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Charles

Elizabethtown, NY, United States

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  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (273)

    Alexandra Fuller won worldwide attention, popular acclaim, and critical accolades for her memoir of her childhood in Africa, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. This engaging follow-up explores Fuller’s parents’ childhoods and charts the trajectories of their lives through all the British couple’s experiences in war-torn Africa. With the same sharply etched narrative that has earned the author such immense praise, Fuller expands on and offers new insights into her family’s remarkable trials and successes.

    Janet Tarasovic says: "Great by both ear and eye"
    "Charming character describes her African life"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness to be better than the print version?

    Cant say.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Nicola Fuller of Central Africa


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato – was your favorite?

    The narrator


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

    The Rhodesian confrontation with liberation fighters.


    Any additional comments?

    A distinctive voice of a charming, although flawed, woman and the adventures she has lived through in various central African countries over the last 60 years or so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Faithful Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2305)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (923)

    John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

    Margaret says: "Faithful Spy"
    "Formulaic spy novel"
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    What disappointed you about The Faithful Spy?

    This tale which covers a lot of ground both psychically and physically ends about where you thought it would and contains a few twists but in the end is unsatisfying because it has to delve into the not credible to complete the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alex Berenson again?

    Not unless I have to.


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

    Only OK with voices.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Faithful Spy?

    The whole plague thing was not credible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2104)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1834)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Excellent story of a forgotten American President"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Destiny of the Republic to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Destiny of the Republic?

    The shooting scene in the train station in Washington.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the convention in Chicago were Garfield is reluctantly "drafted" to run for President.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Read Moby-Dick?

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    The New York Times best-selling author of seagoing epics now celebrates an American classic.Moby-Dick is perhaps the greatest of the Great American Novels, yet its length and esoteric subject matter create an aura of difficulty that too often keeps readers at bay. Fortunately, one unabashed fan wants passionately to give Melville's masterpiece the broad contemporary audience it deserves.

    Darwin8u says: "A beautiful love letter to an amazing novel"
    "Academic and yet worthwhile"
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    What disappointed you about Why Read Moby-Dick??

    Although it gave interesting biographical and background information about Melville and his whale story it was not an exciting or wholly put together narrative.


    Would you recommend Why Read Moby-Dick? to your friends? Why or why not?

    Unless a determined fan or wholly ignorant of this great book most people could easily pass on listening to it and not miss much.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nathaniel Philbrick?

    Not sure but a professional may could have done more with the material.


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

    I was disappointed somewhat because given the title I was sure when I finished that I would want to rush out and read Moby Dick again soon. It didn't happen.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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