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Katherine

St. Johnsbury, VT, USA

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  • Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves, and the American Revolution

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Simon Schama
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    With powerfully vivid storytelling, often in the voices of the slaves themselves and the white abolitionists who became their emancipators and protectors, Schama details the odyssey of the escaped blacks through the fires of war and the terror of potential recapture at the war's end, into inhospitable Nova Scotia, where thousands who had served the Crown were betrayed and, in a little-known hegira of the slave epic, sent across the broad, stormy ocean to Sierra Leone.

    A User says: "Outstanding book"
    "Great author, great reader."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely--a totally new perspective on African-American history in North America.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning something completely unexpected.


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

    His delivery is fabulous, because he's both the author and an accomplished lecturer, so no nuance is missed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (944)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "Absolutely stunning."
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    Would you listen to Bring Up the Bodies again? Why?

    Yes!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thomas Cromwell, of course!


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    All of them--he was unbelievably good at inhabiting each character with slight changes of inflection and accent.


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

    When angels and devils switched places by the minute.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Ross
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    The Rest Is Noise takes the listener inside the labyrinth of modern music, from turn-of-the-century Vienna to downtown New York in the '60s and '70s. We meet the maverick personalities and follow the rise of mass culture on this sweeping tour of 20th-century history through its music.

    Paula says: "Learned so much!"
    "Worth the time and the listen."
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    Would you listen to The Rest Is Noise again? Why?

    I might not listen to it again, but I'm glad I listened to it once.


    What other book might you compare The Rest Is Noise to and why?

    Vanity Fair? Daniel Deronda? Something big.


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

    Not possible--too intense.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5516)
    Performance
    (4942)
    Story
    (4935)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Good story, annoying voice."
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    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Pronounced all the words right, and not used such an annoying cutesy voice for the "narrator" parts (as opposed to dialogue). Diana's dialogue voice is much better.


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

    Yes, assuming the actors were interesting and not too young.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Brinkley
    • Narrated By Kyf Brewer
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In the span of five violent hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed major Gulf Coast cities and flattened 150 miles of coastline. Yet those wind-torn hours represented only the first stage of the relentless triple tragedy that Katrina brought to the entire Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Mississippi to Alabama.

    Leonora says: "Unabridged version"
    "Way too short for a great deluge."
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    What would have made The Great Deluge better?

    This abridgement is far too short. The Recorded Books unabridged version is 24 CDs long, while this version is only 6 hours or so. I like Kyf Brewer's voice and delivery, and Douglas Brinkley's book is amazing, but the editors sliced and diced far too much for the full impact to be felt with this version. I stopped listening to this one after about 1 hour and ordered the unabridged version used online.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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