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Valerie Ann

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  • 91 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2857)
    Performance
    (1662)
    Story
    (1668)

    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"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    What a wonderful read!
    Absolutely recommend. My husband and I both enjoyed this book
    and I have recommended it to my book club.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Toobin
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (181)

    Based on exclusive interviews with justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Supreme Court through personalities, from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas' well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd 19th-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore and Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.

    Stephen says: "Fascinating"
    "Very interesting!"
    Overall

    My husband and I both enjoyed this book.
    Thought I knew a lot but learned much about the personalities, politics and workings of the Supreme Court.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8439)
    Performance
    (6578)
    Story
    (6608)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Loved it/Hated it"
    Overall

    Brilliant writing...couldn't put this book down...was not sorry it was over. I know this is conflicting information but this book is well worth reading but the subject matter makes it difficult to enjoy. Read it, you won't be sorry.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Theocracy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Kevin Phillips
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    From Ancient Rome to the British Empire, Phillips demonstrates that every world-dominating power has been brought down by a related set of causes: a lethal combination of global over-reach, militant religion, resource problems, and ballooning debt. It is this same axis of ills that has come to define America's political and economic identity in the past decade.

    Miles C. says: "Excellent Work!"
    "Tough read!"
    Overall

    Thorough exploration of the subject. Not a page turner by any means but interesting and important to be aware. I do recommend it but fair warning author goes off on tangents but always comes back and ties it in.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5117)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1350)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "wonderful!"
    Overall

    Very different but just as good as "The Kite Runner". Excellent writing...couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kim Edwards
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (174)

    Kim Edwards' stunning family drama evokes the spirit of Sue Miller and Alice Sebold, articulating every mother's silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you?

    In 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins, he immediately recognizes that one of them has Down Syndrome and makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever.

    ciscospice says: "Is it over yet?"
    "soapy, but enjoyable"
    Overall

    Feel-good novel despite subject matter. Reads a bit like a soap opera even a bit simplistic but I must admit I enjoyed reading it. A bit wordy as well as pretty obvious plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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