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  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,438
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,217
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,165

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Interesting Depiction of Depression-Era America

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-16

It took me a chapter or two to get hooked, but i'm glad I stuck it out! A fascinating look at depression era America, Germany leading up to World War II, and a team's struggles to get to the Olympics. By the end, I was very emotionally invested in each character.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30,837
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26,097
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26,722

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fifty Shades of Bad Writing

  • By Susan on 05-04-12

Bad bad bad

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-15

Any additional comments?

So poorly written I couldn't get through it...just went in badly written circles.

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782

Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eluding the hired slave catchers. Aided by the underground railroad, Quakers, and others opposed to the Fugitive Slave Act, Eliza, her son, and her husband George run toward Canada. As the Harrises flee to freedom, another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent "down the river" for sale. Too loyal to abuse his master's trust, too Christian to rebel, Tom wrenches himself from his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent narrator

  • By Michael on 04-26-09

a classic well worth the time

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-10

I enjoyed this book. I don't know how historically correct it is but it is absolutely heartbreaking and entertaining at the same time. Definitely makes you think. Kept my interest the whole way through.

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  • The Cellist of Sarajevo

  • By: Steven Galloway
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Sarajevo, in the 1990s, is a hellish place. The ongoing war devours human life, tears families apart and transforms even banal routines, such as acquiring water, into life-threatening expeditions. Day after day, a cellist stations himself in the midst of the devastation, defying the ever-present snipers to play tributes to victims of a massacre. A true story of a cellist's resistance helps to form this pivotal event in Steven Galloway's extraordinary novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One wonders if humans will ever be civilized

  • By Elaine on 11-22-12

moving and engaging

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-10

I didn't want to get out of my car I was so engrossed in this novel.

  • One L

  • The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School
  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

One L, Scott Turow's journal of his first year at law school and a best seller when it was first published in 1977, has gone on to become a virtual bible for prospective law students. Not only does it introduce with remarkable clarity the ideas and issues that are the stuff of legal education; it also brings alive the anxiety and competitiveness, with others and, even more, with oneself, that set the tone in this crucible of character building.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A well-told and well-written account

  • By william c thill on 08-29-05

considering law school?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-10

I would highly recommend this book to anybody considering law school. There is no other book of its kind...it will definitely give you an idea as to what you're in for.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful