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R. Cotton

Sunnyvale, Ca United States
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  • Auschwitz #34207

  • The Joe Rubinstein Story
  • By: Nancy Sprowell Geise
  • Narrated by: Richard Rieman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 411

Shortly before dawn on a frigid morning in Radom, Poland, twenty-one year-old Joe answered a knock at the door of the cottage he shared with his widowed mother and siblings. German soldiers forced him onto a crowded open-air truck. Wearing only an undershirt and shorts, Joe was left on the truck with no protection from the cold. By the next morning, several around him would be dead. From there, things got worse for young Joe, much worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life changing read

  • By mwatt on 03-26-16

A great reminder of the atrocities suffered.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

This is a true story of resilience and the atrocities of the Holocaust A
powerful reminder of the suffering and death of so many. Both heartbreaking and triumphant.

  • When We Were Sisters

  • By: Emilie Richards
  • Narrated by: Karen White, Elijah Alexander, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,426

As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters they had never had. Cecelia, now a superstar singer-songwriter, is living life on the edge. Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future, she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home. She and the children need Kris' love and attention, but does Kris need them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible journey!

  • By Terri C. on 02-02-17

Great read! Nice and long too!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-17

Really made me think more deeply about children in foster care and the impact that has had on their lives. It also maybe reflect on how the strong rise of any situation!

  • The Scavenger's Daughters

  • Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters, Book 1
  • By: Kay Bratt
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

Coming of age during China’s Cultural Revolution, Benfu survived the cruel years, but he did not emerge unscathed. The Scavenger’s Daughters is the story of Benfu and his beloved wife Calli, chronicling their attempts to build a life in the turmoil and aftermath of Maoist China. At the heart of their struggle lies the pain of losing their only child. To fill the terrible hole in their lives, they take in abandoned girls - the unwanted "weeds" - as their own, lovingly caring for them as flowers in a garden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • China's Discarded Baby Girls ... Chosen and Loved

  • By Debbie on 12-16-14

Both historical fiction & story of inspiring love!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

Loved this story! Educational, inspiring and touching. I will likely read it again! For the first time I also have a better understanding of China and the impact of Mao's political choices.

  • Care of the Soul

  • By: Thomas Moore
  • Narrated by: Peter Thomas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

In our fast-paced society, we often overlook the needs of our inner selves. This best selling guide shows how to add depth, meaning, and spirituality to your life by nurturing the spirit. By teaching you how to sense the sacredness of everyday things, it will help you solve emotional problems, ease frustration, and gain new perspectives on what living means.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • beautiful wisdom

  • By Ami Ami on 06-22-07

I could not get past the Peter Thomas voiceover

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

Reviewed: 03-08-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I will need to listen to this again. It is likely that I have watched too much TV and heard Peter Thomas too often on NOVA and Forensic Files. His voice just kept taking me back to those programs and not into the

Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas Moore? Why or why not?

Yes

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The Narrator is truly gifted but perhaps his voice is too well known from other work.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Little Princes

  • One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
  • By: Conor Grennan
  • Narrated by: Conor Grennan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674

In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope there is a sequel!

  • By R. Cotton on 02-19-11

Hope there is a sequel!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-11

I picked this book because of the high reviews from others. I need my audio books to keep my attention or I feel like I wasted my $. This did not disappoint! I loved listening to it. It was in combination funny, educational, honest, inspirational and thought provoking. It was also a love story. How do you get all of that in one non-fiction book? If you like to learn about other cultures, have a heart for doing right in the world and get inspired by others who do so, I recommend this. I found myself more enthralled by this than the previously inspiring "Three Cups..." which I also enjoyed. "Three" did not keep me as captivated as "Princes." I loved that the author read this as his passion and humor came through. I predict many awards for this one!

28 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Me & Emma

  • By: Elizabeth Flock
  • Narrated by: Lauren Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old: playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places. But even her imaginative mind can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anguishing, sad and revealing listen

  • By Susan on 07-09-09

Very Touching

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-09

I found this book very touching. It was easy to imagine the scenes that the reader describes. I too was surprised by the ending and made me think more about how well I was engrossed in Carrie's life. I am curious about the age of the reader. Is she an adult with a young voice or a child that is beyond her years? I could see a sequel to this...Great job author, reader and producer!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,852
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,724
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,739

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

I hope this wins MANY awards!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-09

I absolutely LOVED this book and am so very sorry that it is over! It was like watching a captivating movie where the images were not on a screen but instead colorful and dancing in my mind's eye. The writing and narration allowed me to take part in the story in a new way. I was mesmerized. I found myself rooting for some characters and scowling at others. The narrators made it easy to distinguish between characters and their reading provided a richness of sound and accent to the writing. I laughed, I cried, I shook my head, cursed and celebrated. As a white woman, I felt shame for my own race and how we have behaved and in some cases continue to. I felt like I knew the characters better than any other book I have listened to. I hope the writers and readers win many awards and are recognized over and over again for this incredible work of art. I am truly grateful!

  • World Without End

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,608
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,553

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 hours too short ...

  • By Henrik on 11-03-07

More Please!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-08

Are both of these books really over? Did I just listen to 85+ hours of wonderful narrative that has now ended? The reader deserves every bit of recognition that one could think of to bestow upon him. Oh my. I am sad. I loved both this one and Pillars. I loved where they both took me, I loved what I learned, enjoyed every word of the journey. I hope the author will write more. I want more....now.....please?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,840
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,365

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

The Perfect Audio Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-08

What a wonderful audio book to get lost in. Whether walking, hiking, doing house work or driving, this book was a wonderful escape from the day and a magnificent journey to be a part of. I enjoyed every word and the was sorry for the many hours to end. This author taught me about history, buildings and old England and I didn't even realize I was learning until after the story ended. It gave me new appreciation for that period in history and the hardships people encountered. I do wish my children could enjoy it, but cannot recommend it due to the graphic violence. Thank you for such a wonderful book. I am almost finished the sequel and wish there were more hours to enjoy.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful