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  • A Fortunate Life

  • By: A. B. Facey
  • Narrated by: Roger Cardwell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Born in 1894, Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer, survived the gore of Gallipoli, raised a family through the Depression and spent 60 years with his beloved wife, Evelyn. Despite enduring hardships we can barely imagine today, Facey always saw his life as a "fortunate" one. A true classic of Australian literature, his simply written autobiography is an inspiration. It is the story of a life lived to the full - the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A hard but amazing life

  • By Hamish on 10-15-16

A hard but amazing life

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

It's a slow start, and it's tough but realistic view of country Australia at the start and during the 20th century. The part on world war 1 at Gallipoli is incredible and post the first war interesting.

It's a hard life he endured but a fortunate one and that given many take-away's in my own life and I have the upmost respect for what he endured and what is told.

Definitely read this.

  • Diary of a Young Girl

  • By: Anne Frank
  • Narrated by: Helena Bonham Carter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, Anne Frank's diary is one of those unique documents, famed throughout the world.It portrays innocence and humanity, suffering and survival in the starkest and most moving terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So beautifully tragic

  • By David on 08-10-17

The Horror of War the Heart of just a Girl

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-16

A look into the story of a young girl surrounded by the horrors of a war that should never have happened.

The narrator was first class and delivers it as if it was Anne Frank herself.

A really great book, though knowing the end will come and not in the nice way diaries tend to be written these days it's abruptly sad and makes you question why the nazis were so evil and corrupt, let alone the horrible person responsible for betraying the frank family.

Ultimately it's a testament of what life was like living during those years and being holed up inside only to never escape happily.

Highly recommended

  • The Sun Also Rises

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: William Hurt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,707

The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with narration

  • By Mary Jo Ignoffo on 04-17-15

The Sun Rises ...slowly

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

Always wanted to read this, glad I have. I like Ernest's writing style and the bullfighting in the last third of the book was great to! Really want me to go see it (much to the horror of those poor animals)

The narrator did a great job with the male voices but the female voices were about awful it was sometimes hard to understand who was who as the narrators deep voice confused things.

I believe this is a book worth your time!

  • On Writing

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

In June of 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van while walking along the shoulder of a country road in Maine. Six operations were required to save his life and mend his broken body. When he was finally able to sit up, he immediately started writing. This book - part biography, part a collection of tips for the aspiring writer - is the extraordinary result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Part 'How to' part Autobiographical

  • By Karen on 09-10-12

Great book on King & Writing Basics

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Really Enjoyed this one. I'm not a writer but the information inside is obviously very good and comes from such an acclaimed author who knows his stuff.

It's nice to hear his voice and hear how he expresses memories he experienced vs a different narrator. highly recommended, and even more so if you do write or want to be an author.

  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sci-Fi Great

  • By Hamish on 07-23-15

A Sci-Fi Great

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

Loved it! Ernest Cline writes another engrossing book I can't stop read/listening to. Obviously hard to follow up after Ready Player One and many themes are similar here, but still delightful though at times it did sound a little too similar to Enders Game.

The narration is the the best! Will Wheaton is frickin amazing as the narrator. Different voices and characters come alive and just add and pump up this book to new heights.

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

  • By: Jordan Belfort
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Stock market multimillionaire at 26, federal convict at 36, he partied like a rock star, lived like a king, and barely survived his rise and fall as an American entrepreneurial icon. By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, enlightening but a bit long winded

  • By Karim on 02-06-17

Great Read, great performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-15

A great read, and even better performance. the audio presenter really gets into the role and conveys emotion and action of the story.

Loved It.
highly recommend everyone listening to it

  • The Power of Body Language

  • An Ex-FBI Agent's System for Speed-Reading People
  • By: Joe Navarro
  • Narrated by: Joe Navarro
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

Instantly discover what's really going on around you!Know the truth before you ever hear a word! Approximately 80% of communication is expressed nonverbally. When you know how to unlock the secrets of people's nonverbal cues, you'll always have the upper hand in any situation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helped me with my disabled daughter!!!!

  • By Jeanne on 05-13-16

get this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-15

loved it! really powerful and full of interesting tidbits of that you can use daily

0 of 1 people found this review helpful