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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 24,439
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,218
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,166

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

Inspirational!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

I lived in Seattle for 13 years and didn't know about this true story. I am in such awe of this team and the generation they represent. This is a must read on my list!

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,326

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

I LOVED this book . . . Especially LISTENING to it

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

The narrator of this book was AMAZING! Great story which was enhanced by the performer!

What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

His voice, accent, German pronunciation; he made this book SO enjoyable for listening!

Any additional comments?

A MUST listen!

  • The Orphan Master's Son

  • A Novel of North Korea
  • By: Adam Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,718

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most compelling listen I've ever owned

  • By Lisa on 01-27-12

Powerful, eye opening

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

Reviewed: 04-20-15

A must read. I appreciate the effort Adam Johnson made to make the details factual, but utilize the novel form to bring it all to life.

  • Sea Glass

  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Judith Ann Gantly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Honora and Sexton are just settling into their new marriage, and have just bought their beloved New Hampshire house, when the economy crashes and everything in their world changes. Anita Shreve presents a "literary novel of the caliber and craft of Edith Wharton or Henry James," says the Baltimore Sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant surprise!

  • By Deneen on 08-09-03

Fun read

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

Reviewed: 12-05-12

What made the experience of listening to Sea Glass the most enjoyable?

The book has an interesting plot which weaved together the history of the time period (beginning of the Great Depression) with a believable group of characters. The issues presented in the story provided a good selection of topics for our Book Club's discussion including union vs. management in the mills of the northeast, effects of the Great Depression, ethics in marriage, etc.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Honora Beecher - she was a nice combination of hard working, kind and strong.

What does Judith Ann Gantly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her presentation was pleasant and confident which enhanced the experience as it seemed similar to the main character Honora Beecher

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

Honora - I would want to tell her that not giving in to her desires was not a mistake, but another example of her honorable character demonstrated throughout the story.