Milwaukie, OR, United States | Member Since 2011
This one is average, which is very good. That is why I am a Platinum Member. Very few disappointments with audible books. Wonderful narrator. Interesting story.
Lady Arabella gliding along. Creepy. Can't say more or give away the story.
I don't recognize his name, but his Australian accent was right on for Adam.
When Caswell tried to mesmerize the two sisters Lilla and Mimi and Lady Arabella and Oolanga try to help them, but Adam is able to stop them from hurting the girls. Wonderfully atmospheric.
I had read Dracula and listened to the Audible version (which is excellent). I wanted to try more Stoker and was delighted to find this one. Next year, I will probably invest in his shorter stories. He was quite an author. A new favorite of mine.
This is not your typical autobiography. It's more of a history on when and why she wrote her different books and plays. The unique thing for this is she reads it herself.
You can tell she is a very private person because there is little on her personal life in this story. It's really a textbook on how to write a book and how it worked for her.
For anyone who is a fan of Mrs. Christie's this is a fun book. Miss Marple is NOT her grandmother although a lot of characteristics they share, including a second sense that something is going to happen.
She also talks about her favorite books she's written: Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (her pseudonym). That particular book she wrote the first chapter, than the last chapter and continued to write it in one day with no sleep. She than slept for 24 hours straight and the next day she read and made very few changes. She said she loved that experience but didn't know she could survive another one.
This is a good short listen and well worth your time if you are an admirer of her work.
This book has you looking at history and politics in a unique way. The author takes you through the original colonies and who the people involved with them were and how they thought, why they came to America and what their goals were.
We can see that the people who settled in Jamestown were much different than the Pilgrims of Plymouth. One came here to escape religious persecution and build a paradise on earth while the other came to make money and nation build by conquering the indigenous tribes and further the British Empire. Very different goals and the colonies were on a collision course. It's a wonder that we survived as one nation at all.
There are 11 different cultures in America all with differing goals and attitudes on what this country stands for. This is an interesting read and takes us from the 1500's to the present day with some future forecasts thrown in for good measure.
The reason I didn't give it a 5 star was because I think some of the facts were skewed or out and out wrong. The Whiskey Rebellion was one and I will do further research to see if his conclusions are right.
The narrator does a fine job.
I do highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the history of this nation and it's political future.
This course is about exploring the greatest books ever written that changed the world.
It also explains why they are great and how they affected those around them. Professor Fears is a great lecturer and always keeps things interesting. Each lecture is around a half hour each so great to listen to on your commute or when you have a short time to devote to the lecture.
The books per Prof. Fears are:
1. Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
2. Homer 's Illyiad
3. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
4. Bhagavad Gita
5. Exodus by Moses
6. The book of Mark in the New Testament
11. Oresteia by Aeschylus
12. The Bacchae by Euripides
13. Phaedo by Plato
14. The Divine Comedy by Dante
15. Othello by W Shakespeare
16. Prometheus Bound
17. Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn
18. Julius Caesar by W Shakespeare
19. 1984 by George Orwell
20. The Aeneid by Virgil
21. Gettysburg Address by A Lincoln
22. Pericles Funeral Speech
23. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
25. The Prince by Machiavelli
26. Plato's Republic
27. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
28. Le Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Mallory
29. Faust Parts One and Two by Goethe
30. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
31. Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbons
32. Lord Acton's History of Liberty
33. On Duties by Cicero
34. Autobiography of Mohandas Gandhi
35. My Early Life, The Second World War series and Painting as a Pastime by Winston Churchill
The last lecture goes over the books quickly and talks about the lessons taught and that the best way to pursue knowledge is to open your minds and meditate on each book in order to let what the author is trying to tell you sink in.
I highly recommend this class. It opened up a whole new world to explore for me.
I have read this book many times, I have seen the television mini-series several times but this is the first time I listened to it. The narration is strong and the accents are bonza!
The story is in two separate parts. The first section revolves around women and children captured by the Japanese in Malaysia and because they have no POW camps for them the women are forced to march around the island until more than half die. Jean Paget is the heroine who keeps them all together. Along the way they meet up with Joe Harman an Aussie who is also a prisoner being used as a driver for the Japanese. He goes out of his way to help them and pays dearly for it.
Through a series of misinformation and false conclusions the two are separated. Meanwhile Jean becomes an heiress and meets with Noel Strahan the lawyer who will be the trustee of her money until she is 35.
She decides to pay back the village that helped her during the war and from their she goes to Australia.
I love Nevil Shute's writing and his characters are always believable and human. This is one of my favorite books of all time. I can highly recommend it!
This book was interesting for the most part. Parts of it dragged especially when Eleanor was imprisoned and other people's stories were at the forefront. I have read several books on Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II. The Lion at Winter is one of my favorite movies.
The narrator for this book tries to sound like Katharine Hepburn and does a good job. I hated her characterization of Thomas Becket, he was lispy and very wimpish. Not Richard Burton at all.
The story begins with Eleanor and Henry already a family with Fair Rosamund just around the corner. The author takes a lot of liberties with her death and sorry to say but I can't buy it. This is one reason I can't give it five stars.
The author does great when describing the complicated relationship between Eleanor and Henry. I have no trouble believing in their love even though both have hurt each other over the years. Wonderful job here!
The childrens' complicated relationship is handled quite well also. When you have a strong father and mother and no clear outline for your future it's difficult to act responsibly.
My husband and childrens' bloodline can be traced back to Henry and Eleanor's son John so this is a personal story for me.
Stephen King gets into the detective/csi business!
This was a quick (for a Stephen King book) listen in which a retired Detective tries to catch a mass murderer who got away from him the first time. The hero is flawed but very human and we certainly want Bill Hodges to get his man.
The killer is so creepy that I am tempted to call this a horror story, but not in the usual definition. He loves his mother, and I mean he REALLY loves his mother, so if those kind of things make you cringe, (and who doesn't?) be prepared. We are really pulling for this guy to get his comeuppance and you will have to tell me if you think he did. I have mixed feelings about the ending.
The various other characters are fun, freaky and real. There are the various "bad" people, but the wonderful thing about this book is the people that some might feel weird are the real heroes in this story. I give King kudos for his drawing of autistic and OCD characters.
Will Patton is the narrator and he again shines through on his characterizations and nuances to the speech of various people. He is one of my favorite readers.
Even if you are not a Stephen King fan, say you only like Green Mile or Shawshank Redemption, you will enjoy this book. The master shines again!
I really enjoyed this history of Atlantic City on which parts of the HBO show is based. The early years of getting a city built were quite interesting and the fact that the city was never an uncorrupted town. It was so out of the way that the only way to get everyday people to come was to have 4 different railroads and gambling and entertainment.
The locals determined that these hardworking people wanted to let loose and they decided to look the other way so they would come back. Prostitution was accepted and booze (when it was illegal) and gambling were tolerated. It was a wild town especially in Enoch Johnson's day. HBO calls him Nucky Thompson but they are the same.
My favorite parts of the book were the parts about the blacks and religion. It's always a good reminder.
The later parts of the book are not as appealing. Who cares how The Donald arrived in Atlantic City? The machinations of getting gambling legalized was enthralling.
The narrator was very good.
This is a wonderful book on the early years of our country. It begins just after the Revolution and ends right after the War of 1812. The Presidents covered are Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. I am surprised how we revere these men so highly because if they were elected today there Presidency would not get as high of marks, excepting Washington. He was exactly the right leader to have as our first President.
This book gives a lot of time to the power of the Presidency which is engagingly told as it evolved into what we have today. It also talks about the Supreme Court and it's evolution.
I enjoyed the chapters on the "Great Enlightenment" and other religious movements that went on during this period. The separation of Church and State gets some explanations too.
The most surprising thing I learned was what a hypocrite Thomas Jefferson was and not only with his slaves but as President. He didn't think a United States Bank was a good thing until he became President. He was so pro France that he wanted us to get involved against Great Britain. He said he wanted freedom for all men, but he really meant only the elite. He felt the lower classes were too stupid to be trusted to vote. He was a very difficult man to really understand as he did much good for our country but a lot of what he said was hard to swallow.
I liked the way the author described our national character evolving differently from other countries. Most farmers in America were also blacksmith, weavers, tanners or some other trade to supplement their farming.
The War of 1812 was a war of contradictions. It was badly managed by the Madison administration and it's still a surprise to me on how we won the war! I think Great Britain was just tired of fighting.
It also brought the country together as nothing had done before and we finally became a nation of states instead states united as a nation.
The narrator was very good and this is a long book, 30 plus hours so he was a pleasure.
This book is Book 2 in the Oxford History of the United States. I knew very little about this time in our country's history as we mostly learn anecdotes of the various statesmen and many of them aren't true. I also have the next volume and will read that soon. I can highly recommend this book.
Facts or Fun?
This is very much like Dickens' Oliver Twist but more on the factory workers plight and the parents who thought facts were all important for children in factories and should have little fun time.
Louisa Gradgrind Bounderby was the person I identified with and became my favorite character. She married for duty and was extremely unhappy. She falls in love with someone else and almost runs away with him but instead returns home and explains to her father what she has done. Mr. Gradgrind repents his ways and welcomes Louisa home.
Peter Batchelor was a wonderful narrator.
I nearly cried when Louisa returns home and confronts her father. I also loved Sissy Jupe and her devotion to helping Louisa and the rest of the Gradgrind children. This was an interesting family and I loved the kids.
This was a fairly dark novel and there isn't a really happy ending. The story was well done and I enjoyed the characters.
I thought this book was an updated version of the Zodiac but it was written in 1986 and some of the suspects hadn't died yet.
Besides that it was a factual well written book by a former political cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He made some interesting suppositions about the Zodiac perhaps knowing at least one of the victims and maybe more.
It meandered a bit and went from one suspect to another and by the end of the book I couldn't remember who was who and which one he felt was the best choice.
It didn't take me long to finish it and I was interested in getting to the end to see if there was an updated chapter added. No such luck.
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