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alana

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Good Lord Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By James McBride
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (280)

    Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town - with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry - whom Brown nicknames Little Onion - conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 - one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

    Melinda says: "An Interesting Re-Telling of a Little Known Man"
    "great narrating in this book"
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    I'm an Audible fan generally, but found Michael Boatman's reading of this to be especially compelling. A fun story about a young slave who witnesses the zany John Brown in his exploits and misadventures.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13541)
    Performance
    (11888)
    Story
    (11939)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Uggh the reader on this is horrible!"
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    I love this book but i would NOT recommend listening to it, even though I liked listening to books 3 and 4. Roy Dotrice, the reader, pauses at weird times and overall sounds like he's about to keel over and die while reading. I've taken to play it double time since he reads so slowly, and the way he does women characters is to make them all sound like PMS-ing harpies. Also, the audio book is about three times more expensive than the hardcover. Save your credits and buy the hardcover. This reading gives me a headache.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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