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Barbara

Bragg Creek, AB, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Blood Highways: The True Story behind the Ford-Firestone Killing Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Adam L. Penenberg
    • Narrated By Meral Mathews
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Blood Highways is the heart-wrenching account of the biggest product liability case in history: the Ford-Firestone fiasco. At the center of the story are two people: Tab Turner, a charismatic trial attorney from Arkansas, who has made a career out of forcing Ford and other automakers to own up to knowingly trade human lives for profits; and Donna Bailey, a single mother and outdoor enthusiast who fought back from the brink of death to confront those ultimately responsible for her accident.

    Barbara says: "Horrifying example of corporate greed!"
    "Horrifying example of corporate greed!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I found the book hard to put down. The greed and arrogance of these companies is appalling. An interesting look at the challenges faced in trying to gain government involvement in big business and their reluctance to do so until faced with significant blowback. The human cost of due to the perfect storm of defective products is staggering.


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

    I have always been interested in these type of books. Another great one is The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. Another look at corporate greed and arrogance.


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

    Nothing. The narration was great and appropriate for this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Judy Melinek, MD, T. J. Mitchell
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

    Barbara says: "An interesting glimpse"
    "An interesting glimpse"
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    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I found the narration to be good until she had to do male voices....it was frankly, grating.
    Really bad at male voices.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (581)

    It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

    Sara says: "A jewel"
    "Mediocre at best"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was ok..


    What was most disappointing about Heather Gudenkauf’s story?

    The lack of research into police jargon/procedures. Made the story implausible and silly at times.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Ensemble was pretty good, not great.


    Did The Weight of Silence inspire you to do anything?

    Nope..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (205)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "Loved every minute!!!"
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    Where does Dearie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This tops the list. Julia was remarkable. I wish I had known her.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything.


    What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job in all aspects.


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

    Yes, but impossible given it is 25 hrs long!


    Any additional comments?

    A truly great "read".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Larry Jacobson
    • Narrated By Larry Jacobson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    With his first mate and crew, amateur sailor Larry Jacobson embarked on a lifelong goal to circumnavigate the globe. Willing to risk all, Jacobson spent six years sailing into the unknown where the unrelenting oceans served as a teacher of seamanship, personal strength, and perseverance. In The Boy Behind the Gate, the author reveals those crucial steps that will motivate you to make your dreams come true. We are each given one great opportunity at life. What are you going to do with yours?

    LINDA says: "Wonderful!!!"
    "Meh...not life changing"
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    What disappointed you about The Boy Behind the Gate: How His Dream of Sailing Around the World Became a Six-Year Odyssey of Adventure, Fear, Discovery and Love?

    Did not at all live up to the hype of ratings given.


    What could Larry Jacobson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Had someone else read it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Larry Jacobson?

    Anyone.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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