing me to abandon the book within the first couple of pages
It doesn't need one but it might be interesting - with a different reader!
Humphrey Bower is a fabulous performer with an amazing ability to give real personality to the various characters, so there is no doubt who is speaking. His talent for accents is outstanding!
It has to be Anna but Til (spelling?) is a second!
The characters' voices! He is so talented - there is no way to fully appreciate a book like this by simply reading it.
I can't think of anything that wouldn't sound trite - it is well-named.
I might have liked a more extended ending - it was a bit abrupt. Maybe Mr Courtenay didn't want to emphasize the details of Anna's withdrawal and recovery? Overall, though, I found it really educational since I was not well-versed in Australia's involvement with the Japanese in WW II. Great book!
When I could sort it out from the abysmal reading! I love good spy stories but I hate to have to work so hard at listening!
Almost anyone who has knowledge of the Russian language! Ron McLarty might have been my choice perhaps or maybe Wanda McCadden?
Jeremy Bobb almost destroys the content of the story with his complete lack of imagination and variation in tone. He sounds as if he were reading a textbook - it is hard to discern when one character ends a sentence and another responds. Keeping track of the storyline and political maneuverings is almost impossible since it is all read in the same monotone. What a disservice to the author to assign such a miserable reader to his extraordinary work!
I have not yet read the print version although I have ordered it. I listened to this as my morning meditation while riding the bus to work and it gave me lots to think about and be challenged by. I think I would have preferred Richard Rohr's reading of it although I did eventually get used to Kevin Pierce's voice.
It's not a "story" but a challenge and spiritual awakening.
I think that, in his attempt to be really clear and flawless, Kevin sounded too stiff and robotic. However, it was not as disturbing the longer I listened to him.
Definitely not - too much to reflect on! There is a gem in almost every paragraph! Lots of "aha" moments.
Read it! I have ordered extra copies to give to friends and I plan to read it to my husband each night, as I have been doing with Falling Upward, another Richard Rohr book.
This is yet another case of a great story in the wrong hands! Frank Muller gives each sentence the same weight as the next, whether describing a trivial act (such as pulling on a pair of gloves) or describing an erotic or fight scene. Daniel Silva is such a fabulous story-teller, it is disappointing to have one of his books be mauled by such an unimaginative narrator. Even the dialogue was so much less believable than it might have been. Sad!
I love David Baldacci's books but this reader should never be allowed close to one! His reading of prose was miserable - stabbed each sentence at the top of the octave regardless of its comtent and ended at the bottom! His dialog was marginally better. I almost ditched it before I finished the first chapter but my curiosity got the better of me! I am used to Ron McLarty's excellent rendition but Jonathan Marosz has got to go!
I was really fascinated by this story which revealed more of the secret machinations of men in powerful places during one of the most horrific and disturbing eras of recent history. The reader has an excellent delivery and his voice is easy to listen to. Good book!
This was the most wonderful, heart-breaking,joyful,maddening,most beautifully told book I have ever read/heard - listening to the stories instead of just reading them made it all SO real. I have been blessed to know and love women so like Abeline (what a fabulous reader!)and Minnie, particularly, but also like many of the other characters, and have heard their stories of the indignities and worse suffered by their families. It is more than time for these stories to be told. I never wanted this book to end and can't wait for Ms Stockett's next book to be offered by Audible.
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