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  • Days Without End

  • A Novel
  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,088

Thomas McNulty, having fled the Great Famine in Ireland and now barely 17 years old, signs up for the US Army in the 1850s and with his brother in arms, John Cole, goes to fight in the Indian Wars - against the Sioux and the Yurok - and, ultimately, in the Civil War. Orphans of terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and alive, despite the horrors they see and are complicit in. Moving from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning, disturbing, amazing

  • By Donna Deal on 07-28-17

Fascinating story of a hard life

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

This novel is so rich in early American history and an Irish immigrant's tale. Thomas is a kind man who fights bravely and loves deeply.
Mr. Kelly's Irish accent is perfect for this audiobook. I'm looking forward to listening to more of Sebastian Barry's books!

32 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • Tribe

  • On Homecoming and Belonging
  • By: Sebastian Junger
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Junger
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,424

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians - but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most profound book on the subject

  • By joseph on 05-26-16

The subtitle says it all!

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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

Any additional comments?

This is non fiction and a well researched book. The subject is how people need each other to feel connected. Through wars and trauma, if we feel a part of something bigger than ourselves - a community, a country, a tribe - we can make it through anything.

  • I Am Malala

  • How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
  • By: Malala Yousafzai
  • Narrated by: Archie Panjabi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,217

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than expected...

  • By Jan on 10-10-13

A wise child who educates everyone

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

Would you listen to I Am Malala again? Why?

I learned a lot about Islam, Pakistan, and the way the U.S. is perceived by Pakistani's.

What did you like best about this story?

Learning the history of Pakistan and the Swat Valley from Ms. Yousafzai, who clearly loves her homeland.

What about Archie Panjabi’s performance did you like?

Very well modulated and paced. She sounded just like I would expect Malala to sound - like a young woman!

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

The way Malala's father teaches her about the politics of the region and world, and why education is so important. It helped me understand why the Taliban was able to convince Pakistani's that they were the true followers of Islam. Educated Muslims knew that the Koran was subverted by the Taliban.

Any additional comments?

This is so much more than a biography - it's a wonderful history lesson too.

  • Spirited Away

  • A Novel of the Stolen Irish
  • By: Maggie Plummer
  • Narrated by: Whitney Webster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

In May 1653, young Frederica (Freddy) O'Brennan and her sister Aileen trust a stranger on an empty beach in western Ireland, inadvertently placing themselves in the crosshairs of Cromwell's notorious Reign of Terror. Freddy awakens in the crammed hold of a slave ship bound for Barbados. She and Aileen endure the gruesome voyage only to be wrenched apart when purchased at auction by sugar plantation owners from different islands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Excellent!! Excellent!!!!

  • By Julie F. Musgrove on 11-24-14

Didn't know about Irish slaves

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

Reviewed: 02-20-15

An interesting story of how two sisters are taken by slave traders from Ireland. The sisters are separated and one has a terrible master and the other has the kind you read about in Cinderella.
I had never known that there were Irish people forced into slavery so it was an eye opener. The narrator took away from the story by over acting and making every sentence a drama. Gave it a romance novel flavor which the story didn't warrant.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,813

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

What do we make of the life and choices we are giv

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

It took me a little while to get fully engaged in this audiobook. But the characters and what happens to them are intriguing. When they have choices, how do they chooses? Would I make the same choice in their situation? Doerr helped me see how little some people - especially young people, understood about what was going on outside their own school or village. And the sacrifices that some of them made once they learned the truth. Great story, excellent narrator - I'll be looking for more from both of them.

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,698
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,153

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Difficult childhood but rises way above it!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-14

Would you listen to Not My Father's Son: A Memoir again? Why?

I enjoyed the memoir because Cumming switches between his very successful present and the past. How he over came the abuse and rejection of his father is very admirable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alan Cumming appears to be a very sweet, kind, intelligent and caring man. I felt very sorry for his father who lost the chance to connect with a truly thoughtful son.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it was hard to stop listening. His narration was excellent - loved his Scottish Highland accent.