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  • Crater's Edge

  • By: Michal Giedroyc
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

In September 1939, a 10-year-old boy, Micha Giedroyc watched the Russian security police seize his home in eastern Poland. His father, a senator and judge, was imprisoned while his mother, with Micha and his two sisters, were left on the streets of the local town to fend for themselves. Later they were transported in cattle trucks to the wastes of Soviet Siberia, with hundreds of thousands of other deportees. 'Here, by the will of the rulers of the Soviet Empire, we were to toil and die.'

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It started so good

  • By Ingrid on 07-02-19

An important, moving and beautifully written book

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Crater's Edge is important because the events it tells of are rapidly passing from our sight and we need to be constantly reminded of them. It is a moving book, the way all books that tell the truth move us by their honesty; lighting up dark places.
It is written with clarity, knowledge and a rare poetic pen. Listen carefully and it will speak to your intellect and to your heart.

  • Kim

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Kipling's masterpiece Kim is his final and most famous work and one of the first and greatest espionage stories ever written. It explores the life of Kimball O'Hara, an Irish orphan who spends his childhood as a vagrant in Lahore. When he befriends an aged Tibetan lama his life is transformed as he is requested to accompany him on a mysterious quest to find the legendary River of the Arrow and achieve Enlightenment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid

  • By Sydney on 22-12-13

Compelling and genuine

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

One of my favorite books brought to vivid life by a distinguished actor whose voice and expression exactly suits the book. What more could you ask?