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Sarah

Phoenix, MD, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • A Thread Across the Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Steele Gordon
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    In a world in which news and information flashes around the globe in an instant, time lags are inconceivable. But they were a fact of life in the 19th century. One of those adept, impressively learned, sometimes impractical 19-century woodshed thinkers and tinkers, Cyrus Field, knew only a little of the hard science behind stringing a submarine telegraph cable that would link the financial markets of London and New York.

    Derek Malley says: "great audiobook"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    interesting story, well read and entertaining

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1429)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (659)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "great listen"
    Overall

    This was the best book I've listened to in the past year. Yes, the early part of the book is a little slow, but it sets up the story in such detail that you can picture the setting vividly. It becomes more fast-paced as the story progresses. I didn't want the book to end, and I miss the adventures of Jacob on my daily commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trade Winds

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christina Courtenay
    • Narrated By Cathleen McCarron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Sweden, 1732. Strong-willed Jess van Sandt knows only too well that it's a man's world. She believes she's being swindled out of her inheritance by her stepfather and she's determined to stop it. When help appears in the unlikely form of handsome Scotsman Killian Kinross, Jess finds herself both intrigued and infuriated by him. In an attempt to recover her fortune, she proposes a marriage of convenience.

    Sarah says: "Enjoyable light listen"
    "Enjoyable light listen"
    Overall

    I was looking for some historical fiction entertain me through a weekend of spring yard cleanup, and Trade Winds exceeded my expectations. It has a great story line, yet not so complicated that I missed something important if I got interruped. The plot is similar to other historical novels (female protagonist smarter than women are supposed to be ends up in an arranged marriage). The setting in Sweden is different than "the usual". The story sometimes seemed a little contrived, but that's par for the course in this genre. This is a great choice to escape from reality in a lively story with a happy ending!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Big to Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Andrew Ross Sorkin
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (470)

    A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America's financial history by an acclaimed New York Times reporter. Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.

    Laura says: "Surprisingly Revealing"
    "Good Listen"
    Overall

    I followed the financial crisis as it was occurring, but at the time I didn't have a good understanding of what was happening and why. Sorkin explains the causes of the crisis, the fall of Lehman and the political pressures clearly, in a way that appeals to someone without a background in the industry. The book is well written. In places it reads more like a thriller novel than a nonfiction book - I'm sure that more technical industry insiders won't appreciate this, but I certainly did!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Pride and Prejudice captures the affections of class-conscious 18th-century English families with matrimonial aims and rivalries. From its famous opening sentence, the story of the Bennet family and of the novel's two protagonists, Elizabeth and Darcy, told with a wit that its author feared might prove "rather too light and bright, and sparkling", delights its most familiar readers as thoroughly as it does those who encounter it for the first time.

    Mary says: "great book, bad recording"
    "Good book, poor recording"
    Overall

    I selected this version of P&P because I've enjoyed listening to the narrator before. Nadia May has an excellent voice and makes the characters come alive. I loved her readings of Persuasion and Jane Eyre.
    Unfortunately, I can't recommend this recording. The chapter introductions are oddly timed - they start before the last word of the previous chapter. It makes the narration seem rushed and ruins the rhythm. There are also section breaks in odd places. I was surprised to hear the "reached the end of the part, but not the end of the audiobook" message about 50 minutes in to part one. Of course part one was not over at that point. Overall, the recording problems are distracting from the book itself - I would choose a different version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer House

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mary Nichols
    • Narrated By Hilary Neville
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When Lady Helen Hardingham’s parents say she will never find a better husband than Richard, she agrees to marry him. But all too soon Richard returns to war, and Helen begins to wonder just who she has married. Then she meets Oliver Donovan. As the war continues, Oliver has to return to his regiment – and is never seen again. But Helen is left with more than just her memories: she is with child. Twenty years later and a second war is ravaging Europe.

    A User says: "Nice mix of romance and history"
    "Enjoyed this predictable romance"
    Overall

    This is a good story. The plot is predictable at times, and I rolled my eyes once or twice, but overall a good listen. It moves at a good pace if you're multitasking - if you don't pay attention for a few minutes you don't miss anything critical. It's an entertaining historical romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26702)
    Performance
    (13338)
    Story
    (13383)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great listen"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. The narration is excellent, so it ends up being better than reading the paper copy would have been.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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