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I love reading a variety of genres and authors - audiobooks are my new best friend as I knit or travel.


  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819 the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, and disease and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Linda says: "Riveting"
    "Excellent writing and performance"

    Not only is this a wonderfully written and engaging account of the last voyage of the Essex, it is also an excellent resource for those readers who would like to know more about the whaling industry in the nineteenth century. I started to read _Moby Dick_ several months ago and put it aside for a little while. In the interim, I heard about this book and decided to listen to it on a recent trip. WOW. The story of the Essex's crew is interesting and told without sentimentality or sensationalism, and Philbrick easily incorporates clear explanations of every step in the process of a whaling voyage, from recruiting a crew to the results of a successful - or unsuccessful - trip. I'll be picking up _Moby Dick_ again soon, and will happily read it with a much better understanding of whaling as it existed in Melville's time.

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  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Oh, so true."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. I have many friends who are parents, and I think we've all been at this point with a child. Or three.

    What about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    His preface was hilarious. And really, given the title of the book, there's no one else who could have read this as an audiobook.

    Did Go the F--k to Sleep inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. It inspired me to make sure my child gets tuckered out by some sort of physical activity every day so we're less likely to have a

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  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "When nothing else cures insomnia...."
    What did you like best about The Civil War? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed the anecdotes that Foote incorporated into what otherwise might be a dry history. The narration was horrible, though. Gardner's voice is fairly monotone, the audio quality jumps around pretty wildly to my ears, and there are incredibly obvious and distracting mispronunciations (especially in the first third of the book.) When I can't sleep, I go back to this book in the Audible app and set it on a fifteen-minute sleep timer. I have yet to make it more than two minutes into the book after doing so.

    What other book might you compare The Civil War to and why?

    I would compare it to The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin - it's the same mix of history, background information necessary to understand the subtleties of what happened when and why, and anecdotes and trivia.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grover Gardner?

    Just about anyone. Wil Wheaton or Karen White would have done excellent work with this text.

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

    I've watched Ken Burns's The Civil War three times, so I suppose I'd say yes.

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  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Excellent insights"
    What made the experience of listening to Nothing to Envy the most enjoyable?

    Definitely the variety of stories and viewpoints that Ms. Demick shares in the book. You will hear from all walks of life and how each person's status affected how they were able to lead their lives in a supposedly egalitarian society in North Korea. I also appreciated the thorough background information on what led to the division of Korea and how that directly impacts many families and how they are treated.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Listening to the defection stories of each person profiled. The writing and narration are especially well-paired in this section of the stories.

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

    I have not.

    If you could give Nothing to Envy a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The Lives of Ordinary North Koreans, From Birth to Defection South and Afterwards

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