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  • Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2164)
    Performance
    (1502)
    Story
    (1503)

    Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

    Angie says: "Brillant Narration"
    "Another fantastic read from Bryce!"
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    I have read several of Bryce Courtenay's books and have enjoyed them all, and this one is no exception. Without telling you the story, it is a story about two twin brothers coming of age amidst great misfortune in their lives and of the powerful bond that siblings, especially twins, can have.

    It was a very interesting read which kept me engaged the entire time, Bryce makes you care about these characters and want to know what happens next in their lives. The only thing that could be a negative for me is that I felt that the story ended a bit abruptly for my taste.

    I must also mention Humphrey Bower, he was BORN to read Bryce Courtenay's books; so perfect and talented in every way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6308)
    Performance
    (5356)
    Story
    (5372)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Fabulous!"
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    If you could sum up Winter of the World in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging historical fiction


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always like the historical information in Ken Follett's books.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Probably Lloyd


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could hardly put it down; I always wanted to find out what happened around every corner.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very rich, well woven, historical story about the effects of war, the courage that this can bring out in a person, love and family. It's got it all!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    Overall
    (4662)
    Performance
    (4185)
    Story
    (4182)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    Would you try another book from M. R. Carey and/or Finty Williams?

    probably not


    What was most disappointing about M. R. Carey’s story?

    In the beginning of the book, I was very engaged with the story, but then it started turning into a gory sci-fi story, which I don't enjoy.


    Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favorite?

    I guess the teacher


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was great, her voice is very pleasing to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boy's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (189)

    Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

    Kim Venatries says: "A Feast for the Senses!"
    "Fabulous read!"
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    What did you love best about Boy's Life?

    The entire storyline, the reminders of the "magic" of childhood that we sometimes lose touch of, the humor, and the case of complex characters made for a great read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Boy's Life?

    It saddened me when Corey was exposed to the dark side of the "real world" when he was away from his home town for a short time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had a lot of favorite scenes, but probably when Corey went to sit with his dad at the lake side, resulting in a meaningful scene.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Wonder Years, with a twist!


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked the TV show, the "Wonder Years", then you'll love this book. It is about a young boy's life in the 50's and the harsh realities of life as one grows older. There is a good amount of humor, a great storyline, some twists and intrigue, and a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (1544)
    Story
    (1534)

    On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

    L. O. Pardue says: "What a Ride!"
    "ZZZZZZZZZ....."
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    Would you try another book from Erik Larson and/or Scott Brick?

    It would depend on the topic.


    Would you recommend Dead Wake to your friends? Why or why not?

    If they happen to enjoy historical fiction in great detail, then I might, however, I am a fan of historical fiction but this book just dragged for me. So much unneccessary information; it was not engaging for me.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott Brick is an excellent narrator, however, I don't think he was the right choice for this book; his voice suggests doom around every sentence, and that got to be annoying for me.


    Do you think Dead Wake needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It was way too long as it was!


    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Nightingale

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1750)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1508)

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

    Linda says: "HEARTBREAKINGLY POIGNANT AND INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL"
    "A sad but fabulous story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Nightingale the most enjoyable?

    The narrator had a very pleasing voice to listen to


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Nightingale?

    The courage and stamina that it took to live during that time in history


    Which character – as performed by Polly Stone – was your favorite?

    Isabelle


    If you could take any character from The Nightingale out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would probably be Isabelle, she was a most inspiring and interesting character


    Any additional comments?

    I am always in awe of how those people survived those times in history; such a sad time. Learning about the hardships and how they survived is extremely interesting to me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25488)
    Performance
    (21188)
    Story
    (21171)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "A nice surprise!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would. It has many twists and turns and it keeps you guessing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl on the Train?

    Rachel's dreams.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators have very pleasing voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a refreshingly different mystery story, and it can be a bit slow sometimes, but it is worth the wait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (573)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "A fantastic, feel good story!"
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    Where does The Eighty-Dollar Champion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be one of the top ten books I've read. It is an awesome story of humanity, connectedness and kindness, which has an unbelievable story line, and it's a true story! I doesn't get better than this-


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Snowman and his owner are the main characters and they are both impressive, trusting, and awe inspiring characters.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Snowman


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

    My reaction to this story was a renewed love for the equine spirit and for the connectedness between a horse and its "in tune" and sensitive owner; such a gift of partnership and unconditional love.


    Any additional comments?

    Just read this story, you won't be sorry!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3992)
    Performance
    (3458)
    Story
    (3476)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Second Hand Smoke!!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not compelled to rave about this book to anyone; it's a good story, but not a great one. The story, I feel, is much longer than it needed to be. There were other reviewers that mentioned that there was a lot of "smoking" in the book. Well, they were right! But the story line seemed to glorify smoking, which is what bothered me. It was just not necessary or pleasant to have it in the story so much. The narrator has a very pleasing voice.


    Would you recommend The Secret Keeper to your friends? Why or why not?

    No I would not. It's not the kind of story that is a "stand out".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't think of a favorite scene.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Much Ado About Nothing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25195)
    Performance
    (23123)
    Story
    (23129)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "What a nice surprise!"
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    What did you love best about The Martian?

    I loved the humor of the main character and the scientific subject matter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A very well written, interesting throughout, and a very unique story.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, but I need to!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I was nicely surprised with this book; a very engrossing, entertaining and thought provoking story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4639)
    Performance
    (2151)
    Story
    (2141)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "It was ok"
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    If you could sum up The Brass Verdict in three words, what would they be?

    Courtroom without drama


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There was no character that really grabbed me.


    Did Peter Giles do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really, they all sounded similar. There are many negative comments about the narrator, and although he wasn't great and he was guilty of emphasizing at the wrong times, he wasn't too annoying or displeasing for me to tolerate listening to him; and I am kind of picky when it comes to narrators. I wouldn't avoid a good book if he was the narrator.


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Just a so-so courtroom drama; it kept my attention somewhat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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