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Kathi

Kathi Sterling, VA, United States Member Since 2010

Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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  • "Very engaging story of the life of ..."

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    In my first college English class, we read a startling poem written by a man I had never heard of. It began, "the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds...:" Along with many who had encountered the work of e.e.cummings, I felt an astonishment at the boldness, the invitation to stretch the mind to view the world differently, to enjoy the play of words and form in the modernist style that was forming itself at the time he began his career. I have continued to read his work ever since--and even though some of it has been controversial and not always pleasing, he has remained a great poet to me.

    Thus I was thrilled at finding this book, written by Susan Cheever and narrated by Stefan Rudnicki on Audible. I sat up late into the night listening to it with great pleasure. Cheever and her father apparently knew Edward Estlin Cummings, so she had some first hand experience of who he was.

    Cheever says early in the book that e.e. cummings' great skill was, "seeing the world through language." Indeed, he played with form, punctuation, words in ways that invited the reader always to move beyond the bounds of the conventional and view life in very different ways.

    I had not known much about Cummings' life before--and it was very interesting to hear how he grew up near Harvard, went to school there--providing the background for his intellectual development--and went on even to become a lecturer there, giving, not surprisingly, what he referred to as his "non-lectures." Even there he found it impossible to be conventional.

    Cummings struggled with life--with his rebellious nature--partly against his father, perhaps against the traditional way of viewing society. He hung out with the likes of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Dos Possos--so they clearly all influenced each other in the development of the movement.

    He probably struggled with his own self-esteem as well--being a man of slight build, who (despite being in WWI) was not as rugged as his father. Something that possibly put him into psychoanalysis at a time in the early 20th century when that was just becoming available. He was married twice, had a daughter whom he rarely got to see after the divorce from her mother, and finally happily spent the rest of his life with a woman he probably was not married to--Marion Morehouse. However, after the Great Depression, Cummings never again found it as easy to get his own work published or acknowledged as rapidly as it was earlier in the century.

    Some of his later work was very controversial--Cheever does a credible job of laying the background of early influences in his life that possibly led to that. But this does not take away (for me, at least) the importance of his contributions to the entire awakening of our society by people who dared to create in new and unusual ways--to invite us all to see beyond the little boxes of our accepted reality. Susan Cheever has written a compact book that is filled with stories of the life and struggles of a man who had to express his world view through poems, essays, plays, paintings, in a way that broke through all conventions.

    Highly recommend!

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    E. E. Cummings: A Life

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    E. E. Cummings' radical experimentation with form, punctuation, spelling, and syntax resulted in his creation of a new, idiosyncratic means of poetic expression. And while there was critical disagreement about his work (Edmund Wilson called it "hideous", while Malcolm Cowley called him "unsurpassed in his field"), at the time of his death in 1962, at age 67, he was, after Robert Frost, the most widely read poet in the United States. Now, in this new biography, Susan Cheever traces the development of the poet and his work.

    Kathi says: "Very engaging story of the life of e.e.cummings!"
  • "Good book, but quoted passages are ..."

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    This was a very interesting book. I have long been interested in Chaucer as well as that entire period in history. I have only an average person's knowledge about the times, but very much wanted to hear more. John Gardner has written a great book--I listened at a leisurely pace over two nights--hearing about who Chaucer was, how involved he was in government, how he was cared about by others, and his place in literary history. There is a lot of insight into his writings and details of his life I found fascinating.

    I want to emphasize that this is a truly good book--one that is worth the read. But if you are hoping to hear the excerpts of Chaucer's written works in the way you might have read them yourself as modernized translations, you'll have to be fluent in the Old English language instead. That was lovely and melodic, I tried very hard to understand what I could take in between just listening and my knowledge of the works of Chaucer (in modern English).

    But at some point in the book, early on, there was a comment by the author that there was a glossary at the end of the book that translated the unfamiliar OE words into modern English. I felt a loss that Audible did not (to my knowledge) do anything to provide a link to a site somewhere where we could do that. I still think the book is worth 5 stars--it was well-written by a man who has a treasure's worth of information, and the narration was lovely--I really enjoyed the sounds of the Old English, and tried to use my limited knowledge of Chaucer's works to fill in what I could. What I was not able to understand (of the passages he quoted) I enjoyed, simply because the sounds were lovely. And I think that it was worth it, not having full understanding--I got to listen in a different way. Just wish Audible had made that part clear (or else this book might have been written for people the author assumed were more familiar with the Old English versions. But I don't think so, since it mentioned a glossary). Hopefully Audible can correct this--give us access to the glossary somewhere? I still recommend this as a lovely listen (to the Old English passages, just as they are) and information about Chaucer himself.

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    The Life and Times of Chaucer

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    In this exquisite biography, John Gardner brings to life Geoffrey Chaucer, illuminating his writings and their inspiration like never before. Through exhaustive research and expert storytelling, Gardner takes readers through Chaucer’s varied career - from writing The Canterbury Tales to performing diplomatic work at the Parliament - and creates a fully realized portrait of an author whose work would remake the English language forever. Written with passion and insight, this a must-listen for those interested in Chaucer and the medieval time period.

    Kathi says: "Good book, but quoted passages are in Old English"
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    Maya Angelou has written another in a series of autobiographical books about her life. In this one, she describes the complicated and unpredictable relationship with her mother, whom she referred to for many years as “Lady.”

    In her hallmark terse style of writing, she describes how she and her brother were sent to her paternal grandmother’s in Arkansas for several years, where she found a sense of security, even though recovering from the trauma of childhood rape.

    There came a time when she and her brother were unexpectedly sent back to live with their mother—something that young Maya was not prepared for. But, Lady, their mother, seemed determined to find a way for herself and Maya to achieve a close mother-daughter relationship (often in spite of themselves) as they had to get to know, and get used to each other. Lady was determined to show Maya that even though she had not been present in her early life, she would never let her down after that. However, she tended to use unconventional--but often wise--ways of offering that support.

    This book explores the journey—often filled with dangerous, unexpected circumstances—through which Maya and her mother learned to find a kind of trust and caring for each other. Lady had had a very involved--even exciting--existence apart from having children, and seemed to have to make room in her life for Maya and her brother. But over time, mother and daughter come to care deeply about each other and form a bond that eventually leads Maya finally to call her “Mother.”

    Clearly many of the incidents in this book—often involving danger of various kinds—were influential in shaping Maya Angelou’s subsequent life. Her mother taught her to protect herself, but also to live her life proudly, to the fullest and never doubt herself. This is a very interesting story—one courageously told by one of America’s most beloved and respected writers. Recommend!

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    Mom & Me & Mom

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    The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple best-selling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother. For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence - a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life.

    Amazon Customer says: "Never Enough Mom Books"
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  • Face the Music: A Life Exposed

    "Honest, upfront reflection - well worth your time"

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    Would you listen to Face the Music again? Why?

    Absolutely. I did't know much about the band of Paul and was very impressed with his ability to tell his story candidly and in a fun, interesting way


    What about Paul Stanley’s performance did you like?

    My favorite books are those written and read by the authors and this one did not disappoint. Others that are good include Ann & Nancy Wilson (of Heart) and Rosie Perez


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

    I liked understanding about his childhood and the challenges he faced


    Any additional comments?

    Very well done book and I am quite impressed with Paul Stanley. He has learned a lot about himself (both positives and negatives) and taken steps to improve himself and focus on the people/things that are important. He has so many varied interests and is MUCH deeper that what you might think is on the surface.

  • My Extraordinary Ordinary Life

    "Wow, what an interesting person!"

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    What made the experience of listening to My Extraordinary Ordinary Life the most enjoyable?

    Loved that she narrated the book herself. She sounded so genuine and excited about things


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her genuine and upbeat tone. It sounded like she had as much fun reading it as she did living it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wow, tough to say. Since I am a romantic, I really liked that she knew that Jack Fisk was "the one" immediately


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

    No, I liked listening to it in different sections


    Any additional comments?

    My only criticism is that the audio quality wasn't so great - sounded like she recorded it in a room with hard walls (sound bounced off, kind of echoed), but in a way, this added to the folksy-ness

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    "Okay, but hoped for a little more"

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if you are a fan of Mindy's and enjoy her snappy narration, this is the book for you. Don't get be wrong - I liked it, but somehow, I just thought it would be a little better


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A little surprising, but good!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked how she raved about Chappelle's Show. I never had seen it and as a result of her recommendation, have begun watching it in reruns and it is excellent. I also liked her advice to teens about high school/popularity, etc.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, I don;t think this book could be made into a movie (as it is a series of stories)


    Any additional comments?

    Mindy did a great job narrating the book and I feel as if I know (and like) her a little better

  • Beauty, Disrupted: The Carre Otis Story

    "Great job Carre!"

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    If you could sum up Beauty, Disrupted in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, upfront, unflinching


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beauty, Disrupted?

    Wow, there were so many - Carre's early years (before she left home) really set the stage for the years to follow


    What does Carre Otis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice provides the honesty to recount her journey. I really did';t know much about her, but since my favorite audiobooks are ones read by the author, I thought I would give this one a try. What a jarring story! I am amazed she made it through and admire the strength


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think I would just leave it as Beauty, disrupted.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I listened to it and hope you like it too!

Warren

Warren North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 04-07-11
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  • "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"

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    With 3124 on my new SUV's odometer, I was laughing so hard listening to Tina that I clipped a cement highway divider driving to work.

    That's not the funny part.

    I kept on laughing.. Tina Fey is like comedic Oxytocin.

    Buy this book. Keep both hands on the wheel.

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    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"

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    Tad Davis says: "Insanely great"
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    Almost from the moment it was first set to paper, the music of Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) - technically superb, rich in quality, and widely imitated - has exemplified the Classical style, creating not only the Classical-era symphony but setting the standard, through his own 68 string quartets, against which that form has ever after been judged. And yet Haydn, despite the influence left by more than 1000 works, seems to no longer get his due, Now, in a series of eight vivid lectures, you can learn to understand and appreciate the music of one of the most original and influential composers of all time.

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  • Bossypants (






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    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

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  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) (






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    Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

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    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
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    Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

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    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

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    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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    Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.

    Lynn says: "Insightful and touching"
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    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

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    Kafka is one of 161 inspired-and inspiring-minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

    Mark says: "Master your schedule."
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    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

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    In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, best-selling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a "bible" for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing. With intimate stories from 50 Cent's life on the streets and in the boardroom as he rose to fame after the release of his album Get Rich or Die Tryin', as well as examples of others who have overcome adversity through understanding and practicing the 50th Law.

    David says: "A solid and well thought out book."
  • Life (






UNABRIDGED) by Keith Richards, James Fox Narrated by Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley

    Life

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    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
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    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
  • Bill Bryson Collector's Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself (






ABRIDGED) by Bill Bryson Narrated by Bill Bryson

    Bill Bryson Collector's Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I'm a Stranger Here Myself

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    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
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    In the first of three essays included in this audiobook, Bill Bryson decides to move his wife and kids back to his homeland, the United States, after nearly two decades in Britain. But not before taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the green and kindly island that had so long been his home. The result is a hilarious social commentary.

    Annette says: "My second of three (so far) Bill Bryson books"
  • One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Paul Narrated by Dan John Miller

    One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

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    • By Alan Paul
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
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    One Way Out is the powerful biography of the Allman Brothers Band, an oral history written with the band's participation and filled with original, never-before-published interviews as well as personal letters and correspondence. This is the most in-depth look at a legendary American rock band that has meant so much to so many for so long. For 25 years, Alan Paul has covered the Allman Brothers Band, conducting hundreds of interviews, riding the buses with them, attending rehearsals and countless shows.

    TIMOTHY says: "NOT GREAT, NOT BAD"
  • Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living (






UNABRIDGED) by Paul Collins Narrated by Grover Gardner

    Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living

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    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    A view into the tumultuous and creative life of Edgar Allan Poe. Today the name Edgar Allan Poe invokes a tragic genius whose mastery of horror seems inexorably tied to his tormented life. But in his own time, Poe was above all a craftsman-an editor and reviewer desperately trying to earn a living by transmuting the wild ephemera of early Victorianism into innovations in science fiction, horror, and detective literature.

  • In the Shadow of the American Dream: The Diaries of David Wojnarowicz (






UNABRIDGED) by David Wojnarowicz, Amy Scholder (editor) Narrated by Eva Kaminsky, Christopher Kipiniak

    In the Shadow of the American Dream: The Diaries of David Wojnarowicz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Wojnarowicz, Amy Scholder (editor)
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky, Christopher Kipiniak
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    In the Shadow of the American Dream is a stunning collection of riveting and revealing chapters from Wojnarowicz's extensive personal diaries - 30 volumes' worth of memories and lucid observations, some bitter, some sweet - that the author began writing when he was 17 and continued until his death two decades later. Here is a brilliant chronicle of an artist's emergence - a young man's still achingly fresh memories of his unhappy adolescence and his glorious discovery of self.

  • Bessie (






UNABRIDGED) by Chris Albertson Narrated by Robertson Dean

    Bessie

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    • By Chris Albertson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
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    Bessie Smith, the great singer known as the "Empress of the Blues", is considered by many to be the greatest blues singer of all time. She was also a successful vaudeville entertainer who became the highest-paid African American performer of the Roaring '20s. Chris Albertson's revised and expanded edition of the biography of this extraordinary artist debunks many of the myths that have circulated since her untimely death in 1937.

  • Central Park: An Anthology (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrew Blauner (editor) Narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck, L. J. Ganser, Edoardo Ballerini, Scott Aiello, Scott Brick, Jonathan Davis, Steven Crossley, Jeff Woodman

    Central Park: An Anthology

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Andrew Blauner (editor)
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, L. J. Ganser, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
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    Central Park is perhaps the most well-trod and familiar green space in the country. It is both a refuge from the city and Manhattan's very heart; a respite from the urban grind and a hive of activity all its own. Eight hundred forty-three carefully planned acres allow some 37 million visitors each year to come and get lost in a sense of nature. Unsurprisingly, the park also inspires a wealth of great writing, and here Andrew Blauner collects some of the finest fiction and nonfiction - 20 pieces in all.

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  • Fredric March: A Consummate Actor (






UNABRIDGED) by Charles Tranberg Narrated by Robert Armin

    Fredric March: A Consummate Actor

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    • By Charles Tranberg
    • Narrated By Robert Armin
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    Despite this great record of success, Fredric March isn't as well remembered today as some of his peers (Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, James Stewart) because unlike them, he never developed a recognizable screen persona that followed him from film to film. He was always characterizing - always hiding his own personality behind that of the character he was portraying. He was the consummate actor who richly deserves to be rediscovered.

  • The Life and Work of Oscar Micheaux: Pioneer Black Author and Filmmaker (






UNABRIDGED) by Earl James Young Jr. Narrated by Alan Courtright

    The Life and Work of Oscar Micheaux: Pioneer Black Author and Filmmaker

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    • By Earl James Young Jr.
    • Narrated By Alan Courtright
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    Over a three-decade period that began in 1919, Oscar Micheaux wrote, directed, edited, produced, and distributed over 40 films nationally and internationally. These films usually featured all-Black casts. They spanned a silent film period and a talkie period (sound films). Given such a background and the period in American history into which he was born, Micheaux's achievements were extraordinary and his legacy is a study of survival, persistence, and bold determination to develop a new era in Black films.

  • Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathleen Flinn Narrated by Cassandra Campbell

    Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love from an American Midwest Family

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    • By Kathleen Flinn
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    In this family history interwoven with recipes, Kathleen Flinn returns listeners to the mix of food and memoir beloved by fanss of her best-selling The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good explores the very beginnings of her love affair with food and its connection to home. It is the story of her Midwestern childhood, its memorable home cooks, and the delicious recipes she grew up with.