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Mrs. Debra E. Humm-bremser

I decided to use my time being laid up to get smarter! In 18 months I've listened to over 200 books, mostly history, literature & biography.

Pacific Grove, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • The History of Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Leah Stewart
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Eloise Hempel is on her way to teach a class at Harvard when she receives devastating news. Her sister and her husband have been killed in a tragic accident, and Eloise must return home to Cincinnati to take her sister's three children, Theodora, Josh, and Claire, out of the hands of her own incapable mother. Nearly two decades later, Eloise is still in that house, still thinking about what she left behind. With Claire leaving for New York City for a promising ballet career, Eloise has plans to finally embark on a life that's hers.

    Debbie says: "Disappointing"
    "The story of an Accidental Family"
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    Where does The History of Us rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Occasionally, I throw in some fiction in my long line of history/biographies. I'm never disappointed. Characters are fully developed in this story of a woman who reached her goal of Harvard professor only to give it up to raise her sister's orphaned children. After they're grown, they are all still bound together by the old Cleveland manse that everyone grew up in, but can't let go of.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter the Great: His Life and World

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (266)

    This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

    Susan says: "detailed history"
    "Russian history is just the beginning. . ."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Peter the Great?

    Saint Petersburg's founding


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

    There's too much to digest.


    Any additional comments?

    Massie takes the time to fully introduce the peers of Peter The Great along with their countries and how interconnected they were. I never knew how powerful Sweden was or how influential Dutch merchants were. I wanted to delve into Russian history and now my favorite European historical figure is Peter because he was tireless in his effort to make his country a leader in trade, navy, and power. His curiosity in how everything worked was refreshing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1933)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (744)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Our English language is a voracious assimulator!"
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    If you could sum up The Adventure of English in three words, what would they be?

    Rethinking linguistic roots


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Adventure of English?

    Chaucer was resurrected for me because of his genius with the language and his ingenious, natural rhyming. I just had to listen to The Canterbury Tales right afterward!


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

    He made old English sound alive and current. And important.


    Any additional comments?

    Affirmed my conviction that I should have been a Linguistics major :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anne Fortier
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.

    Glory says: "Excellent! Merits 20 hours"
    "The spoken Italian is such a treat!"
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    Would you listen to Juliet again? Why?

    Too many books in the world I have to get to!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Juliet?

    Both instances when the characters are in the "bowels" of Siena were nerve-racking, but thrilling. My dreams that night had me in the caves under Carmel!


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Narrator's Italian is lyrical to the ear. All her male characters sound identical, however.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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