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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 2,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404

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

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-18

As always Bryce Courtenary books always filled with heart. Laughter and tears, greed and joy. I love his work.

  • Daughters of the Night Sky

  • By: Aimie K. Runyan
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820

Russia, 1941. Katya Ivanova is a young pilot in a far-flung military academy in the Ural Mountains. From childhood, she's dreamed of taking to the skies to escape her bleak mountain life. With the Nazis on the march across Europe, she is called on to use her wings to serve her country in its darkest hour. Not even the entreaties of her new husband—a sensitive artist who fears for her safety—can dissuade her from doing her part as a proud daughter of Russia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator sets the scene

  • By Jake's Handler on 02-16-18

Historical fiction at it best

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Where does Daughters of the Night Sky rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book would be at the top 10% of the books I have listened to The top 5% of historical fiction.

What other book might you compare Daughters of the Night Sky to and why?

(The Children's House of Belsen) Both books are filled with human weakness, suffering and heroism joy. If you want the human side of war, I would recommend both of these books.

What about Kathleen Gati’s performance did you like?

Her soft and gentle voice was rich and calm making the story equally rich.

If you could rename Daughters of the Night Sky, what would you call it?

I think the name is excellent as is. I sums up the subject matter extremely well.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,444
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,468

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative

  • By JJ on 09-10-12

One of the best biographys I have ever read.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

Where does Team of Rivals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the very top of the list. I wish there were more books this great.

What did you like best about this story?

The authors ability to present history with humor, heart rendering feeling along with information. You feel like your there.

What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

I very rarely enjoy female narrators. This lady is one of the great ones.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I couldn't stay awake that long or I would have.

Any additional comments?

If you want to learn about Lincoln this is a great way to start.

  • Sons and Lovers

  • By: David Herbert Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 15

Sons and Lovers initially incited allegations of obscenity. It is today regarded as a masterpiece and is often regarded as Lawrence's finest achievement.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing

  • By Nancy Holman on 04-15-17

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 04-15-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Everything

What was most disappointing about David Herbert Lawrence’s story?

The same attitude through the entire book.

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

I wouldn't have read it all.

Could you see Sons and Lovers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not at all

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Listening Is an Act of Love

  • By: Dave Isay
  • Narrated by: Dave Isay
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,654

Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching

  • By Debra on 11-23-12

This is what love is, all in 55 short minutes.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-13

What did you love best about Listening Is an Act of Love?

The openness of the real people in this is amazing.

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

Dave Isay has a gentle and a kind soul which is perfect for this book and adds to the stories.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This is a very short book about many people who touch your heart and make you laugh and cry.