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Gene

Gene Chicago, IL, United States Member Since 2011

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  • "A Very Short Biography"

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    It's about an hour long. I'm sure not that much is known about Leonardo, that's why this book is very short. I found it to be a really good primer, it gave me a glimpse of how Da Vinci's personality might have been and how he is as a person.

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    Giants of Science: Leonardo da Vinci

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    • By Kathleen Krull
    • Narrated By Rachel Leslie
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    New York Times best-selling author Kathleen Krull is known for compelling children's biographies like Harvesting Hope, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner. Her concise yet informative Leonardo da Vinci bio presents a vivid and highly accessible portrait of a true renaissance man.

    Gene says: "A Very Short Biography"
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  • Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story

    "Now this is a Family Story"

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    I enjoyed this book. I read a lot of the holocaust literature and some WWII history --this story was definitely one of the will to survive. The family was so close to being able to leave Nazi Germany but instead the story is an accounting is of their life of struggle for 6 years. It's a 2-1/2 hour read and I recommend

  • I Am a Star: Child of the Holocaust

    "A short story"

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    I like reading these accounts, so I gave it a 4 star, but it was too short to really tell a story. Other than that, it's worth reading.

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  • "Made for kids but we liked it also."

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    My husband and I quite enjoyed listening to this while commuting. He is quite familiar with the music and composers but found it enjoyable and informative anyway.

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    The Story of Classical Music

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    • By Darren Henley
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    The lives and music of the great composers of classical music unfold in this entertaining account, introduced by the conductor and musical personality Marin Alsop. In 1200 years, classical music grew from the chanting of medieval monks through the symphonies of Beethoven and the grand operas of Wagner to the huge orchestral sound-world of the 21st century, with its electronics and its film music.

    Boulderite says: "Interesting, informative, easy"

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    Deborah Gunnlaugsson says: "Over the top!"
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    The Durrell family returns to the island of Corfu, continuing the story begun in My Family and Other Animals. Already an ardent naturalist at the age of 10, the young Gerald lives in an unconventional and disordered household with his mother, sister, and two brothers. Convivial and open, the family plays host to a constant stream of quirky guests. But for Gerald, the main attraction is the wildlife of Corfu.

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    jdt says: "Good, but needs story titles"
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    Convinced that unnamed babies are not truly alive, King Tuthmosis I’s wife Ahmose immediately names her newborn daughter Hatshepsut. This tiny girl will one day rise above her name and become not just "the foremost of women" but ruler of all Egypt. Growing up in pharaoh’s palace, the young princess prepares for her future by learning the essentials of Egyptian religious, political, and social life. After 12-year-old Hatshepsut’s father dies, she - following the royal custom - becomes queen by marrying King Tuthmosis II, the son of one of her father’s lesser wives.

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    D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944

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    In D-DAY: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944, Pulitzer Prize winning author Rick Atkinson adapts his #1 New York Times bestselling The Guns At Last Light into an audiobook program capturing the events and spirit of the day – June 6, 1944 – that led to the liberation of western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Atkinson skillfully describes how Allied forces came by sea and by sky to reclaim freedom from the occupying Germans, turning the tide of World War II. The events leading up to, and of, the momentous day are vividly captured in this four hour audiobook adaptation. Perfect for history buffs, D-DAY is both an outstanding introduction and a concise survey detailing one of the most important dates in history.