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  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,175

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

True to it's subject and time.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-14

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

Yes, It's historically accurate as well as entertaining

Who was your favorite character and why?

Victor "Pug" Henry

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

No, but I intend to add him to my list of outstanding performers. He is a very intelligent narrator, actor and personality. He is thoroughly prepared to introduce you to every charactor in these books. They come alive and you forget that this is one man performing every role.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Years ago, I watched the mini-series on TV. The book is so much better.

  • Gospel of Freedom

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle that Changed a Nation
  • By: Jonathan Rieder
  • Narrated by: Joe Washington
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

"I am in Birmingham because injustice is here," declared Martin Luther King, Jr. He had come to that city of racist terror convinced that massive protest could topple Jim Crow. But the insurgency faltered. To revive it, King made a sacrificial act on Good Friday, April 12, 1963: He was arrested. Alone in his cell, reading a newspaper, he found a statement from eight "moderate" clergymen who branded the protests extremist and "untimely".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Rick on 12-06-13

Eye Opening

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

Reviewed: 03-20-14

What made the experience of listening to Gospel of Freedom the most enjoyable?

Examining some of the roots of our societies bigotry.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gospel of Freedom?

The moments illuminating the deeply held religious beliefs and moral character of Dr. King and some of the leaders of the civil rights movement.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A must see for everyone raised in a bigoted culture- past or present

Any additional comments?

Thank you

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Dog Named Christmas

  • By: Greg Kincaid
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774

Todd, the youngest of four children, has a developmental disability that keeps him at home on the farm with his mother and father. One special holiday season, Todd hears an ad on the radio from a shelter looking for temporary homes for their dogs during the holiday week. When Todd's parents at last give in to his pleas for this charitable cause, the family is faced with an entire shelter full of dogs needing homes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you love dogs, Christmas and Wisdom...

  • By Charlie Lightfoot on 11-29-08

We will share this with our kids

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

Reviewed: 01-05-14

Who was your favorite character and why?

Todd was as loving and compassionate as we wish the whole world could be.

What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mark Bramhall's narration was spot on. He understood the story at the heart level.

Who was the most memorable character of A Dog Named Christmas and why?

Todd's Mom and Dad were faced with some difficult challenges, yet overcame them and allowed their love for one another to heal the wounds. My wife and I can understand their love as expressed through their son and the dog named Christmas.

Any additional comments?

As dog owners, we get it.

  • The Captured

  • A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier
  • By: Scott Zesch
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

On New Year's Day in 1870, 10-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comanches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe's fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years living in a cave, all but forgotten by his family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kidnapped - 10 Year Old Adolpy Korn

  • By Roy on 09-08-10

Great True story

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

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

Yes, it is ery informative

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

He has the voice and mannerisms to do this kind of story

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, because there are parts that you need to listen to twice

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Drums of Autumn

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,581
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,318
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,239

Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Can't Get Enough!

  • By Eugenia on 02-15-10

This is great storytelling

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Drums of Autumn to be better than the print version?

Unknown

What was one of the most memorable moments of Drums of Autumn?

The loss of young Ian again

Which scene was your favorite?

Jamie confessing to the Priest, among others

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

We laughed and cried and came back for more

Any additional comments?

Another outstanding story and spot-on performance

  • Voyager

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 43 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,949
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,656

Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Gabaldon book

  • By Karen on 12-09-09

A little bit confusing in parts

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

Would you listen to Voyager again? Why?

Yes. I seem to have missed the understanding of the voyage sequences

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

Again, She hits it out of the park.

  • Dragonfly in Amber

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,627
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,374

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR GUYS AS WELL

  • By Jeff on 05-14-12

Keep them coming

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

What did you love best about Dragonfly in Amber?

The continuity of the tale

What other book might you compare Dragonfly in Amber to and why?

Clan of the Cave Bear only more believable

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

Outstanding charactor development and humor. She enjoys her work

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,973

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

It only gets better

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

Gettng aquainted with the charactors as developed by Davina Porter.

What did you like best about this story?

It was a little slow to get going but by the end, we only wanted more.

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

No.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Jamie and Clair were wed

Any additional comments?

We are very glad to have discovered this series

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fiery Cross

  • Outlander, Book 5
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 55 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,746
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,604

The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Life on the Frontier Is Difficult. Duh.

  • By Carol on 01-19-13

I love them all

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

Where does The Fiery Cross rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's every bit as good as any book i've ever read or listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

The history, the humor, the romance and the accuracy of the research.

What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

She deserves the highest praise. If they give Oscars for these roles, give her at least 2 or 3 or 4. She is that good on all of the accents, voice inflections and developing the various personalities. She makes it easy to like and know these people.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Brianna went through the stones to see meet her Father and to be with her Mother.

Any additional comments?

I wish that we had more time to listen. This is the best serial novel that I and my wife have enjoyed

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Patrick Fraley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain's own early life, is filled with robust good humor and high-spirited adventures. Yet there is also an in-depth experience of the central South of the 1840s. While romping through fun-filled fantasy, Tom Sawyer shows how morally complicated real life can be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a listen

  • By Andrea on 01-12-03

Yep, it;s good

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

Reviewed: 02-29-12

Would you listen to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer again? Why?

Yes, growing up in a different age, I could so relate to the adventures depicted in this classic story.

What about Patrick Fraley’s performance did you like?

The accents, the enthusiasm, the subtle humor were all so very well interpreted.