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  • Karolina's Twins

  • A Novel
  • By: Ronald H. Balson
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107

From Ronald H. Balson, author of the international best seller Once We Were Brothers, comes a saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor's quest to fulfill a promise, return to Poland, and find two sisters lost during World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impeccable writing and superlative narration make this book a winner

  • By Leonora on 02-03-17

A wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

A tale of love and triumph springing from the tragedy of World War II.Good can truly come from bad.

  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,486
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,719

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

Another jewel in the crown

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

This is another marvelous chapter in the story of Kingsbridge and its denizens. I heartily recommend it for anyone who likes historical fiction.

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,395

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

Do NOT pass this book up!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

This is one of the best books in ANY format...written, the movie (which is titled Simon Birch) and especially the audiobook. This, like all of Irving's books, is simply wonderful. I can't recommend this highly enough.

  • All the Winters After

  • A Novel
  • By: Seré Prince Halverson
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,264

Kachemak Winkel never intended to come back to his hometown of Caboose, Alaska, where his family died in a plane crash 20 years earlier. When he finally musters the courage to return and face his painful memories, he's surprised to find a mysterious young woman living in his abandoned house.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ambivalent

  • By Bonnie on 04-21-16

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

This is such a beautiful book and the narration is its equal. I mainly listen in my car and found myself taking the long way home more than once so I could soak up more.

  • Drums Along the Mohawk

  • By: Walter D. Edmonds
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936

Drums along the Mohawk, Walter D. Edmonds' masterpiece, is not only the best historical novel about upstate New York since James Fenimore Cooper, it was also number one on the bestseller list for two years, only yielding to the epic Gone with the Wind. This is the story of the forgotten pioneers of the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary War. Here Gilbert Martin and his young wife struggled and lived and hoped.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Robert on 09-06-15

Fabulous Tale

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

I love historical fiction and this book did not disappoint. I learned a lot about the Revolutionary War and the participants thereof that I did not know before.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,563

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Marvelous Read

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

I cannot say enough good things about this book. It is so beautifully written and the narration is fantastic. I mainly listen in my car and at one point I was moved to tears and actually had to pull off the road until I could compose myself. I will probably listen to this again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Barkskins

  • A Novel
  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 25 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 940

In the late 18th century, Rene Sel, an illiterate woodsman, makes his way from Northern France to New France to seek a living. Bound to a feudal lord, a seigneur, for three years in exchange for land, he suffers extraordinary hardship, always in awe of the forest he is charged with cleaning. Rene marries an Indian healer with children already, and they have more, mixing the blood of two cultures. Proulx tells the stories of the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of two lineages, the Sels and the Duquets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awe-Inspiring, Far-Reaching Epic

  • By W Perry Hall on 06-30-16

Another Winner for Proulx

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-17

I love everything I have ever read by Annie Proulx and this book is no exception. Well researched, well written and a very pleasant listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Code Name Verity

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,944

Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book

  • By Suzn F on 07-21-13

Easy Listen

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

I love books about World War II and I found this to be well written and wonderfully read. I would recommend this to history fans.

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,706

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So many 'hard to listen to' moments

  • By jksullycats on 12-27-16

Just as the title promises

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

If you could sum up All the Ugly and Wonderful Things in three words, what would they be?

A must read

What was one of the most memorable moments of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things?

When Wavy and Kellen got back together

Which scene was your favorite?

too many to list

Who was the most memorable character of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things and why?

It would have to be Wavy. Such a life full of tragedy and she perservered and triumphed

Any additional comments?

There were some seriously disturbing aspects of this book but when viewed in its entirety it was marvelous. I also loved the narrator and the voices and depth that she gave to each of the characters was wonderful.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • State of Wonder

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,265

Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

  • By F. B. Herron on 06-10-11

Wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 03-28-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would entusiastically recommend this book to a friend. I found it to be wonderfully written and equally wonderfully performed by Hope Davis. This is one of those books that I could see listening to over and over again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of State of Wonder?

I don't wish to spoil the book by giving away crucial details, but there is a very heartwarming scene at the end of the book that ties it all together. I also loved the imagery portrayed by the author. I almost felt as if I could reach through the pages and be there in Amazonia.

What about Hope Davis’s performance did you like?

I felt Hope Davis did a marvelous job performing this book and I loved the voices she gave to the characters.

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

There were parts of this book that moved me deeply. Again, I don't want to pinpoint them because they would reveal elements of the plot,but suffice to say I think other listeners would also be affected by this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful