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  • Warlight

  • Written by: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself - shadowed and luminous at once - we hear the story of 14-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I had more understanding.

  • By Bellzon on 2019-03-06

Wish I had more understanding.

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-06

I’m not sure what this book is about. If it happened in this day and age Rachel (Wren)and Nathaniel (Stitch) would have been in foster care and their mother would have had an awful time getting them back. She would have been charged with child abandonment.
Maybe the book is about the feelings of an abandoned child looking for answers. However, Nathaniel doesn’t seem too surprised when he finds out he has fathered a child. Never offers his guardian help or gratitude that he married Nathaniels pregnant girlfriend and became the child’s father. I guess things were different in the 1940s and 60s.
Warlight is an interesting story and it might have an element of truth. It has wonderful phrasing. Maybe I’m just a dim person who fails to see the point of this story.

  • Forgiveness

  • A Gift from My Grandparents
  • Written by: Mark Sakamoto
  • Narrated by: Geoff Sugiyama
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean chose to escape his troubled life on the Magdalen Islands in eastern Canada and volunteer to serve his country overseas. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Mitsue Sakamoto saw her family and her stable community torn apart after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Canada picked wrong

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-05-31

Two stories in one

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-19

This is really two stories. The first being the story of two sides of war and discrimination. The second story is dealing with an alcoholic parent. It’s also about the unspeakable things humans do to one another. This is what ties the two together.
I enjoyed this book but it’s too sad for a second reading.

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  • Molly's Game

  • From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker
  • Written by: Molly Bloom
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a 20-something petite brunette from Loveland, Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game in existence. Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly's game became the game for those in the know - celebrities, business moguls and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exquisite restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting insight in to how situations develop

  • By Geoff Howard on 2018-10-13

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 2018-06-16

Very interesting true story. Perfect listen for a long car or plane trip. Definitely a well told story about a world the majority of us would never know.

  • The Poet

  • Written by: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration makes it difficult to get into

  • By JSS on 2018-11-28

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December!

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

Reviewed: 2018-01-20

If you just want to be listening to a book while doing some boring task(housework, ironing) or spending a mindless day this is the book for you. It doesn’t require close attention either. You know right away the guy isn’t going to get the girl and the killer is going be an insider.

I didn’t like listening to the reader either, although I did manage to listen right to the end.

I fell asleep a couple of times during the course of the listen, which didn’t seem to make much difference.

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