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  • The Silence of the Girls

  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Michael Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, who continue to wage bloody war over a stolen woman - Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war's outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy's neighboring kingdoms until Achilles, Greece's greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles' concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific book!

  • By Michal on 09-16-18

Mythic History with Depth

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I've avoided the Odyssey, Iliad and their ilk my whole life and now I know why. Those are simplified stories of heroic male exploits. This book tells the story from a multi-dimensional human point of view. It's good to see a dose of reality. Not that it was easy to listen to - painful in many places - but it's overcoming, rather than masking, pain that makes art valuable.

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,249

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

Wonderful Book, Wonderfully Performed

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

It's a hard book to listen to in parts - violent and ugly. But it's also beautiful and probably historically accurate. I loved listening to the excellent performance and was sorry when it was over.

  • Tommo and Hawk

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407

Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brillant Narration

  • By Angie on 05-01-07

Good but Far-Fetched

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I loved the "Potato Factory" and immediately started listening to this after. However, it was more diffuse, and improbable. The number of times they all get beat up would kill an ordinary person, but like in action movies, the heroes repeatedly emerge relatively unscathed. Also, the ending was unnecessarily horrible. I decided not to listen to the next book in the trilogy.

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  • Son of a Grifter

  • The Twisted Tale of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the Most Notorious Con Artists in America: A Memoir by the Other Son
  • By: Kent Walker, Mark Schone
  • Narrated by: John Glouchevitch
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

In 1988 a troubled young man and his flamboyant mother were arrested for murdering a wealthy widow in her New York City mansion. Suddenly America was transfixed by a pair of real-life film noir characters. The media couldn't get enough of the twisted relationship between Sante Kimes and her 23-year-old son Kenny. But the most chilling story of all was never told - until now. Kent Walker, Sante's elder son, reveals how he survived 40 years of "the Dragon Lady's" very special brand of motherly love and still managed to get away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Story Telling

  • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 08-16-17

Very Interesting, could be Shorter

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Sante Kimes is probably one of the most versatile of criminals, thinking outside the box for creative ways to cheat, lie steal and generally get what she wants. Psychopaths can be geniuses. But then she got stuck in her own web of lies, like an echo chamber. Great story. Kent deserves credit for staying out of it (mostly) but the book could have been edited down.

  • The Winthrop Woman

  • By: Anya Seton
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 27 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

In 1631 Elizabeth Winthrop, newly widowed with an infant daughter, set sail for the New World. Against a background of rigidity and conformity she dared to befriend Anne Hutchinson at the moment of her banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; dared to challenge a determined army captain bent on the massacre of her friends, the Siwanoy Indians; and, above all, dared to love a man as her heart and her whole being commanded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book has everything

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-08-16

Beautiful Book

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Although the main character can be annoyingly melancholy, the vector of her hard life is a beautiful story. This is historical fiction at its best.

  • The Foundling

  • The True Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me
  • By: Paul Joseph Fronczak, Alex Tresniowski
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 586

The Foundling tells the incredible and inspiring true story of Paul Fronczak, a man who recently discovered via a DNA test that he was not who he thought he was - and set out to solve two 50-year-old mysteries at once. Along the way he upturned the genealogy industry, unearthed his family's deepest secrets, and broke open the second longest cold-case in US history, all in a desperate bid to find out who he really is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Prepare yourself for a journey that will take you to shocking places!

  • By OUChris on 04-04-17

Listen on FAST

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

This is a good book, but there WAS a lot of filler - certain ordinary events happen annoyingly slowly and are repeated. However, overall the story was good. And there is a solution to the slow pace - listen at 1.25 speed.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,923

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

With both accurate history and a great novel plot, this book is captivating - once I started listening it was hard to stop. And educational! The good thing about novels is that the ending can be whatever you want it to be . . .

  • The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

  • By: John Perkins
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697

The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men". John Perkins wrote that economic hit men (EHM) "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't buy the first "confessions. .." buy this one

  • By Bill Redfield on 02-24-16

Initially Persuasive . . .

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

"Methinks he doth protest too much . . . " I believe the author about the immorality of the marginally-legal hidden machinations of the corporate/military/industrialist empire, and he was courageous to write about it. But then he converts to a strident NGO status, this time assuming a mantle of morality, running metaphysical-religious trips to aboriginal populations. Two sides of a coin?

  • Chasing the Scream

  • The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,997

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is worth your time....

  • By Drake on 04-24-16

Persuasive but overly-Extrapolative

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

I agree with the book's major premise - that the war on drugs was created on false pretenses and that it should be dropped (since it's racist, costs lives and doesn't work) but then the author went on to make conclusions about how things SHOULD be done that stretched credulity. You can't do social research by interviewing a few people here and there . . . so the last quarter of the book was a bit of a bore for me.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Salt of the Earth

  • By: Jack Olsen
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

Joe Gere said he died on the afternoon his 12-year-old daughter Brenda disappeared. It was left to Brenda's mother Elaine to sustain her stricken family, search for her missing child, and pressure the authorities for justice. From the first minutes of the investigation, suspicion fell on Michael Kay Green, a steroid-abusing "Mr. Universe" hopeful, but there was no proof of a crime, leaving police and prosecutors stymied. Tips and sightings poured in as lawmen and volunteers combed the Cascades forest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling True Crime -portrait of a family

  • By Suzanne on 05-08-16

Good but Sad

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

There is an introduction that says this is the best true crime book ever written - and it is good - but it's also a long tale of pain. The final sentence makes it all worthwhile. I guess the "good" in the book is that some of the characters survived despite the odds, that they worked together, helped each other and stayed strong. So it's a tale of strength.