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Nancy

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  • The Sisters Who Would be Queen: Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Leanda de Lisle
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Mary, Katherine, and Jane Grey---sisters whose mere existence nearly toppled a dynasty and altered a nation's destiny---are the captivating subjects of Leanda de Lisle's new book. The Sisters Who Would Be Queen breathes fresh life into these three young women, who were players and victims in the violent and vicious world of Tudor power politics and whose heirs could otherwise be ruling England today.

    Linda Lou says: "WELL-RESEARCHED & ENTERTAINING"
    "Interesting story, sometimes confusing"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sisters Who Would be Queen the most enjoyable?

    The author makes the sixteenth century seem much more recent and accessible


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I have not yet finished, but don't expect any surprises, since it is a history.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's voice is pitched quite high, and sometimes the speed with which she speaks makes it hard to follow the text. There is a bit of a grating quality, also.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Children and heirs of Henry VIII could never expect to die of old age!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2381)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1092)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Laughed out loud!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because of the many different storylines woven into one man's village life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand?

    Among the many scenes which will stay with me is the party put on by the ladies' committee at the country club.


    What does Peter Altschuler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His very British accent brings the major truly to life.


    Who was the most memorable character of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and why?

    The major himself, and although he was in some ways more reminiscent of an earlier generation (i.e. Agatha Christie characters), I found him extremely appealing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tara Road

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Katherine Borowitz
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (243)

    When two unhappy women switch homes for the summer, there are extraordinary consequences, and each learns that the other has a deep secret that can never be revealed. At the end of the summer, when the women at last meet face-to-face, they find that they have become, firmly and forever, good friends.

    Monica says: "Great Story - Terrible Recording"
    "Loved it!"
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    What did you love best about Tara Road?

    The development of the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seeing the female characters not allow themselves to be denied their dreams and aspirations


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many memorable scenes.


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

    Marilyn's admission of her son's situation and the effect it has on her and her husband.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4204)
    Performance
    (1897)
    Story
    (1920)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "disappointing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    NO idea


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gregory Maguire again?

    maybe, but not with the same narrator


    What didn’t you like about John McDonough’s performance?

    Voice quality, slowness of presentation, dry delivery.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wicked?

    I have not been able to listen to more than the first third of the book and will probably not try to go any further.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Donovan Hohn
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far, and they carry you away. Hohn's accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories.

    K. says: "Brilliant narration"
    "Wow! I liked this even more than I expected!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Yes because both the author and narrator made the story very compelling, informative, and entertaining.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Tory Horwitz's "Confederates in the Attic", because the style is similar, and because the author breathes life into topics that may seem very dry and anecdotal.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    I found his voice to be very engaging and he made even technical passages sound compelling.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I did find myself laughing aloud and wanting to share what I'd just heard with those around me. I urge others to read and/or listen to the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (3884)
    Performance
    (2454)
    Story
    (2480)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Engaging, informative, heart-wrenching"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

    Among the memorable passages was the point at which Henrietta's daughter learns that it is her mother's cancer cells, not healthy ones, that have become immortal.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

    Debra


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    While I needed to take a break from the topic at times, due to wanting to absorb all that had been presented, it was very compelling and the author's style leads the reader/listener seamlessly forward.


    Any additional comments?

    unlike many books, this is one I will probably listen to, or read in print, again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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