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  • Chesapeake

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 50 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

The central scene of Michener's historical novel is that section of Maryland's Eastern shore, hardly more than 10 miles square. To this point come the founders of families that will dominate the story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Soooo worth my time... and a rant at the end

  • By Jan on 08-29-15

Wonderful book, Read not narrated

4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-20-15

What did you love best about Chesapeake?

Michener's descriptions of both place and people are wonderful

What did you like best about this story?

Though I'm not finished, so far the character interaction is excellent - feel like I know them personally

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Apparently he hadn't read it before doing this! No idea how to space his words, sentences, or stops.

Any additional comments?

I really wish the books by this author could be re-done by one or several of the newer narrators - there is so much that could make them come to life!

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  • The Long Way Home

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,981

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment in the series

  • By Vermonter on 09-29-14

Wonderful, as always!

5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-14

If you could sum up The Long Way Home in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, Riveting, Enjoyable

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Way Home?

the result of finding Peter

Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?


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

I found myself both laughing and crying at different spots in this one, as usual with a Penney novel - have really enjoyed Gamache, and all the townsfolk of Three Pines

Any additional comments?

This is a series that can be read in any order, but is truly much more enjoyable read in sequence as the characters build and become more rounded. Will be very curious how I, and others, will react to another book in the series read by a different narrator - this one will be terribly missed as he personified Gamache to me

  • 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 5,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,097

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

Loved this!

5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this to several people already, and almost feel like a pusher :) I was absolutely fascinated by the story, and the characters

What other book might you compare The Potato Factory to and why?

Can't really compare this to any other books I've read as far as the story. However it's similar in scope to a Ken Follett series

Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't believe I have heard the narrator before - but I've ordered the next 2 books in the series, so will surely hear him again.

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

I was fascinated, laughed AND cried at parts of it - was horrified and gratified by parts of it

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