What defines a family? That is the underlying question in the life of Pony Boy Curtis. When his parents die in a car wreck, he comes to depend on the love, friendship and support of his two older brothers and a gang of friends defined by poverty, bad attitudes and long greasy hair. The gang, called greasers, carry on a long-standing war with a group of rich kids, known as Socs, a fight fueled by ignorance and prejudice.An American coming-of-age classic, a story of friendship and social prejudice among a gang of friends.
The best audio book I've listened to in a long time. I love the film and was interested in hearing how the book differed. Actually the film is very true to the book with much of the same dialogue used. I was surprised to discover the book was written by a woman as she captures beautifully the thoughts and behaviours of young men and I could really visualise the characters and their different looks personalities and feelings. Despite being written years ago, the timeless thoughts and conflicts between different groups, friends, families is still very relatable. Reminded me slightly of Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. Excellent writing and narration I would definitely recommend this book.
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One of the most revered works in English literature, Great Expectations traces the coming of age of a young orphan, Pip, from a boy of shallow aspirations into a man of maturity. From the chilling opening confrontation with an escaped convict to the grand but eerily disheveled estate of bitter old Miss Havisham, all is not what it seems in Dickens’ dark tale of false illusions and thwarted desire.
If you could sum up Great Expectations in three words, what would they be?
entertaining, brilliantly narrated
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I've never read this book, as I thought it would be long and boring, but I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook and found it funny, brilliantly observed and expertly narrated. Would highly recommend
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Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success.
Where does The Woman in White rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I really enjoyed this book - great story and expertly narrated. It's not a book I would have normally read, but as it was offered as a free download, thought i'd give it a go and ended up really enjoying it.
What did you like best about this story?
Believable characters expertly portrayed and interesting storyline
Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I definitely would recommend this book. The storyline is great and the excellent narrator really brings each of the characters to life.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me both laugh and cry - I really got attached to the characters and felt a real affinity with them which made me want to find out more about their stories. I felt very involved with the book the whole way through and didn't want it to end!
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The narrator did an excellent job at enhancing what was already a fabulously written story. Every character had a distinctive accent and tone and I could really picture each character as a result. Some audio books grate because of the narrator, but I didn't find that at all with this one - absolutely LOVED it!