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  • Brother Fish

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 31 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445

From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Just Another Fish Story - something special

  • By Rebecarol on 07-07-08

I rarely attempt a review

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I rarely attempt a review because there are so many more articulate readers doing such a wonderful job. Yet in this case I simply wanted to acknowledge not only Brother Fish as a excellent choice but the shear joy of listening to Humphrey Bower reading Bryce Courtenay’s books. Brother Fish is a tale, a voyage through the lives of some of the most interesting and well related characters you’ll find. If you appreciate well woven lives and times told by a masterful narrator you can’t go wrong listening this book. One of the many strengths of Courtenay for me is that I always listen to every word, rewinding if I am ever interrupted. That is rarely the case for me. Then there’s the sense of loss when the stories inevitably come to their ends. It’s always so satisfying and fulfilling and then immediately saddening for it all being over. Now that’s a good book.

  • The Collectibles

  • The Collectibles Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: James J. Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,882

"Do what the other fella can't. Be what the other fella ain't. And then help the other fella." Joe Hart has never let go of his uncle's words. An orphan from the unspoiled Adirondack Mountains, Joe leaves his humble beginnings and goes on to distinguish himself, first as a navy submarine commander, then as an attorney unequaled in his field. But Joe's world crashes with an unexpected tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a MUST READ!

  • By shelley on 05-10-16

Loved the book yet disturbed by...

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

I loved the book, especially the character of the characters. Yes it is a sweet story and yes it is pretty unusual considering what is most often marketable in today's world. I found it invigorating, touching and inspirational. I find a story about a life well lived satisfying. So a sap I'll cop to.

I'm a tad disturbed by those who found the book unworthy because it appears to have been placed in the wrong category. As if that is a sole consideration for a negative review. Don't like it, fair enough. Don't care for the character development or lack there of, got it. Hate the narrator, I've been there as well. But dinging a review because someone who more likely than not made the classification decision and was not the author disturbs me.

It feels like when your reading a review on another site for a product and a reviewer gives a bad review for something the post office, UPS or Fedex did. Or when they read the product description wrong and aren't happy with what they thought they were buying. Oh well, each to our own. Going to buy book 2 right now.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, beautifully told

  • By Mary on 03-27-11

For those who just like a good story!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

I don't feel competent enough to dissect a novel. My attention during school was usually focused on girls, sports and trying to figure out my place in my world and paying attention in class wasn't on that list. But I do know a pleasant story when I hear one. A story that keeps me interested enough to remember to put it back on when my busy schedule allows. This story was just the right amount of life for me. I think most of us good use just a simple good story and I highly recommend it. Cheers!

  • A Land Remembered

  • By: Patrick D. Smith
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877

In this best-selling novel, Patrick D. Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent historical tale

  • By Boysmom on 04-10-15

A Journey worth taking

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

Ok so I was admittedly drawn to the story as a native Floridian. The first chapter was a flashback of names and places I grew up with. But while it was intriguing to start with the story while filled with familiar aspects took me away on it's own merits. It could have been in the plains states, The East or West coast or just about anywhere man has found a home. Sure, this tale has many familiar themes. The twists and turns are about real life, nothing you haven't heard before yet it is. The narrator is suburb. Not with the variations of character voices but in the pacing and ability to transport you into the story. I got to walk along with the Mcclive's, eat, ride, fight and live with them. What more could you want? I can't imagine.

  • August: Osage County

  • By: Tracy Letts
  • Narrated by: Tara Lynne Barr, Shannon Cochran, Rosemarie DeWitt, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 392

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, featuring members of the original Steppenwolf Theatre and Broadway productions: Tara Lynne Barr, Shannon Cochran, Deanna Dunagan (Tony Award®, Best Leading Actress), Kimberly Guerrero, Francis Guinan, Scott Jaeck, Ron Livingston, Robert Maffia, Mariann Mayberry, Rondi Reed (Tony Award®, Best Featured Actress), and David Warshofsky. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Recorded by L.A. Thetare Works before a live audience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Side-Splitting and Heart-Breaking!

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-10-15

Loved the @&$?ing story

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

This is a gripping story of real world, real family dynamics enhanced by the ensemble cast format. The story encompasses circumstances that most of us who don't live in a make believe world can relate too. The dialogue supports the story that is being told with @&$?ing realism and conversational accuracy.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,697
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,890

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. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique children's story... Loved it!

  • By shelley on 12-04-17

10 Stars

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

We all enjoyed this wonderfully presented ensemble cast production of this well woven tale for the whole family. So will you.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,392
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,914
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,857

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Inspiring, mesmerizing, humbling, joyous!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-15

Others have spoken more eloquently than I can. Take a Listen and you'll be rewarded for your time quite well. Enjoy!

  • Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons)

  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Lewis FitzGerald
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Tribute to Fighting Australians

  • By Mark T Ryan on 04-25-11

Heartbreaking, Fabulous, Humbling, Horrific

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

War, stupidity, honor, death, courage beyond comprehension, insanity, loyalty, arrogance, duty, sorrow and so much more. Told in away that puts it all within the grasp of your minds eye. Even while you know you'll never know. Honor these men by listening to their story. Be taken to their time and place by a narrator of exceptional talent and amazing skill. This story was a honor to find and listen to and to be able to Highly Recommend!

  • My Early Life

  • By: Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

One of the classic volumes of autobiography, My Early Life is a lively and colourful account of a young man's quest for action, adventure and danger. Churchill's schooldays are undistinguished, but he is admitted to Sandhurst and embarks on a career as a soldier and a war correspondent, seeing action in Cuba, in India, in the Sudan - where he took part in the battle of Omdurman, of which he gives us a stirring account - and finally in South Africa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Adventures of a Glow Worm

  • By John on 08-10-15

Subject, Stories, Writing, Narration, oh my!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

It's all there for you to enjoy. No, it's not for everyone. You'll need to enjoy biographies, politics and of course from a literary standpoint war. But the insights into the early years of one of the most colorful lives of the 20th Century is so interesting and entertaining I can't see how you could be disappointed. The big bonus comes in the form of the narrator who can easily be imagined as Winston himself.

  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 25 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,040
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,033

After a brutal battle with the underworld that nearly destroyed him, Locke Lamora and his trusted sidekick, Jean, fled the island city of their birth and landed on the exotic shores of Tal Verrar to nurse their wounds. But even at this westernmost edge of civilization, they can't rest for long - and they are soon back doing what they do best: stealing from the undeserving rich and pocketing the proceeds for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant. Brutal.

  • By Carol on 08-08-13

So enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-02-15

Characters, plot twists, action, relationships etc. I so enjoy a good listen with an exceptional narrator to boot. Highly recommend!