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Laurie

Lebanon, India | Member Since 2007

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  • Denying History: Holocaust Denial, Pseudohistory, and How We Know What Happened in the Past

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Brant Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Brant Shermer
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Denying History takes a bold and in-depth look at those who say the Holocaust never happened and explores the motivations behind such claims. While most commentators have dismissed the Holocaust deniers as antisemitic neo-Nazi thugs who do not deserve a response, historians Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman have immersed themselves in the minds and culture of these Holocaust "revisionists." In the process, they show how we can be certain that the Holocaust happened.

    James says: "Important, scholarly work."
    "Please don't let this guy read his own work!!!"
    Overall

    The book itself is excellent. But he is NO narrator. It would have been a much better listen with a professional narrator. He sounds like a highschool kid in forensics class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael J. Fox
    • Narrated By Michael J. Fox
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    Always Looking Up is a memoir of Michael's past decade, told through the critical themes of his life: work, politics, faith, and family. The book is a journey of self-discovery and reinvention, and a testament to the consolations that protect him from the ravages of Parkinson's. With the humor and wit that captivated fans in his first book, Lucky Man, Michael describes how he became a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.

    Gerald says: "Great listen and very inspirational."
    "Deserves the Grammy nomination"
    Overall

    I seldom choose abridged titles, and I tend to avoid "Read by the Author" unless the author is a professional performer. I am so glad to listen to this. I found it very inspirational. He tells his story in a way no one else can. Mr. Fox has been through it all, and lays it out frankly. His work on his foundation is a window into the workings of philanthropy that can be a real eye-opener.
    Only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 is that I wish it was unabridged.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilyich & Master and Man

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In these two famous short novels, Leo Tolstoy takes readers to the brink of despair. At the end of life, worldly ambition offers no consolation for the spiritually empty soul, but Tolstoy is the master of themes and redemption. He turns his morbid topic into hope, leading toward spiritual awakening. Tolstoy offers his readers a lifetime of perspective on death.

    Laurie says: "Perfect blend of material and performer..."
    "Perfect blend of material and performer..."
    Overall

    I have always loved Ivan Ilyich, but Mr. Vance's narration actually moved me to tears.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Prestige

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christopher Priest
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1075)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (511)

    In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences.

    Andrew says: "One of a Kind."
    "Listen rather than watch!"
    Overall

    What a revelation to hear the book after seeing the movie...so much richer.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (645)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "Deja vu all over again..."
    Overall

    H1N1 has been here before.
    This is a totally engaging approach to the "Spanish Flu" history.
    Not 5 stars because of the narration...not Mr. Brick's best work. The cadence of the reading is monotonous at times.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (196)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    John says: "Great book. Poor narrator."
    "So disappointed I had to stop."
    Overall

    I ADORE the Hornblower stories. I HATED this version. I never thought I'd say this about this novel, but I couldn't finish this audio. The narrator sounds almost asleep. Hornblower's voice is lost in mush.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Mike

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Freedman, Nancy Freedman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    A moving love story set in the Canadian wilderness, Mrs. Mike is a classic tale that has enchanted millions of readers worldwide. It brings the fierce, stunning landscape of Canada to life and tenderly evokes the love that blossoms between Sergeant Mike Flannigan and beautiful young Katherine Mary O'Fallon.

    Laurie says: "Lovely version of an old favorite..."
    "Lovely version of an old favorite..."
    Overall

    I fell in love with this book decades ago. Listening to this audio version made me fall in love all over again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • See Delphi and Die

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lindsey Davis
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    Greece, home of the ancient Olympic Games, is a favourite destination for Seven Sights Travel, a seedy company which provides escorted tours for wealthy travellers. When Marcus Didius Falco and Helena hear that a young girl and a newly-wed woman, both Roman visitors, have been murdered at Olympia, they both step in to investigate.

    Rose says: "Touring Ancient Greece"
    "So much fun..."
    Overall

    I agree completely with the review that characterized Ms. Davis' Falco novels as an Ancient Roman version of Moonlighting -- although Helena is not as tetchy as Maddie Hayes.
    Mr. Rodska is pitch-perfect as narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (698)

    The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

    Jt says: "Superior listen!"
    "Meh..."
    Overall

    There are a lot of listeners who really love this book, but for me, not so much.
    Alison Weir is a brilliant historian. I advise sticking to her non-fiction.
    If you are familiar with the history of Lady Jane, you may find that this novelization gives no new insights into the major players. I found it very predictable.
    Overall, the narration is solid. I had no trouble distinguishing the voices of the various characters. But I got very tired of hearing "Tu-tor" when my ears expected "Tu-dor"...that flaw pulled me out of the story every time...and considering the setting, that was VERY often.
    Overall, good "brain-off" listening if you enjoy historical fiction set in this era.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Terra Incognita: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (274)

    The edge of the Roman Empire is a volatile place; the tribes of the North dwell near its borders. These hinterlands are the homeland of Gaius Petreius Ruso's slave, Tilla, who has scores of her own to settle there: Her tribespeople, under the leadership of the mysterious Stag Man, are fomenting a rebellion, and her former lover is implicated in the murder of a soldier. Ruso, once again pulled into a murder investigation, is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the prime suspect.

    Michelle says: "Roman Britain discovered"
    "Gods above! They've done it again!"
    Overall

    Great story, great reader...from the slimy snake from Rome to the malingering patients in the ward, to the puffed up local brewer, these characterizations are spot on.

    Kudos to writer and narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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