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  • Coming Home

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 40 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729

Set against the backdrop of an elegant Cornwall mansion before World War II and a vast continent-spanning canvas during the turbulent war years, this captivating story tells of an extraordinary young woman's coming of age, coming to grips with love and sadness, and in every sense of the term, coming home.... In 1935, Judith Dunbar is left behind at a British boarding school when her mother and baby sister go off to join her father in Singapore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best enjoyed as an audio book

  • By amazonbuyer on 06-08-18

What’s not to love!

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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: 11-15-18

I completely enjoyed every moment of this audio book. Rosamunde Pilcher’s writing style simply pulls you in and doesn’t let go.

  • A Passion for Nature

  • The Life of John Muir
  • By: Donald Worster
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

"I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer," John Muir wrote. "Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness. My own special self is nothing". In Donald Worster's magisterial biography, John Muir's "special self" is fully explored as is his extraordinary ability, then and now, to get others to see the sacred beauty of the natural world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good biography for historical perspective

  • By Harold W. Wood Jr. on 05-15-14

Proselytizing

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

This book is a blatant attempt to steal the story of John Muirs life and smash it into some anti Christian thesis. You’d come away from this “biography” thinking not that John Muir was a great naturalist but rather a revolutionary preacher of antichristian belief.

I have no doubts that Muir was not some poster child for Orthodox Christian belief, but this author is absurd and obnoxious in his almost psychopathic focus on religion. Every story is twisted to show some non Christian narrative. It gets old quickly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crossing to Safety

  • By: Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 699

One of the finest American authors of the 20th century, Wallace Stegner compiled an impressive collection of accolades during his lifetime, including a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a National Book Award, and three O. Henry Awards. His final novel, Crossing to Safety is the quiet yet stirring tale of two couples that meet during the Great Depression and form a lifelong bond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Stegner and his beautiful last book

  • By Rebecca on 11-16-13

Amazing.

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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: 08-02-16

Simply the best, most poignant novel I've ever had the privilege of listening to. The performance is as perfect as the writing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Silence

  • By: Shusaku Endo
  • Narrated by: David Holt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,687

Recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, it has been called Endo's supreme achievement" and "one of the twentieth century's finest novels". Considered controversial ever since its first publication, it tackles the thorniest religious issues of belief and faith head on. A novel of historical fiction, it is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable

  • By Helgi Sigurbjörnsson on 10-12-17

Amazing novel, mediocre performance (editing)

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

I cannot state enough that this is a poignant, incredible novel. It is so very worth your time and money.

The narration is ok - but the editing is atrocious. I continuously hear swallowing and spit and breathing. This is entirely inappropriate for a narrator - I get it is impossible not to make these noises but they should be edited out like almost every other novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Macbeth

  • Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)
  • By: William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker, Nick Murchie, Coralyn Sheldon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Experience Macbeth as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Love the Commentary

  • By Amelia on 07-11-09

Great!

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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: 04-11-15

The commentary is excellent, but if you desire no commentary there is an unabridged and uncommentaried version at the end of the audiobook. I can't recommend Shakespeare Appreciated enough.

  • The Children of Hurin

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,161

There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful and Disturbing

  • By Catherine Collins on 12-19-09

Amazon tragedy

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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: 04-08-15

Christopher Lees narration is amazing, and of course the novel is beautifully written. I keep coming back, I've listened to it three times now.

  • Gardens of the Moon

  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1
  • By: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 26 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,267

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting, and bloody confrontations with ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen’s rule remains absolute, enforced by her dreaded Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, their lone surviving mage, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities, yet holds out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An engrossing yet demanding high epic

  • By Adnan on 11-20-12

A confusing mass of characters

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-15

This was well performed, but remains an utterly confusing mass of characters and unexplained magic. Unexplained magic isn't that bad, but when unexplained magic resolves the plot it feels cheap.