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  • A Long Way Home

  • By: Saroo Brierley
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889

At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?

  • By Jan on 06-22-14

really amazing story

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

Reviewed: 03-15-15

not all of the emotional expressions soundc sincere (I keep remembering that he had a co-writer) but it is still a phenomenal succession of events.

  • Cezanne's Quarry

  • By: Barbara Pope
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

In this richly atmospheric novel, a mysterious young woman named Solange Vernet arrives in Aix-en-Provence with her lover, a Darwinian scholar named Charles Westbury, and a year later is found strangled in a quarry outside the city. The young and inexperienced magistrate, Bernard Martin, finds his investigation caught in the crossfires of a raging cultural debate.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Weak Story, Awful reader

  • By Leora on 07-18-14

Weak Story, Awful reader

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

Reviewed: 07-18-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I can't imagine.

What could Barbara Pope have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A less predictable plot. Fewer Americanisms in the mouth of 19th century French people.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No pizzazz to his reading. And I have a better French accent than he does. He sounds like a Caricature of an American pronouncing French.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,819

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not my Favorite King story

  • By Ronald Garey on 02-11-19

Overblown and predictable

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

Reviewed: 06-15-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A less "I can see it coming around the corner" plot line.

Has 11-22-63 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, just confirms my dislike of stephen King.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Nothing, he did a good job with the material he had.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed -- it was so hyped.

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