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  • Orphan Train: A Novel

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely easy read

  • By Amelia on 27-03-14

Surprisingly gripping!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

It is life story told marvellously well via flash backs that link the most unlikely fostered teenagers contemporary issues' spanning eight decades! A page turner without doubt.

  • The Last Jump

  • A Novel of World War II
  • By: John E. Nevola
  • Narrated by: Mike Ortego
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The Last Jump is a war story, a mystery, a love tale, and a tribute to the people who won World War II. Fact and fiction intermix seamlessly to unravel a secret passionately guarded by four aging soldiers. The reader is transported back in time to an imperfect America, with all is incredible virtues and vexing shortcomings struggling with racial and gender issues while fighting for its very survival. It was time when Americans stood shoulder to shoulder to free the world from tyranny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant war story

  • By Linda on 22-02-15

Brilliant war story

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

Reviewed: 22-02-15

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

Yes I would recommend this book to anyone. The book has everything an amazing plot, accurate history, social changes and full of emotion.

What did you like best about this story?

The today versus yesterday dialogue. I was never lost in the actual plot enough to be annoyed at coming back to the later story line they linked so perfectly.

What does Mike Ortego bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The emphasis on the meanings of the quoted lines. I am sure I would not have been as immersed in some of these characters if Mike had not given me the steer with hi marvelous intonation.

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

The end......cried like a school girl couldn't help it!

Any additional comments?

The American social and Second World War history is really special it makes you think that a properly researched novel might be the way to get all school kids interested in history.

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fab!

  • By Dr on 05-03-09

Victorian reality not Dickens soap opera

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

Reviewed: 15-09-14

What made the experience of listening to The Potato Factory the most enjoyable?

Just a brilliant story written in a compelling dialogue and narrated superbly.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the story developed drawing you further in with every page.

What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The characters are brought to life and will now be forever as Humphrey Bower depicts them unforgettably emblazoned on my mind.

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

I laughed out loud a number of times and wept to hear Mary's awful beating by the male clerks....so sad.

Any additional comments?

This book may not immediately appeal from the introductions but this is pure gold as a wonderful unforgettable read.

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  • Last of the Breed

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: David Strathairn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

This is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Mark on 01-11-17

Cold war thriller

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

Reviewed: 17-08-14

What made the experience of listening to Last of the Breed the most enjoyable?

The story gripped you from the start. Louis L'Amour's American Indian expertise woven into a Cold War iron curtain thriller. Sounds unlikely but really works.

What other book might you compare Last of the Breed to, and why?

I suppose most Louis L'Amour wilderness books.

Which character – as performed by David Strathairn – was your favourite?

The Siberian tracker with the awesome reputation of always finding his man and rarely bringing them back alive......very very scary character.

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

You can't listen to it all in one sitting as it is about 15 hours long. I did look forward to listening every day and 'heard' it all within a week.

Any additional comments?

As usual with Louis L'Amour I am amazed there was not a sequel as it was perfectly set up for there to be one....wish there was.

  • The Lonesome Gods

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: David Strathairn
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

“I am Johannes Verne, and I am not afraid.” This was the boy’s mantra as he plodded through the desert alone, left to die by his vengeful grandfather. Johannes Verne was soon to be rescued by outlaws, but no one could save him from the lasting memory of his grandfather’s eyes, full of impenetrable hatred. Raised in part by Indians, then befriended by a mysterious woman, Johannes grew up to become a rugged adventurer and an educated man. But even now, strengthened by the love of a golden-haired girl and well on his way to making a fortune in bustling early-day Los Angeles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent through and through.

  • By B. C. Furzer on 18-09-16

Old book but timeless appeal

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lonesome Gods to be better than the print version?

The audio version is so much more fun in that David Stratham is simply superb at getting the characters personalities off to a tee!I like Louis L'Amour but have not 'read' him since my youth and now hearing it again as an older woman I appreciate his heroine characters even more.This is a rip roaring adventure yarn but he does handle the female protagonists extremely well. In this book and the seemingly cold Russian has become my role model haha.

What other book might you compare The Lonesome Gods to, and why?

I had just listened to Ride the Wind that reminded me of this Louis L'Amour book I read ages ago and so decided to get it and read it again.....so glad I did.One thing though, can't imagine why he did not go on to write a sequel to this it was all set up to do so the story in a way had only just started.

What does David Strathairn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Already said how well he reads and he makes it such a fantastic journey with the clear characters.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A family saga of the wild west beginnings of Los Angeles and California.

Any additional comments?

Although usually read by men this is a wonderful book for young girls (of any age) to read and enjoy a true wild west adventure story but it is not just muck and bullets. Louis L'Amour is obviously a great admirer of women and his female characters have so much depth.Really try something different and you will enjoy the philosophy, action and chivalry in this book.

  • Ride the Wind

  • By: Lucia St. Clair Robson
  • Narrated by: Laurie Klein
  • Length: 29 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In 1836, when she was nine years old, Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanche Indians. This is the story of how she grew up with them, mastered their ways, married one of their leaders, and became, in every way, a Comanche woman. It is also the story of a proud and innocent people whose lives pulsed with the very heartbeat of the land. It is the story of a way of life that is gone forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ride the wind

  • By Deborah on 05-05-10

Americas history written as a pulsating novel.

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

Reviewed: 31-07-14

Would you listen to Ride the Wind again? Why?

Probably but the story line flowed so well it stays in the mind and I think I would prefer to listen to another book and rely on the very vivid memories of Ride the Wind.

What other book might you compare Ride the Wind to, and why?

To a certain extent it reminded me of Louis L'Amour's early work but this had a very female bias to it. The book works well enough for the adventure seeking reader (more likely to be men) but adds that romance and passion in a very rugged setting. A very well written novel with a Mills & Boon undertone.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Sort of but I thought she struggled with the male characters and sometimes created unfulfilled build ups yet under played the really exciting action (when the two warriors were captured by the cannibal tribe) but still very listenable.

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

It was a page turner but not all at once it is 29 hours long!

Any additional comments?

A prequel would be interesting. A time with no white men, a time when the Indians had the place almost to themselves..........a take on the Jean Auel's Earth's Children novels.They are very definitely a female bias but still have a rip roaring adventure story to tell.

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