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  • The Palest Ink

  • By: Kay Bratt
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

A sheltered son from an intellectual family in Shanghai, Benfu spends 1966 anticipating a promising violinist career and an arranged marriage. On the other side of town lives Pony Boy, a member of a lower-class family - but Benfu's best friend all the same. Their futures look different but guaranteed...until they're faced with a perilous opportunity to leave a mark on history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Prequel to The Scavengers Daughter

  • By squishy on 02-17-16

Empty ending

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-18

The last minute twist gets mixed feelings only due to a rushed empty ending to an otherwise well written story. Perhaps a prologue would've done the trick giving the history on the end of the revolution at least.

  • Walden on Wheels

  • On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom
  • By: Ken Ilgunas
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100

The story of a student who went to extraordinary lengths - including living in a van on a campus parking lot - to complete his education without sacrificing his financial future. In a frank and self-deprecating voice, memoirist Ken Ilgunas writes about the existential terror of graduating from college with $32,000 in student debt. Inspired by Thoreau, Ilgunas set himself a mission: get out of debt as soon as humanly possible. To that end, he undertook an extraordinary three-year transcontinental journey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and infuriating, both.

  • By karen on 05-03-15

Very real and cool personal story

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-17

I enjoyed listening to his life experiences that reflect much of the sentiments of our generation, but only 4 stars due to often unnecessary verbiage and philosophical rambling that I skipped through.