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  • Black Dove, White Raven

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Lauren Saunders, Maanuv Thiara
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Emilia and Teo's lives change in a fiery, terrifying instant when a bird strike brings down the plane their stunt pilot mothers are flying. Teo's mother dies immediately, but Em's survives and is determined to raise Teo according to his late mother's wishes - in a place where he won't be discriminated against because of the colour of his skin. But in 1930s America, a white woman raising a black adoptive son alongside a white daughter is too often seen as a threat.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow

  • By Gloria B. Winters on 10-14-17

Great listen. Great production.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

Loved the story and the narrator's. Listening again. Well worth your time to listen.

  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,946

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book

  • By Suzn F on 07-21-13

One of the best books I have ever listened to.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

Where does Code Name Verity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listened to many and this is very high on my list of favorites. I remarked to someone the other day that this is a book I want to listen to again. Not many get the comment from me. The narration was superb and the story, though fiction, was so believable. The characters were so real and perfectly presented making me totally forget it was a work of fiction. The way Ms. Wein weaved the truth in to the story was a work of genius. Tremendous to listen to. I am hoping for another great book from this author. I want to say a huge thank you for producing such a wonderful story.

What did you like best about this story?

I am not sure I can put a "best" but I think it might be the vindication of Queenie at the end. I believed in her and did not judge her for divulging information at the time of her torture. I actually loved the humanness she displayed and was so happy to find she absolutely gave out no good info. I loved the friendship of these two women.

What does Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Their passion, their wonderful voices, their ability to express the emotions of the moment, the different accents, the sophistication. Kudos to them both. I wish to hear them again.

Who was the most memorable character of Code Name Verity and why?

Of course Verity was the most remarkable to me. She had such qualities and talents.

Any additional comments?

I loved Verity but I also loved all of the characters. It was such a believable story with so many twists and turns. I accidently went back to the beginning on my Kindle but thought, who cares, and I started to listen at the beginning again.

  • The Borgias

  • Celebrated Crimes, Book 1
  • By: Alexandre Dumas père
  • Narrated by: Robert Bethune
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language - has minced no words - to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the first of the series, Dumas tells the luridly sexy, amazingly violent, and strikingly amoral story of the three most famous members of the Borgia family - Pope Alexander VI, Lucrezia, and above all Cesare.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I can't endure any more

  • By Theodore on 11-16-14

I can't endure any more

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

Reviewed: 11-16-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The title is a far cry from the story I thought I would be listening to. All about Popes and characters the enter and leave the scene without any substance. Like listening to a conversation about someone else's acquaintances and being left without a clue about these people or even wishing to have a clue.

What was most disappointing about Alexandre Dumas’s story?

Subject according to title has not bearing on the story if there is a story.

What didn’t you like about Robert Bethune’s performance?

I would go nuts having to read this book to record. He did a fine job.

What character would you cut from The Borgias?

I would cut the stuff after the beginning to the end. The rest is fine.

Any additional comments?

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS TRIPE.

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  • Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer

  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

In the form of warm, relaxed letters to a close friend, C. S. Lewis meditates on many puzzling questions concerning the intimate dialogue between man and God. He considers practical and metaphysical aspects of prayer, such as when we pray and where. He questions why we seek to inform God in our prayers if he is omniscient, whether there is an ideal form of prayer, and which of our many selves we show to God while praying.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging

  • By Kirk Hayes on 12-12-11

I have a better understanding of prayer.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-12

What did you love best about Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer?

The personal touch. I had a real sense of the character of C.S. Lewis. What a remarkable thinker he is. I laughed, smiled, reflected, determined to be more fervent in prayer, and listen to this audible a few more times.

What did you like best about this story?

A friendship between two men who respected each other and loved each other though they differed in their understanding of God. It was refreshing to see two men

Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

I would say C.S. Lewis.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The time when C.S. Lewis talked of Malcolm's son and they joked about his future and then the boy was possibly in dire straights. The words of comfort C.S. Lewis gave were moving.

Any additional comments?

Reading or listening to the writing of C.S. Lewis makes me want to read all that he wrote. I am not totally clear on all that was spoken in the audio but his intellect is far above mine. Still I glean much from what I hear. Thanks for making this an audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Jihad

  • Political Thrillers Series #1
  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085

Jon Bennett is a top Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor. But nothing has prepared him for the terror that he will face. Saddam Hussein dispatches his top hit men to assassinate the President of the United States. Iraqi terrorists spread carnage throughout London, Paris, and Riyadh...and the Butcher of Baghdad has a nuclear ace in his hand that he has not yet played.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best

  • By Chris on 07-29-08

Hopefully this work of fiction stays that way.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Possibly. I did feel it dragged somewhat and the female voice done by the narrator was unrealistic. The two women in the story were supposed to be young and beautiful and the attempt at the female voice left something to be desired. He did a better job at it than I could have.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Leave out some detail about the weapons and other technical stuff. I did not follow the story well since I am ignorant of a lot of the geography and history. Not the books fault.

How could the performance have been better?

The action scenes were good especially at the end. I think the banter between some of the characters was somewhat hokey.

Did The Last Jihad inspire you to do anything?

Pray for the peace of Israel.

Any additional comments?

The book was entertaining but it made me think I should be listening to non-fiction rather than fiction. I listened to Wild Swans and that was great. Next, I am going to get Mao.Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is a family history that spans a century, recounting the lives of three female generations in China, by Chinese writer Jung Chang.

  • Wild Swans

  • Three Daughters of China
  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 22 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book and great audio-book!

  • By AEL on 12-22-11

Eceptional Writer, historically informative

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

Reviewed: 02-01-12

Would you listen to Wild Swans again? Why?

I would listen again because there is so much information regarding the three generations covered in the book. I just purchased the book

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author.

What does Joy Osmanski bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a pleasant voice and I found her easy to listen to. I don't think I can chose one over the other. I find listening when I have the time a good way to

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the death of the grandmother was tragic because in my mind it brought to the fore the terrible atrocities that were perpetuated when the communists were seeking power and doing all manner of evil to their own people under Mao.

Any additional comments?

I lived in China on and off for four years and taught English in an upper middle school and two universities. I knew something about Mao and actually tried to find some information on Lei feng but it is sparse. Mostly I heard he was a kind soldier who helped people. The book gave me a more complete history and I found it intriguing and informative. Having lived in China I know Mao is highly revered and with the revisionist history and the propaganda machine, the Chinese people seem unquestioning about their past. The author of this book did the one thing that frustrated me when I was talking to Chinese who did not do this and that is questioning.

I made friends in China and I spoke to her about Mao and the horrible things he did and her response was:

2 of 2 people found this review helpful