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  • Sons

  • By: Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Sons begins where The Good Earth ended: revolution is sweeping through China. Wang Lung is on his deathbed in the house of his fathers, and his three sons stand ready to inherit his hard-won estate. One son has taken the family's wealth for granted and become a landlord; another is a thriving merchant and moneylender; and the youngest, an ambitious general, is destined to be a leader in the country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • it was very good!

  • By Jodie on 05-02-18

Slow moving

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I enjoyed the book, but not as much as “the Good Earth”. Nice to follow the lives of this family, but it’s a plodding undertaking. The unique rhythm of the first book looses its charm as you try to stay interested in an undeveloped plot.

  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,407

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Reprieve Amidst Ugly News, Relentless Negativity

  • By Cathy Lindhorst on 08-27-17

Tough Start

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I loved the book. It was a tough start. I put it down and didn’t come back for several months. The narrative is very embellished, and I found it difficult to wade through at first. I kept loosing interest as though the story was not developing; but realized much later, that is the hook! Beautiful prose, finely developed characters with interesting relationships, and a story that is to be savored for years.