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Gringo

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  • Mornings in Jenin

  • De : Susan Abulhawa
  • Lu par : Jennifer Woodward
  • Durée : 10 h et 49 min
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    5 out of 5 stars 3
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    5 out of 5 stars 3
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    5 out of 5 stars 3

Forcibly removed from the olive-farming village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejos are displaced to live in canvas tents in the Jenin refugee camp. We follow the Abulhejo family as they live through a half century of violent history. Amid the loss and fear, hatred and pain, as their tents are replaced by more forebodingly permanent cinderblock huts, there is always the waiting, waiting to return to a lost home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touchons

  • Écrit par : Gringo le 13/06/2019

Touchons

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Rédigé le : 13/06/2019

A truly beautiful story that brings color and emotion to a complicated and oh so brutal situation. Absolutely recommandable! Very nice reading performance, too.

  • There'll Be Blue Skies

  • De : Ellie Dean
  • Lu par : Annie Aldington
  • Durée : 10 h et 36 min
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    1 out of 5 stars 1
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    2 out of 5 stars 1
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    1 out of 5 stars 1

When sixteen-year-old Sally is evacuated to the English south coast, she is terrified by what lies ahead of her. All she knows are the sights and sounds of London's East End – but Sally swallows her tears as they leave the familiar landmarks behind, knowing that she has to be a Grown-Up Girl and play mother to her six-year-old brother Ernie. Playing mother is nothing new for Sally – their real mother Florrie, a good-time girl, hasn't even come to the station to wave them off and Ernie, crippled at an early age by polio, is used to depending on his older sister.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cheap chicklit’

  • Écrit par : Gringo le 19/05/2019

Cheap chicklit’

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Rédigé le : 19/05/2019

While I enjoyed some parts of the story I quickly found the story so very cheap and unrealistic and just ticking off boxes from the chickliterature to do list. Listened to the entire thing because I was on a long solo trip, but never had such a bad and stupid audio book.

  • Daughters of the Winter Queen

  • Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • De : Nancy Goldstone
  • Lu par : Laura Kirman
  • Durée : 13 h et 59 min
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Young Elizabeth Stuart was thrust into a life of wealth and splendor when her godmother, Queen Elizabeth I, died and her father, James I, ascended to the illustrious throne of England. At 16 she was married to a dashing German count far below her rank, with the understanding that James would help her husband achieve the crown of Bohemia. Her father's terrible betrayal of this promise would ruin "the Winter Queen", as Elizabeth would forever be known, imperil the lives of those she loved, and launch a war that would last for 30 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have learned so much!

  • Écrit par : Gringo le 05/05/2019

I have learned so much!

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Rédigé le : 05/05/2019

A wonderful book of fascinating people and events, smartly woven together. incredibly complete insight in 17th century Europe. with the odd amusing comment. Absolutely great experience!

  • A Brief History of the Celts

  • Brief Histories
  • De : Peter Berresford Ellis
  • Lu par : Christopher Oxford
  • Durée : 8 h et 40 min
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    2 out of 5 stars 1
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    3 out of 5 stars 1
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    2 out of 5 stars 1

For centuries the Celts held sway in Europe. Even after their conquest by the Romans, their culture remained vigorous, ensuring that much of it endured to feed an endless fascination with Celtic history and myths, artwork and treasures. A foremost authority on the Celtic peoples and their culture, Peter Berresford Ellis presents an invigoration overview of their world. With his gift for making the scholarly accessible, he discusses the Celts' mysterious origins and early history and investigates their rich and complex society.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated

  • Écrit par : Gringo le 15/04/2019

Complicated

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Rédigé le : 15/04/2019

The material is complex and making it into a "Short history of" certainly daunting. I learned quite some with this book, but overall found it much too scientific, specialist and often detailed to be an easy reading/hearing for non experts and leisure. The very posh accent of the reading made me smile, feels like sitting in an OxBridge class :-). So ... good but complicated, which I don't think this series was aiming for.

  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • De : Joanna Cannon
  • Lu par : Paula Wilcox
  • Durée : 11 h et 2 min
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    4 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    3 out of 5 stars 1

England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing, and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • sweet

  • Écrit par : Gringo le 28/03/2019

sweet

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3 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 28/03/2019

I heart much good about the book and it is very sweet. The ambiance is touching, the story unfolds well and I especially enjoyed the reading merformance. It did take me a very long time to get into the story through and it does seem lenghty at times, to me anyways.

  • Sapiens

  • De : Yuval Noah Harari
  • Lu par : Derek Perkins
  • Durée : 15 h et 18 min
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    5 out of 5 stars 211
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    5 out of 5 stars 177
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    5 out of 5 stars 177

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent book

  • Écrit par : william von kohler le 15/03/2017

wonderful

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Rédigé le : 12/02/2019

What an absolutely stunning and wonderful book! I learned a lot, it s so rich yet very accessible. And so funny! Makes you think long after you finished the book. I recommend this to anyone!

  • To the Bright Edge of the World

  • De : Eowyn Ivey
  • Lu par : Christine Lakin, John Glouchevich, Kiff Vandenheuvel
  • Durée : 13 h et 26 min
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester receives the commission of a lifetime when he is charged to navigate Alaska's hitherto impassable Wolverine River with only a small group of men. The Wolverine is the key to opening up Alaska and its rich natural resources to the outside world, but previous attempts have ended in tragedy. Forrester leaves behind his young wife, Sophie, newly pregnant with the child he had never expected to have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautyful

  • Écrit par : Gringo le 15/01/2019

beautyful

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Rédigé le : 15/01/2019

I bought this audiobook because of the promising title and was not deceived! It s a beautiful and mafical story with much surprises but that goes on a sweet rhythm, the differnt narratives and storytelling make a nice listening experience and all the caracters are so very touching! A dream of Alaska, a love story and historic aventures.

  • The Book Thief

  • De : Markus Zusak
  • Lu par : Allan Corduner
  • Durée : 13 h et 55 min
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    5 out of 5 stars 14
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    5 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents, "Kommunists", forever, and at the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual, which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • Écrit par : Gringo le 12/12/2018

Beautiful

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Rédigé le : 12/12/2018

A different and beautiful take on History through this girl’s story. The whole thing is very surprising, the caracters touching, the telling special. It’s also beautifully read, and I will carry that new sweet taste of the word Saumensch on. Wonderful!

  • Winter of the World

  • De : Ken Follett
  • Lu par : John Lee
  • Durée : 31 h et 43 min
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    5 out of 5 stars 27

Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Montage

  • Écrit par : Leticia C. le 04/08/2016

Great history but feable feelings

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3 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 19/07/2018

A good fly through the main developments of the period. The intertwined caracters and families represent different perspectives, though I found that much more clumsy and overstated in this book compared to the first. Some representations were unexpected and interesting, worth looking up. The political descriptions were always interesting and rich. But... the sentimental stuff is really bad! The main description of caracters (especially women - except one descripted as rather ugly and that never even speaks though close to her main caracter!) is "sexy", which, apart from being rather annoying, seems like quite an anachronism at that level of use. The (many) sex scenes are ridiculous, very much man-Fantasie. They are only topped by every single detail regarding pregnancy, birth (omg those scenes!!) and motherhood, for which apparently the author did not bother to do any research.
The reading was ok, though the accents of the reader often seem very random. One fat mistake bothered me though, and it goes throughout the entire book - he mispronounced Gestapo, how can that happen in such a story?!
In short: I can recommend the book for the history lesson, but the sentimental clumsyness of the too-male writing really put me off. I enjoyed the first book better and will probably not buy the third.

  • War Brides

  • De : Helen Bryan
  • Lu par : Tavia Gilbert
  • Durée : 13 h et 36 min
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2
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    5 out of 5 stars 2

As war moves ever closer, the sleepy English village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. The nightly German air raids become grimly mundane. Rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge a bond of friendship that will change their lives forever in this engrossing novel of loyalty, loss, and love in the shadow of World War II.With the hardships of war intensifying every day, the women band together to defeat formidable enemies and find remarkable strength within themselves to help one another. It is a war-forged loyalty certain to endure years and distance. When four of the women return for a celebration fifty years later, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember. They’ve returned to confront a traitor whose actions cost countless lives — and to avenge one of their own at last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, touching and so rich!

  • Écrit par : Gringo le 09/05/2018

Wonderful, touching and so rich!

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5 out of 5 stars

Rédigé le : 09/05/2018

A wonderful trip into WWII England (and some other parts of the world). The caracters are very rich and touching, the stories finely intertwined, the storyline gets very exciting and the end has a great twist or two. I learned so much about how that period was experiences in England! The reading in the beginning was a bit strange to the ear with what I found a bit extreme accents, but later on that became easier on the eye and helped identify the different caracters. I highly recommend this, and will probably listen to it soon again.