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Ann.

Abbotsford, B.C., Canada | Member Since 2002

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  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8770)
    Performance
    (6879)
    Story
    (6910)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL!"
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    This is the story of a young girl placed in a foster home on Himmel (Heaven) Street, Munich, Germany, just before WW2. Although they are poor and the foster mother swears like a heathen, it is a place of love in the midst of ignorance. I will not tell you who the story teller is but you will be surprised - at least I was. You will cry, you will laugh, but most of all you will be buoyed by the courage of the human spirit! Listen to this story. You will not be disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated By Daniel York
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    David says: "Stop browsing and get this Book"
    "SUPERB!"
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    Talk about suspense?!! I clenched my fists, held my breath, and agonised so much so that I just had to bookmark and skip to the last paragraph to see if they made it. I then went back to my bookmarked point and continued to clench my fists and forget to breathe. Daniel York does a fantastic job of narrating! His pronunciation of all those Asian names was impressive. I did stop to eat and sleep at night but other than that, I read this in one sitting. Superb!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Blaine Harden
    • Narrated By Blaine Harden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (521)

    North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped - but Shin Dong-hyuk did.

    Amanda says: "Worthwhile, but difficult on many levels."
    "TRAGEDY"
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    This is a story of suffering and tragedy, and we should all open our eyes to what is happening to our fellow humans. Unfortunately, the author, Blaine Harden, has little talent for the craft of writing, and absolutely NIL talent for narrating. Granted, it was like pulling teeth to get Shin to open up and tell Harden anything and we are lucky get some semblance of coherence once pen was put to paper. With good editing and a professional narrator, this could have been a best seller and Shin and the author would have gained much needed funds. Having said that, I still recommend you add this to your list of “must reads”. Just be prepared to suffer through (in union with suffering humanity?) the worst narration on the planet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vision Impossible: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (294)

    Abby Cooper, the FBI's newest civilian profiler, is adding "spy" to her resume. The military's digital photography software that captures one's aura - just like Abby can - sits in a drone aircraft that's been stolen. It's a major breach in security, as every country's leader can be identified by their aura.... Abby springs into action to stop the criminals before they set their diabolical plan into motion, while making herself a prime target.

    Sho Sunaga says: "Mission impossible??"
    "INNANE AND VAPID"
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    This story leaves me yawning and my mind wandering. Even the narrator gave up trying to do something with it. All the character voices sound the same. The "My fiancé" line is used ad nauseam.

    Victoria, for your information, U.S. $1,000,000.00 equals Can.$ 915,818.20 at today’s rate (August 08, 2014). Not quite at par but close. In this case you would round up, not down to half a million. https://www.google.ca/#q=1%2C000%2C000+canadian+dollars+equals+how+many+u.s.+dollars%3F

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nina Teicholz
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (116)

    Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! In this well-researched and captivating narrative, veteran food writer Nina Teicholz proves how everything we've been told about fat is wrong. For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of "bad" saturated fats. We obediently complied with nutritional guidelines to eat "heart healthy" fats found in olive oil, fish, and nuts, and followed a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, and grains. Yet the nation's health has declined. What is going on?

    Ted says: "Great book. Challenges your belief system."
    "INSPIRING!"
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    If you are straddling the fence as to “should I or shouldn’t I” eat a high fat diet, read this for some definitive answers. It seems to me that, nutritionally, we are living in primitive times. Nina Teicholz, along with a growing body of intelligent, concerned intellectuals, is taking us one more step towards enlightenment. We have got to do something about the obesity and diabetes epidemic and Nina has certainly done her bit towards that end. Highly recommended!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Colin Woodard
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (450)

    North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

    Theo Horesh says: "One of a Kind Masterpiece"
    "FASCINATING AND SCARY!"
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    This is a small work that packs a great deal of history. As one on the outside looking in, I never could understand why the U.S. government is so dysfunctional. Now I know. President Obama was right when he said, “We are not a red state and a blue state”, but wrong when he said, “we are the united states of America”. According to this author, the U.S. is made up of a number of “nations” so diametrically opposed to each other that they just can’t find a way to get along. Being of Scottish, Irish and French descent, I’ve always known that my Scots/Irish ancestors were a wild bunch, but, heavens to betsy, they sure have made a mess throughout history in the U.S. Between ethnic tensions, religion, racial discrimination and greed, it’s hard to see how U.S. citizens can untangle themselves from the knotted skein that is throttling them.

    I listened to this book almost non-stop and was very sorry when it came to an end. The narrator could have read a little slower as there was so much I wanted to savor. I will listen to it again very soon.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3266)
    Performance
    (2969)
    Story
    (2981)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "A RIVETING MORAL DILEMA."
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    My God, this is a beautiful story! You will laugh, you will cry, and you will have very deep thoughts.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9982)
    Performance
    (7455)
    Story
    (7495)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "HISTORICAL FICTION"
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    I am amazed at the negative reviews of this book! I think this historical fiction series is absolutely wonderful, highly educational, i.e., medieval culture with witches, vampires etc. thrown in for fun - although in medieval times, it wasn't much fun for the poor souls who were burned at the stake. It’s a winning mix and I highly recommend the series. I can’t wait for the third book to come out! What a great way to learn about other times and places. But then, I enjoy historical fiction because I have such a need to learn while I am being entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luck in the Shadows: Nightrunner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lynn Flewelling
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (219)

    Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things, none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice, things may never be the same for either of them. Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. Before long he and Seregil are embroiled in a sinister plot that runs deeper than either can imagine and that may cost them far more than their lives if they fail. But fortune is as unpredictable as Alec's new mentor.

    David says: "A really good story. (What homosexuality?)"
    "DREADFUL NARRATION!!!!"
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    Because I loved the Tamir series so much, I went ahead and bought the first two books in this series. I have plodded my way through the first half of the first book and the narrator is driving me CRAZY! What a disaster! I simply cannot go further. For heaven's sake, who chose this man? I have been so distracted from the story that I couldn't give an honest review of the characters or plot. SAVE YOUR MONEY.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Alter
    • Narrated By Jonathan Alter
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    In The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, Jonathan Alter uses his unmatched access and deep knowledge of politics and history to produce the first full account of America at the crossroads. He pierces the bubble of the White House and of the presidential campaigns with exclusive reporting and rare historical insight. More than a campaign book, this is the epic story of an embattled president facing a historic moment he considered more pivotal than 2008.

    Mike says: "The Best Telling of the 2012 Campaign So Far"
    "THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY."
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    This is a great book! Could not put it down. The battle going on between two ideologies in America today is comparable to a war, with al that that implies. Jonathan Alter's description of the battle between the center and the right is riveting! There is as yet, no clear winner. Only history will tell.

    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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