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Paula

BLOOMFIELD, NM, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (203)

    Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador Thomas Jefferson to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and word even arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses....

    Tim says: "Tales from a turbulent time"
    "Great Insight to the French revolution"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I enjoy history when it comes alive. This made it very real and gave insights into the various personalities involved.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Yes. She was very pleasant to listen to.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By William Saroyan
    • Narrated By Meg Ryan
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    In World War II-era California, Homer Macauley and his mother, sister, and three brothers live out struggles and dreams that reflect those of America’s second-generation immigrants. Homer, determined to become one of the fastest telegraph messengers in the West, finds himself caught between reality and illusion as delivering his messages of wartime brings him face-to-face with human emotion at its most naked and raw.

    SJ says: "Poignant, inspiring, a worthy choice"
    "A little preachy"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd say don't bother. The narration is great, the story doesn't go anywhere, and the characters give occasional long monologues on the nature of man.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • White Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (942)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (804)

    They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

    FanB14 says: "Prep for Starz Drama"
    "Easy to listen to, great story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the way we should teach & learn history. Not just painless, but enjoyable.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Lyons’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but look forward to hearing more from her.


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

    No, too long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3325)
    Performance
    (1958)
    Story
    (1976)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Paper Money, Pony Express, Merit Promotion, More"
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    Would you listen to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World again? Why?

    My husband & I listen over & over. Lots of wonderful information. We have recommended it to our adult children and others.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

    They ruled China for a period and even made an unsuccessful assault on Japan.


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

    It is over 14 hours. One sitting is not an option for me. But I would take it anywhere - in the car or kitchen while I was doing something. Or I would just sit and listen. It was always interesting to hear. Gengis was quite a thinker.


    Any additional comments?

    History can be so interesting. Why don't we teach it to the kids this way?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (485)

    Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

    Kim says: "Excellent, with one disappointment"
    "Pretty good - not excellent"
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    Any additional comments?

    There was some repetition that was not necessary. Good information and examples from the news and public figures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17206)
    Performance
    (7437)
    Story
    (7463)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "ANOTHER GREAT READ"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the printed version, so can't compare. Audio works well for me as I can drive, walk, etc & keep up with the story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Intricate plot.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Bloomquist had to be my favorite.


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

    Not a chance. Way too long for one sitting. It was nice to savor it over time.


    Any additional comments?

    Makes you wonder about Stieg Larsson's mysterious death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22338)
    Performance
    (9015)
    Story
    (9089)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Wonderful!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It took me in and I didn't want to stop until it was over.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The girl. She was well developed and unpredictable.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't. But he did a great job. He was an integral part of the great experience.


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

    It did make me laugh in a few places. No crying. But gripping, I would say.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to hear books 2 & 3 of the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I’ve Got Your Number: First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (64)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her "happily ever after" begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Vicky says: "Seems Fun"
    "I couldn't get into it"
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    What disappointed you about I’ve Got Your Number: First Chapter?

    I couldn't finish the chapter. I seem to be tired of people getting into dumb situations.
    The girl passed her engagement ring around in a crowd and was surprised when it disappeared.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The 2nd Steig Larsen.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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