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Adrian

Author of Kindertransport

Beeville, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 18 reviews
  • 77 ratings
  • 225 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bob Dotson
    • Narrated By Bob Dotson
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    The host of the NBC Today Show’s popular segment shares his favorite stories of citizens making a difference around the country. For the six million people who watch the Emmy Award-winning "American Story with Bob Dotson" on NBC’s Today Show, Bob Dotson’s reports celebrate the inspirational stories of everyday Americans. Dotson has been crisscrossing the country for more than 40 years - logging more than four million miles - in search of people who have quietly but profoundly changed our lives and our counrty for the better.

    Adrian says: "The stories you never get to enjoy"
    "The stories you never get to enjoy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I enjoyed it and it was a superbly-executed piece of non-fiction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The elderly baseball players struck a cord with me, but many of the stories were priceless narratives.


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

    The author deftly weaved his own stories into the fabric of others making seamless transitions.


    Any additional comments?

    Great stories! What a celebration of the American spirit. I enjoyed the colloquial tone of the story and the little bio bits from the author. I highly recommend this book whether you're a fan of Bob Dotson or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glassblower: The Glassblower Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Petra Durst-Benning, Samuel Willcocks (translator)
    • Narrated By Kristin Watson Heintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    In the village of Lauscha in Germany, things have been done the same way for centuries. The men blow the glass, and the women decorate and pack it. But when Joost Steinmann passes away unexpectedly one September night, his three daughters must learn to fend for themselves. While feisty Johanna takes a practical approach to looking for work, Ruth follows her heart, aiming to catch the eye of a handsome young villager.

    Debbie says: "Like a Grimms Fairy Tale, But Better"
    "If you love romance novels..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If this book had been billed as a romance novel instead of historical fiction, I would have been informed enough to leave it on the shelf. I was mislead.


    What could Petra Durst-Benning and Samuel Willcocks (translator) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The translation was horribly anachronistic. I hope the original wasn't nearly as bad.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    If the narrator had said, "OMG, Beyonce just walked into the shop" I would not have been surprised. Her voice did not match the story and was annoying. She made a terrible story worse. I couldn't even finish it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I stuck with it for a long time despite it's flaws, but when "mounds of Venus" was mentioned, I was out. The book had no redeeming qualities, except that it was a catalyst for researching glass in Lauscha.


    Any additional comments?

    Awful. Just awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2236)
    Performance
    (2022)
    Story
    (2017)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
    "Everyday Aussie with a Bump on the Head"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It reminded me of "The Hours" in it's gentle, pedestrian manner. It gave me a glimpse into Australian life.


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

    The whole story winds its way to the ending, which has a small twist. I wasn't really surprised at the way the story turned out, but I did enjoy it.


    Was What Alice Forgot worth the listening time?

    This is a good story to listen to in spin class.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3451)
    Performance
    (3153)
    Story
    (3136)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Milk through your nose funny"
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    If you could sum up Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls in three words, what would they be?

    Really fing funny!


    What other book might you compare Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls to and why?

    This one ranks among ".. Corduroy and Denim" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day."


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

    Listening to Sedaris narrate his own stories is as pleasant and true as listening to Tina Fey at "Bossypants" and Jennifer Lawson at "Let's Pretend..."


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of Sedaris. This book is less biting as previous ones, but no less hilarious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Darren Reynolds
    • Narrated By Diane Sawyer
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (428)

    This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    mary says: "Compelling"
    "History Redux"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Darren Reynolds and/or Diane Sawyer?

    If there are audiobooks similar to this one about other historical events, I'd be interested in listening to them.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked hearing real clips about the assassination and subsequent details. I am impressed that someone thought to make that footage available because it covers the period prior to the conspiracy theories and Warren Report. Most interviews are reactions unsullied by history. The sound quality was poor in some areas, but this is to be expected with old audio files.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4647)
    Performance
    (2326)
    Story
    (2355)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Chilled to the bone"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is my second Erik Larson book. I also read In the Garden of Beasts. He has a way of bringing history to life -- in this case, a combination of history and horror. I learned a lot about a snapshot in history that I would not have otherwise learned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1784)
    Performance
    (1605)
    Story
    (1612)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "The end of an era"
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    Would you listen to Edge of Eternity again? Why?

    I plan to! The combination of Follett's story and Lee's voice makes this book and the trilogy a treasure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved revisiting history through the eyes of a European. We Americans have our own "rose-colored glasses" when it comes to stories about Kennedy, King and Johnson; Follett's fiction is told from a different point of view and it works.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when the family came together while on vacation from East and West Germany.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the third in the trilogy, so it's the end of an era. Well done, Follett. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13609)
    Performance
    (11952)
    Story
    (12003)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Still Waiting for Winter"
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    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think Dotrice does a wonderful job bringing these characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Martin tends to abandon storylines and introduce new characters in the thick of things. I'm still waiting to find out what happened to Bran and Rickan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lizz Free or Die: Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lizz Winstead
    • Narrated By Lizz Winstead
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (62)

    Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and one of today's most hilarious comedians and insightful social critics, pens a brilliant account of how she discovered her comedic voice. In this collection of autobiographical essays, Winstead vividly recounts how she fought to find her own voice, both as a comedian and as a woman, and how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life's challenges.

    Diane says: "Loved it!"
    "Laugh 'til I Die!"
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    What did you love best about Lizz Free or Die?

    I knew I would love this book, but it wildly exceeded my expectations.


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

    If I could have quit my job, drove to the beach and listened to this book straight through, I would totally have done that. Yes, it was that good!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6918)
    Performance
    (6263)
    Story
    (6262)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "Sue Monk Kidd soars with newest novel"
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    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jenna Lamia brings The Invention of Wings to life. I recognized her voice from The Help and I was delighted to hear from her. She has an uncanny sense of the Southern voice.


    If you could take any character from The Invention of Wings out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    If I could take any character to dinner, it would be Nina Griemke. This character is only seen through her sister's lens; I would like to get to know her from her point of view.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Andrea Stuart
    • Narrated By Lisa Reneé Pitts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    In the late 1630s, lured by the promise of the New World, Andrea Stuart's earliest known maternal ancestor, George Ashby, set sail from England to settle in Barbados. He fell into the life of a sugar plantation owner by mere chance, but by the time he harvested his first crop, a revolution was fully under way.

    Adrian says: "A sweet, historical gem"
    "A sweet, historical gem"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author spent the most time on George Ashby, so I gleaned the most information about the history of the island through his lifetime.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Reneé Pitts’s performances?

    No! I found the narrator to be annoying and amateurish. Mispronunciations of words including nascent, miscegenation and (gasp!) cavalry interrupted the experience for me. The book was well-written, but the narrator did a bit of a hack job with her vocal representation of it. If I see an audio book with her name on it, I’ll make a point of not purchasing it.


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

    Yes. The author created a virtual Barbados that I felt very comfortable in. I would enjoy seeing the history of the island brought to life and since reading the book, I'm interesting in visiting the island.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed Roots by Alex Haley, you'll enjoy Sugar in the Blood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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