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M. Ramsour

Lakewood, CO USA | Member Since 2006

  • 8 reviews
  • 123 ratings
  • 438 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2015

  • A Personal Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach

    Here is the gritty, powerful story of Thomas Sowell's life-long education in the school of hard knocks, a journey that took him from Harlem to the Marines, the Ivy League, and a career as a controversial writer, teacher, and economist in government and private industry. It is also the story of the dramatically changing times in which this personal odyssey took place.

    M. Ramsour says: "Helps you understand the man"
    "Helps you understand the man"

    This autobiography of the economist Thomas Sowell helps you understand how many of his ideas, especially about education, were formed. As a man who was able to reach the heights of academic prominence, he illustrates how high academic expectations for children from any socio-economic background create fertile ground for their future successes. Even though the author had his own academic bumps along the way, due to family problems in high school, the spark was there from his earlier educational experiences to propel his pursuit of excellence forward.

    It was also interesting to see how Sowell's own independent streak influenced his odyssey. He is definitely a man who knows his own mind and will not be pushed around by anyone. This is evidenced fairly early in his life and is a theme that continues throughout this book.

    I wish he had discussed more the intellectual odyssey that influence the change in his economic philosophy from Marxism to the one he holds today. But, perhaps that is for another book.

    I thought that the reader was excellent and made the autobiography come to life.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "This is why I love Audible"

    Thank you for a gift of O. Henry for Christmas! Audible is the best!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Balance of Power: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When an American cargo ship off the coast of Indonesia is seized by terrorists and its crew slaughtered, the sitting Congress demands revenge. The president's refusal to react aggressively leads to mounting resentment. Then an ambitious young congressional assistant, Jim Dillon, discovers a long-forgotten clause in America's Constitution that could be used to wrest power from the chief executive - inciting a devastating constitutional crisis and plunging the country into chaos.

    Steven Morris says: "Fantasitc story!"
    "Could have been better"

    Fun, although implausible, read. This book would have been much better with a different reader. Somewhat marginal dialog was made much worse by the stilted reading. I was about 10 hours into the book before I could ignore the reader's flaws and pay attention to the plot. I would like to read the sequel, but probably will buy the book rather than listen to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"

    I loved every minute of this lovely book. I wanted it to go on and on into the next generations. This book was magnificently written and beautifully narrated.

    The unabridged version seems to be a daunting length when you first pick it up, but it is worth every minute, and then some.

    Listen to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Carson McCullers was all of 23 when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She became an overnight literary sensation, and soon such authors as Tennessee Williams were calling her "the greatest prose writer that the South [has] produced." The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s.

    Connie says: "Cherry Jones - 10"
    "Well-drawn characters"

    The characters in this book were well-drawn, and I think the author got to their core. The narration helped in that regard as each character had his or her own subtle voice.

    This is the story of many lonely people who wanted more and were denied. Each life intertwined with the deaf-mute, Mr. Singer, who was ultimately the loneliest in his prison of silence. It's not a book to listen to if you are feeling down, but well worth hearing for the characters and their points of view.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Gods in Alabama

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Catherine Taber

    When Arlene Fleet heads up north for college, she makes three promises to God: She will stop fornicating with every boy who crosses her path; never tell another lie; and never, ever go back to the "fourth rack of hell", her hometown of Possett, Alabama. All she wants from Him is one little miracle: make sure the body is never found.

    Nicole says: "I couldn't turn it off!"
    "Surprising Southern Novel"

    From the minute I started this book, I could not stop listening. Arlene, an Alabama girl trasplanted in Chicago, must go home to face her complicated past and the secrets it contains. This was a well-crafted book, and the story moves quickly. I loved the narrator, who has a quiet easiness, and who paces the narrative perfectly for the story, told through Arlene's inner voice.

    One will not regret the time spent on this book. Worth every minute and every penny spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Steve Leveen
    • Narrated By Steve Leveen

    What would you read if you had the time? What would you learn if you could? Spend just three hours with Steve Leveen's Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life and you could gain a lifetime of greater fulfillment as a reader. The secret, as Steve will tell you, is to know how to fall, and stay, in book love. That's easy to do, once you give yourself permission to read your way.

    Patti says: "Get This Book!"
    "A book about reading?"

    A person with a book is never without a friend.

    I loved this book. It inspired me to look at my reading life in a whole different way. It had many great ideas for how to get the most out of your reading life. The idea of journaliing the books you read has been very beneficial to me in the month since I "read" this book. It has helped me clarify my own thoughts on a book I read and channel my future reading plans. As a person who has hit my middle years, I realize there are so many things I want to read before my life is over, and this has helped me organize my ideas so as to read what I want to read rather than what I feel I "should" read.

    As a person with far too many unfinished books that I haven't the will to finish, it was a great relief to hear that it is okay to shelve them unfinished! Even though I know this, it was nice to hear it from a third party.

    The author does a really nice job narrating his own book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Undomestic Goddess

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor

    Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership.

    Lori O'Lin says: "a dream.."

    This was a delightful "read". The story of a stressed-out lawyer, stripped of her job and accidentally ending up in the unlikely position of a housekeeper for a nouveau riche couple at a country estate, was very entertaining. I was sorry when it ended. The narrator was superb. It was a great yarn for all who fantasize about a simpler life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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