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  • Snow Falling on Cedars

  • By: David Guterson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

As a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial for murder on an island in Puget Sound, snow blankets the countryside. The whiteness covers the courthouse, but it cannot conceal the memories at work inside: the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, an unrequited love, and the ghosts of racism that still haunt the islanders. First novels rarely attract as much attention as Snow Falling on Cedars. Remaining on best seller lists for months, it has cast a spell on listeners across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable. Masterful. Remarkably creative.

  • By Richard Delman on 12-18-17

There was a good story in there but marred by unimportant irrelevant details

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

The pace of the book didn’t bother me until the end. About 3 hours before the end (I listened to the audiobook) I was thinking how long can he really drag this out? But really, too much sex. Not important or even slightly relevant to the story.

  • Why We Sleep

  • Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker PhD
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,728

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life - eating, drinking, and reproducing - the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book on sleep bar none

  • By Innate on 12-10-17

Information and interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Steve West was a great narrator and kept me awake throughout the book. I listened to the majority of it while up nursing my 2 month old. Not sleeping while listening to a book about the need for and power of sleep probably made me feel it’s effects even more. I will be recommending this one as well as using it for text in the health sciences part of my homeschool, where I plan on allowing my teens the sleep they need!

  • A Wonder Book

  • Greek Mythology Come Alive
  • By: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Narrated by: Bobbie Frohman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

The colorful characters from Greek mythology come alive in exciting adventures captured by the author of The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter. Ride Pegasus, open Pandora' Box, kill Medea with her head of many snakes, join Hercules as he flexes his muscles and King Midas as he turn his daughter into gold. The stories, moral in tone, are totally riveting.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • TERRIBLE narrator!!!!!

  • By Dianna on 04-26-11

My children loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

I learned of this book from a homeschool reading list for second graders. I decided to download the audio version for a road trip I was taking with my daughters. My 7, 5, and 3 year old girls loved listening to it. I did have to stop and explain a few things and I asked questions to make sure they knew what was going on but all in all it was a wonderful choice and I am excited to get the companion book, Tanglewood Tales for our next road trip.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,672
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,547
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,619

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Awesome...

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

I purchased this book on a whim and was overwhelmed with this book. This history aspect was fascinating. I learned so much about POWs in the Pacific that I'd never heard in school (or from anywhere else for that matter). I felt a real connection with the characters and had profound gratitude for what they sacrificed for my freedom. I loved that the story didn't end with the end of the war but discussed Louis' life following the war and how he dealt with and overcame what he'd been through. I cried when I heard that he became a Christian and personally forgave all his captors. I've purchased it several more times for gifts and am looking forward to the movie, although it will never compare with this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,529

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

A Historical Adventure!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Endurance to be better than the print version?

Simon Preble's narration. It was spectacular! He did an awesome job with the voices.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

The voyage across the Drake Passage. Listening to what that crew endured in the most rigorous of conditions was captivating.

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

When was moving from ice floe to ice floe trying to avoid death by exposure and simultaneously trying to avoid starvation. It was an amazing story.

Any additional comments?

If you are a student of history, exploration, or human endurance then you will love this book. It reads like an adventure story and it is exhilarating when they finally find civilization again, safely.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • God's Smuggler

  • By: Brother Andrew
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 786

This best seller tells of the young Dutch factory worker's incredible efforts to transport Bibles across closed borders - and the miraculous ways in which God provided for him every step of the way. Brother Andrew's story remains as inspiring today as it was 35 years ago, and with this new release, it will motivate a whole new generation to risk everything to follow God's call.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Inspiration... Must-Read Classic!

  • By Joshua on 06-05-12

I can't stop talking about it!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-13

I loved this book. It was so challenging to see this man living by faith; knowing that God would supply all the means for His work to be accomplished. It was a good reminder for me of what Christians faced during the Cold War and why situations are they way they are there now with so few young believers. Embedded in the book was also the reminder not ever to take the Scriptures for granted. So many stories of churches and pastors behind the iron curtain who had few or no Bibles and when they received one, they cherished it. For the word of God is quick and powerful and just getting into people's hands makes a difference. A must read!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Mary Barton

  • A Tale of Manchester Life
  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

When her father assassinates Henry Carson, his employer's son and Mary's admirer, suspicion falls on Mary's second admirer, Jem, a fellow worker. Mary has to prove her lover's innocence without incriminating her own father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration as Brilliant Performance Art

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-14-10

Great reading of a heart warming story

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

Reviewed: 04-26-13

What made the experience of listening to Mary Barton the most enjoyable?

Juliet Stevenson's narration!

What other book might you compare Mary Barton to and why?

North and South as far as the tale being set in the industrial revoultion and the conflict between masters and men.

What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her narration was awesome! She brough the characters to life with emotion; I loved it!

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

The repentance of Mr. Carson following the plea for forgiveness by his son's murderer.

Any additional comments?

This was a delightful story and brought to life the human struggle between master and worker and her call for men to treat each other as fellow citizens on God's earth, no matter their position in society.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 22 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357

This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overview AND Sordid Details

  • By Troy on 10-29-13

Great History

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

Reviewed: 04-07-13

Where does The Six Wives of Henry VIII rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 10.

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

The beheading of Anne Boleyn and the events leading to Catherine Howard's downfall.

Any additional comments?

This was a facinating look at 6 facinating women. Ms Wier did an excellent job presenting the histories of them women and what motivated them and moved them before, during, and after their times as queen. Anyone interested in Medieval history and the history of England in general would enjoy this book.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Don Quixote

  • Translated by Edith Grossman
  • By: Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 39 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,452

Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece - in literature and narration!

  • By Peter Y. Chapman on 06-13-14

Best book ever written?

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

If you could sum up Don Quixote in three words, what would they be?

Hillarious, dynamic, thought provoking (I know that is 4 words but the last 2 go together!)

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not but George Guidall's reading was wonderful. He did the voices marvelously and really brought out the characters' emotions.

Any additional comments?

I saw on a list published in 2000 that Don Quixote was the best book ever written. I was intrigued so I decided to check it out. I am not much for lists and what "academics" think is the best literature out there but several other books I loved were on this list so I figured it couldn't be all hokum, right! Well, Don Quixote did not disappoint. I admit, it was a little slow in starting and I was thinking, "the best book, really?" but as it went on I really found myself enjoying it and looking forward to getting back to listening and was actually pretty sad when it ended. The character development was wonderful and it was hillarious. I am not sure it is the best book I have ever read but it is certainly in my top 10 and worthy of reading again in the future.

62 of 63 people found this review helpful

  • Bonhoeffer

  • Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich
  • By: Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,981

A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Moving

  • By alan on 11-22-10

Bonhoeffer, one of my favorite bios

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Would you listen to Bonhoeffer again? Why?

Yes, this was a wonderful biography of a great man. Metaxas' format was well laid out, providing plenty of early life experience of Bonhoeffer to get a feel of the man. I was sure I was going to cry when they executed him but it was so well written and a reminder of the faith of this man that lead him to the very spot of execution and he faced it with joy; I couldn't help but rejoice with him.
With the benefit of hindsight it is a marval to us how Hitler could have been elected, ruled, and destroyed the German state the way he did. One of the strengths of this book was putting you into the time period, reminding you that the Germans of 1930 had no idea what was coming; the hell that was on its way was slow in coming. They were the frog in the water where the heat was being turned up slowly.

What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

For one thing, he pronounced all the names with a great German accent!

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

Events surrounding the last few days before his execution.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful