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  • Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814

Emily’s tranquil domesticity with new husband Cyrus is interrupted when she is called to Hong Kong in pursuit of a vanished agent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as "light," but still Mrs. Pollifax

  • By Lisa on 01-30-13

Less fluff and more intrigue

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I almost did not get this book based on some of the other reviews. Many of the other reviews said this book was too dark. It was not. Ms. Polifax is a CIA operative. CIA operatives do end up in situations that often involve great harm to themselves. This is not the first story in the series that touched on this. I would say this book is well worth the listen. It it is definitely a bit different than the other books in the series but still has the same characteristically quirky but skillful Mrs pollifax.

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  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • By: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,508

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story

  • By Prisca on 04-30-10

A thoughtful yet technical rendering of a how one persons life changed science

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

The author did an amazing job of a weaving together a story of pain and suffering with the technical details of how the product of that pain has saved the lives of millions of people. The level of care and technical detail of this story will hold the attention of any reader or listener to the very end.

  • 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 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,378
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,900
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,843

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

Crew come to life!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

What did you love best about The Boys in the Boat?

I have known of the sport but have never known about how it worked. The author strung together a fascinating story that brought to life both the intricate details of the members of that winning Olympic team as well as the fine details of the sport.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boys in the Boat?

I enjoyed each moment especially the many come behind victories and the way the story was told about the building of a powerhouse sport on the West Coast of the US.

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

No.

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

All parts of it were moving.

  • Dark Tide

  • The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
  • By: Stephen Puleo
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Around noon on January 15, 1919, a group of firefighters were playing cards in Boston's North End when they heard a tremendous crash. It was like, "a roaring surf," one of them said later. Like, "a runaway two-horse team smashing through a fence," said another. A third firefighter jumped up from his chair to look out a window - "Oh my God!" he shouted to the other men, "Run!" A 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had just collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Pass it by Because You Don't Like Molasses!

  • By Matthew on 08-18-16

A fantastic story

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

Who would have thought that a story about molasses from 1919 would be relative to the geopolitical landscape of 2016? This story is intriguing and touches on several variables that are currently playing out in these United States. This book is a great story and a good telling of it.