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  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,131

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

The Potato Factory

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-10

Wow. Quite the story. I'm sure it would have been a brutal era in which to live. (I'm glad I didn't.) Some bits very graphic but they only convey the harshness of those times. Interesting story. Narrator does an excellent job with male and female voices. Even a little singing involved. REALLY enjoyed it. Now going on to book #2 in the series.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rainwater

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Victor Slezak
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

The year is 1934. With the country in the stranglehold of drought and economic depression, Ella Barron runs her Texas boardinghouse with an efficiency that ensures her life will be kept in balance. Between chores of cooking and cleaning for her residents, she cares for her 10-year-old son, Solly, a sweet but challenging child whose misunderstood behavior finds Ella on the receiving end of pity, derision, and suspicion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST read (or listen!)

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-11

Rainwater

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-09

Very sweet story. Predictable at times, could possibly make a great movie. A bit heartbreaking at times, but, that's to be expected based on the short description. Just the right length.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Crows

  • By: Maris Soule
  • Narrated by: Beth Richmond
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Beware the menace posed by a dying man, a sniper in the woods and killer ladybugs. Accountant P.J. Benson recently inherited her grandfather's farm in rural Michigan. During tax season, she has no time for outside interests, but when she's suspected in the murder of a stranger who dies in her dining room, she's forced to turn sleuth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Yawn.

  • By Steve on 10-18-09

Yawn.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-09

Started out interesting,....but never quite got interesting enough. 3/4 of the way through this mystery I still didn't care what the outcome was.
Narration kills this one. Remember Samantha Stevens from Bewitched? They way Samantha would talk when she was excited or trying to lie is the only thing I can think of here. Maybe it's just poor production/editing.
Story has great possibilites.....and I wanted it to go, it just didn't have enough gas.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,878

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

Did I get it right?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-09

I loved this book, and some people say they get bored, but just hold on. Several separate stories, all add/lead to the main story. I'm still not sure if I read more into it or not, (my genius brother says it is what it is), but, I think there is something under. Guess you'll have to read it for yourself.
OH !! The narrator is EXCELLENT !!! Best time I've ever had with an a/book, where the narrator had to create so many different voices...yet they were all identifiable. Incredible. Have listened twice already.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,942

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

Biggest surprise!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-09

WOW, I loved it. 5 stars. Don't hesitate to use a credit for this one. It was clever, exciting, funny, imaginative, surprising, and great!! Didn't want it to end.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Takedown

  • The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire
  • By: Rick Cowan, Douglas Century
  • Narrated by: Christopher Meloni
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Seldom has the netherworld of the Mafia been revealed with such fascinating detail and sheer suspense. Featuring eccentric, larger-than-life New York characters and an undercover cop on the brink of being discovered - and murdered - at every step, Takedown is a riveting real-life procedural and one of the most important investigative books of its time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Takedown

  • By Fred on 06-24-03

Takedown

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-09

I kept reading other reviews about how great this book is, but I wasn't impressed. All these mob stories are pretty interesting anyway, but a much better book in this category is Iceman. Wow. Now THERE'S a story.
I would consider this a "starter mafia" look into the genre. Some people are surprised, though I don't know why, at the cruelty of violence, and the harsh language. I didn't feel this book had much (if any?) overt violence at all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful