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Timothy

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  • Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (160)

    In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year. From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature.

    Abby says: "One-note"
    "Pretentious"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have a pretty open mind and thought this was a book I was "supposed" to read. However, it started getting a little 'preachy' at points and I rapidly became disenchanted. The last straw was when he started saying you are pretty much an idiot if you don't read the classics in the native tongue they were written in. Pretentious and condescending...


    Has Thoreau: Walden / Civil Disobedience turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rupert Degas’s performances?

    Certainly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11923)
    Performance
    (7876)
    Story
    (7913)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazing Story"
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    What did you love best about Unbroken?

    This is incredible journey with amazing detail that is a tribute to the research effort of the author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Louis Zamperini is a hero and will always be an inspiration to me.


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

    Truly inspired.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Hugh Quarshie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    Hugh Quarshie reads the extraordinary autobiography of Solomon Northup. His harrowing true story, first published in 1853, was a key factor in the national debate over slavery prior to the American Civil War, significantly changing public opinion on the topic of abolition. It tells the horrifying tale of Solomon Northup, an educated, free black man living with his wife and children in New York State, whose life takes an appalling turn when he is kidnapped, drugged and sold into slavery.

    Joel says: "What an Experience"
    "It Will Make You Cringe"
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    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the description of the Christmas feast.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a tremendous recounting that provides gruesome insight into the details of the tragedy of slave life. Anyone with a conscience should read this to remind them how terrible humankind can be when we fail to do what is clearly right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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