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  • The Power of One

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,933

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story lifted higher by the narration

  • By Bob on 05-14-09

My first Courtney but certainly won't be my last

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

A story of hardship and struggle and how a young boy navigates through it with the help of a very special mentor.
I bought this audiobook based on the reviews and knowing nothing of the author. I am not a fan of boxing so I was surprised at how entirely this book drew me in. It was engaging and uplifting... just what I love in a book.
The narrator did a great job.

  • Iris and Ruby

  • By: Rosie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Rula Lenska
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

A story of love, loss, and the distance between three generations of one family, this novel centres on Iris and Ruby, a grandmother and her granddaughter, as they try and make sense of their respective lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tender, heart-felt and beautifully narrated

  • By "unknown" on 04-21-10

Slow-moving

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not. To be honest, I only got through the first half. The characters did not draw me in emotionally. Iris's lover was distanced and lacked warmth, so that the affair did not really seem that genuine to me. The story dragged. I am not one to give up early on a book but after the first half I asked myself "do I care what happens to these characters?" The answer was "no."

What aspect of Rula Lenska’s performance would you have changed?

Her voice was good for the character of Iris, the grandmother. But it didn't fit with Ruby's character-it sounded too old and scratchy. And the way she did male voices (especially those of Egyptian characters) got on my nerves... Bad accents and somehow the men came off sounding simple-minded.

Was Iris and Ruby worth the listening time?

Not for me.

  • The Poisonwood Bible

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,235

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd give it ten stars if I could

  • By Johnna on 06-10-11

Frustratingly fast narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-10

I read this book and loved it, so I thought I'd refresh my memory by downloading the audiobook. I couldn't make it through the second chapter. The narration is frustratingly fast, leaving no time to digest in between sentences. I kept wanting the narrator to just pause for a half second between sentences, because the writing was sometimes very rich, complex and descriptive, and I had no time to form a picture in my mind of what was described.
Do yourself a big favor and read the text version of this book... it is really worth it!

  • The Prince of Tides

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,112

Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Prince" amongst novels

  • By Ella on 11-24-09

Great narration to an enthralling story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-10

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, although the story could be quite dark at times. The descriptions of Melrose Island and the town and people of Colleton were so vivid, I felt like I knew them myself.
The narrator, Frank Muller, did a great job, reading at the perfect pace for me. I was sorry when it was over!

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