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Shawnee Mission, KS, United States
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  • Solomon's Song

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 19 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639

Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I hoped for.

  • By John on 02-11-11

Really? ...but it had such GREAT potential!!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-13

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Books one and two of the trilogy were wonderful and lead the reader to a hopeful resolution of the 'greed' the family relationships were built on. This third book, Solomon's Song, had everything going for it ...great storyline ...terrific characters ...greed ...right vs wrong. But a total change in direction of the book takes the reader on a voyage through the history of Australia in WWI and brings it all to a grinding halt ...literally ...in a small one paragraph ending. Mr Courteney's need to voice anti-war sentiment could have been done in a completely different book. Listen closely to the intro, it truly lets the reader know what is ahead! Read it for the resolution of Tommo and Hawk's family then stop ...unless of course you want an education in Australian war history. (When Ben ships out the trilogy ends)

  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Gigi Bermingham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,053
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203

To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narration Take 2

  • By Carol on 02-27-08

There is something familiar about this reader.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-11

Have never, well maybe once-upon-a-time-long-long-ago, left a review. Two days ago I started this book and was ASTOUNDED there was a new narrator! Marguerite Gavin was the perfect reader :)


After listening to the first few minutes of Gigi Bermingham reading this book, the anticipation of being able to listen to another entertaining book of Kim Harrison's quickly dissipated. The numerous mispronunciations, horrible and irratating character voices and the obvious fact Gigi had never listened to earlier books and taken the time to get a feel for the storyline has driven me to the bookstore to purchase the book in print and write run-on sentences!


Finally, I kept thinking there was something familiar about this new reader. Figured it out ...she sounds exactly like a grade school teacher! Remember when the teacher would read aloud and emphasize words so you would remember them? Every time Gigi said the word "blood" I thought "yes I know, I know ...this will be on the test later!"

  • The Secret Life of Bees

  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482

Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secret Life of Bees

  • By France on 02-18-03

Such a pleasure ...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-05

I could feel the emotions of this young girl and the wonderful women in her life. Kidd does such a nice job bringing this touching story to life. The book is full of hope for all those who suffer through some of lifes difficulties.