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  • The Big Bam

  • The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
  • By: Leigh Montville
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Babe Ruth was more than baseball's original superstar. For 85 years, he has remained the sport's reigning titan. He has been named Athlete of the Century...more than once. But who was this large, loud, enigmatic man? In The Big Bam, Leigh Montville brings his trademark touch to this groundbreaking, revelatory portrait of the Babe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Big Bam

  • By Alan on 06-13-06

It’s the Babe!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I haven’t read a baseball book in a long while but when I saw the narrator was Scott Brick - I’m in. The story moves along quickly, more focused on the man than on his baseball prowess. There is enough about baseball to keep fans reading, but enough character study to keep avid readers enthralled.

Scott Brick narrates the book. Enough said - he’s the best in the business.

  • The Last Days of Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Graham Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history - and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul's client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the lightbulb and holds the right to power the country?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite book of 2016

  • By Taryn on 12-19-16

Tremendous from the first Word.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

It begins with the narrator. Johnathan McClain is spectacular flowing between cast members and how eloquently he spoke as the various characters. One could simply feel the agony in several of his characters. The story is more complex than meets the eye (or ear) . The writing was authentic and real, the genuine care between the castmates is compelling. The richess of the voice processing caused readers to care ab out a separated family member. It was simply great.

  • Like a River from Its Course

  • By: Kelli Stuart
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

An epic novel exposing the ugliness of war and the beauty of hope. The city of Kiev was bombed in Hitler's blitzkrieg across the Soviet Union, but the constant siege was only the beginning for her citizens. In this sweeping historical saga, Kelli Stuart takes the listener on a captivating journey into the little-known history of Ukraine's tragedies through the eyes of four compelling characters who experience the same story from different perspectives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding narrator of a compelling story.

  • By DB on 05-07-18

Outstanding narrator of a compelling story.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

You should listen to this book for no other reason than Romy Nordlinger. She is remarkable moving from character to character in her voice, but also emotion. She captures the moments of emotion that make the listener care about and for the characters in the book. For the most part the story moves quickly enough with just a little slower pace in the last few 2 or 3 chapters.

Eloquently written, Kelli Stuart does not sugar coat what was happening, and she identified the bad guys were not always German. A genuine look into what compels people forward while others simply die. Ms. Stuart weaves the story together in a believable fashion without reaching a cliche'd ending - rather the book finishes strong by examining the decisions made by people in desperate times that changed the course of family trees. Highly recommended.

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  • Surviving the Fatherland

  • A True Coming of Age Love Story Set in WWII Germany
  • By: Annette Oppenlander
  • Narrated by: Naomi Jacobson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Spanning 13 years from 1940 to 1953 and set against the epic panorama of WWII, author Annette Oppenlander's Surviving the Fatherland is a sweeping saga of family, love, and betrayal that illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the children's war.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth my time

  • By alice webber on 06-12-18

Interesting perspective of WWII

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

So to call this a coming of age love story is a bit of a stretch. It is a compelling narrative on the conditions of war and unseen consequences. It is a compelling character study. It is a heartfelt examination of family life and relationships. The storytelling is amazing and the authors work is tremendous.

The narrator is inconsistent. At times she is mesmerizing and other times stiff and monotone. If you can get through that it is a tremendous story well worth the listen.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful