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Victoria

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  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs)
    • By Tony Judt
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (316)

    Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world’s most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through 34 nations and 60 years of political and cultural change—all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.

    History says: "Great book, but not terrific listening"
    "Better than any history class I've taken"
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    What did you like best about Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945? What did you like least?

    Many details and back stories about countries and political philosophies that help the listener better understand the competing values that were at stake before, during and for years following the war.It also helped me understand why the U.S. was able to become such a world power after the war.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Seemed to be obsessed with quoting numbers that, while startling, most of us aren't going to remember.


    What didn’t you like about Ralph Cosham’s performance?

    Monotone voice. No inflection just really flat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3013)
    Performance
    (2628)
    Story
    (2668)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Great Character Development"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Gripping story with complex characters. The narrator brought the story to life with his multi-dialect ability to capture regional accents and character nuances.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Swan Song?

    When Josh broke out of the compound and overcame his captors.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Swan's face was revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved Stephen King's the Stand and didn't think I would enjoy this. Happy to be wrong. It drug a bit at the end, however, I was still sad to say farewell to this cast of characters. I mostly listen to audible books to and from work, but recently have had to do quite a bit of long distance driving. This book made those journeys pleasurable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life, on the Line: A Chef's Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    In 2007 chef Grant Achatz seemingly had it made. He had been named one of the best new chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2002, received the James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award in 2003, and in 2005 he and Nick Kokonas opened the conceptually radical restaurant Alinea, which was named Best Restaurant in America by Gourmet magazine. Then, Achatz was diagnosed with stage IV squamous cell carcinoma - tongue cancer.

    SamanthaG says: "Not much I didn't know"
    "Delicious and Courageous"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Life, on the Line to be better than the print version?

    Many of the French preparation terms would have compelled me to stop reading so I could look up the pronunciation and definition so I preferred the audio edition.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life, on the Line?

    When he realized that he was given an amazing second chance and started spending more time on "life."


    Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was a first, but I'd like to hear more.


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

    I was touched that he wanted to treat his dad to a dinner at TFL and when he and his mother sat crying on the sofa toward the end of his radiation therapy.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband is presently undergoing the same treatment for the same type of cancer to his tongue. This book gave us a lot of hope that all the things that seem so difficult right now will improve. I was overwhelmed by the chef's courage throughout the book, but wish there had been more follow-up on his present prognosis and what his follow-up treatment has been like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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