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Judith

EPHRATA, PA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Stashower
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Daniel Stashower, the two-time Edgar award-winning author of The Beautiful Cigar Girl, uncovers the riveting true story of the "Baltimore Plot", an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln on the eve of the Civil War. In February of 1861, just days before he assumed the presidency, Abraham Lincoln faced a "clear and fully-matured" threat of assassination as he traveled by train from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a period of 13 days the legendary detective Allan Pinkerton worked feverishly to detect and thwart the plot, assisted by a captivating young widow named Kate Warne.

    Christopher says: "Good if unbalanced"
    "Disappointed"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    While I wouldn't say this was a waste of time, I would say that the book was more about the life of Allan Pinkerton and the genesis of his detective agency than it was about the plot to murder Lincoln. In my opinion the title of this book is rather misleading.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Perhaps if the author would have focused more on the the veracity of the specific plot there would have been more energy in the book. There are too many details about Pinkerton and too many details about the politics of the time all trying to set the stage for this story--but then the story-line nevers quite develops. I'm disappointed because I enjoyed this authors mystery books so I expected more suspense.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed his delivery of a sometimes bland narrative.


    Did The Hour of Peril inspire you to do anything?

    One thing that did intrigue me was the story of Kate Warren-who was the first female detective in the US. I began doing some research about her as I finished the book because I find her story rather compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed listening to the interview with the author at the end of the book--although he initially sounds like he's reading from a script to answer the questions. It was curious to me that when he asked about his motiviation to write the book he mentioned that he was having lunch with mystery writing colleagues who suggested he write something about Kate Warren. Het never does tell how he got from Kate Warren to the plot to kill Lincoln which I found amusing...since he essentially does the same thing in this book. He talks about Pinkerton but never quite gets to the suspense of this murder plot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    The President knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    Jeffrey says: "Stick characters and a preposterous plot."
    "Hard to put down"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Target the most enjoyable?

    The performance of McLarty and Cassidy--they could be narrating a menu and I would love it.


    What other book might you compare The Target to and why?

    This is a series of books featuring Will Robie and Jessica Reel


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    I have always enjoyed Ms. Cassidy's take on the character of Jessica Reel.


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

    It was a shorter audible book (only 8 hours) and had I the time, I would have listened to it all at once.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jack El-Hai
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (57)

    >In 1945, after his capture at the end of the Second World War, Hermann Göring arrived at an American-run detention center in war-torn Luxembourg, accompanied by 16 suitcases and a red hatbox. The suitcases contained all manner of paraphernalia: medals, gems, two cigar cutters, silk underwear, a hot water bottle, and the equivalent of $100,000,000 in cash. Hidden in a coffee can, a set of brass vials housed glass capsules containing a clear liquid and a white precipitate: potassium cyanide. Joining Göring in the detention center were the elite of the captured Nazi regime....

    Douglas says: "I Don't Understand The Complaints..."
    "Disappointment"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book if you are interested in the life of Dr. Douglas Kelley but not if you are hoping to read a book that takes an in-depth look at the life of Herman Goring from the perspective of a psychiatrist. This is a book more about Dr. Kelley and much less about his interaction with Goring and the other Nazi war criminals at Nuremburg. I feel like I was deceived into purchasing this book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'd either change the title of the book to more accurately reflect the content, or change the content of the book to more accurately reflect the title.


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

    I really liked his smooth delivery and his soothing voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was disappointed by the content but not by the performance.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jill Jonnes
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    Reminiscent of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, this fascinating account from acclaimed author Jill Jonnes recaptures the 1889 Paris World's Fair. Casting vehement criticism aside, Gustave Eiffel built his tower to be the fair's centerpiece. Perched at the top all summer, he hosted a string of dignitaries.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Just read the first half"
    "editing"
    Overall
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    The story is great and the narration by Mr. Hecht is enjoyable. My only complaint is that the editing was quite noticable due to a clear distinction in voices when ever something needed to be added or corrected. I found the voice over to be a bit distracting--but don't let that stop you from missting a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (638)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "Laugh out loud"
    Overall

    Who better to read her book than Carol herself? I found myself laughing out loud at some of her stories. It's worth it just to hear her reveal the evolution of the "tarzan yell". This isn't a long book but it's one I'm glad I have in my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (883)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Sobering"
    Overall

    A timely and thought-provoking book that looks not just at the events that led up to the shooting but also the aftermath for the victims, the families and the community and what has happened to them in the past 10 years. At times this was hard to listen to, not because of the reader (who was ok) but because the content was graphic in its detail. I work in the mental health field with children and adolescents and there is always something society can glean from a book written retrospectively. I have recommended this book to my staff and highly recommend it to audible members.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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