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Bellingham, WA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 294 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Is There Hope in This Desperate Time?

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Professors Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn

    Noted academics and political commentators Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky each spoke for about 20 minutes and answered questions for over an hour. At the beginning, Zinn jokingly said that he would speak about hope and let Chomsky deal with desperation. Both Zinn and Chomsky spoke about how political and social matters had improved for the better during the past century and that today's times were not as desperate as in the past.

    Rosina says: "listen, and open your mind"
    "listen, and open your mind"

    these men are going to make you uncomfortable, because they explore topics we as a nation have deemed too distressing to think about. But if you listen closely and with an open mind, you may come to see that most of us -- probably you too -- have been drawn into the process whereby consent is manufactured, and power is kept for the few.

    13 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Early Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Catherine Anderson
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Forced from San Francisco by the slanders of her ex-fiancé, Eden Paxton heads for the wilds of Colorado. But on her way, she’s abducted and abused by ruthless outlaws—until she’s rescued by Matthew Coulter, still obsessed with avenging his wife’s murder. As Eden and Matthew try to elude their pursuers, these two wounded souls struggle to reconcile their tragic pasts—and their growing attraction to one another.

    mthrof4 says: "Good Love Story"
    "off-key, off-target"

    The novel itself is okay; nothing unusual or particularly engaging, but it is chock full of cliches, to an incredible degree. There are also some pretty big jumps in terms of characterization. All that I could live with if I were reading this novel -- I would skim for plot, and then forget the whole within a week or so. But the narrator. The narrator turns bland into something that reminds me of fingernails on a blackboard. She reads in a way that is both sing-song and monotone, drawing out every cliche with relish. There's a saccharine quality to the reading which drove me crazy. I forced myself to keep listening in the hope that it would improve, but by the last fourth, I had given up. Please note: I love well done audio of romance novels. This is not about the genre; it's about the mediocre quality of the book, dragged down into darker depths by the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Judith Ivory
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When the brainy, luminous Louise Vandermeer embarks on a transoceanic quest to marry an aristocrat, she dives into a scorching affair with a stranger on the ship. Their trysts take place in darkness, so Louise does not know her lover is Charles d'Harcourt, the passionate European playboy who just happens to be her intended! Charles is playing a game, but his plan has unexpected results.

    Kathleen says: "This Reader Brings an Expressive Author to Life!"
    "author & narrator in top form"

    I'm a great admirer of Ivory's historicals - smart, closely observed, interesting characters, strong love stories. This one is one of my favorites, and Rosenblat is the perfect narrator for it. She handles the accents beautifully.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Thread of Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is September 8, 1943, and Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it becomes, overnight, an open battleground.

    Michelle says: "I loved the story and the narrator"
    "tremendous novel; terrible reading"

    This is a beautifully written, carefully constructed novel that I won't soon forget. An exceptional addition to the body of work about the second world war, not only for its characters but also because this is a topic that's been overlooked. How Italians and Italian Jews in northern Italy came together to resist everything the German Reich could throw at them, and how many of them died, but more survived.

    But the recording. It's a real pity, but here's the problem: somebody (the producer? the reader?) decided that a character's dialogue (but not the internal monologue or narrative) should be read in English with the accent of that language. As we are dealing here with characters from Belgium, France, Germany, the Ukraine, Austria, Poland, and a whole range of Italian dialects, this is extremely distracting, especially as the reader really doesn't do well with the German accents. And the task is really too much: A grandmother who is a native speaker of Ukrainian speaking German -- try reading dialogue in that accent. I'm not saying the reader is bad at languages, just the opposite. She reads the occasional Italian or French phrase very well -- just that this was a strategic decision was a big mistake. Especially as the author did not write the dialogue with any indication of accent.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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