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Elizabeth B. Brandt

Moscow, ID, US | Member Since 2005

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  • 25 reviews
  • 89 ratings
  • 840 titles in library
  • 60 purchased in 2014
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  • The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    In 1944, the big top of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford caught fire during the middle of an afternoon performance. Nine thousand people were inside. In seconds, the big top was burning out of control. The toll of the fire, and its circumstances, haunt Hartford to the present day. But it is the intense, detailed narrative - before, after, and especially during the panic under the burning tent - that will remain with listeners long after they finish this book.

    P. M. Morris says: "Harrowing and brilliantly detailed"
    "Intriguing and Interesting -- Goes on a bit long"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting and intriguing. The narration was excellent. I gave the book a 3 because I think the writer takes too long to resolve a couple of the story lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Shorto
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (331)

    Nearly 40 years ago, a New York State Library archivist discovered 12,000 pages of extraordinary records from the original Dutch colony on Manhattan. After decades of painstaking translation, the documents became the primary source for this breathtaking history of early New York.

    Pen Name says: "Loved it!"
    "Very Interesting Listen"
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    I really enjoyed this book. The early history of NYC was fascinating. The narrator was especially good and did an excellent job with Dutch surnames and places. The only thing that bugged me was that the author was a little to obviously intentional about the fact that this history is just emerging and he was one of the first to tell it. i just wanted to hear the fascinating story. It was a small flaw however, in an otherwise excellent listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reservoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Milliken Thompson
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The author of numerous works of historical nonfiction, John Milliken Thompson put his extensive researching skills to good use when penning his critically acclaimed first novel, The Reservoir. Based on real events in 1885 Virginia, Thompson’s gripping tale is the story of a pregnant woman found floating in the city reservoir - and of the shocking details that emerge during the subsequent investigation.

    Elizabeth B. Brandt says: "Good Book, Great Narrator"
    "Good Book, Great Narrator"
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    Tom Stechschulte has been one of my favorite narrator's for years. I bought this book because Stechschulte was reading. It was very good.

    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
    (4602)
    Performance
    (2286)
    Story
    (2314)

    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!"
    "Great Book -- Great Listen"
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    This book was fascinating. The combination of a mystery and the history of the Chicago fair worked for me. I really enjoyed Scott Brick. If you like listening to popular histories, this is worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chosen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Chaim Potok
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (306)

    Though they've lived their entire lives less than five blocks from each other, Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders exist in very different worlds. Reuven blends easily into both his secular Jewish faith and his typical American teen life, while Danny's conservative Hasidic clothes and appearance make him stick out in any crowd. Their improbable friendship teaches them that the differences separating people through cultures and generations are never as great as they seem.

    connie says: "truly rates overused "classic" label"
    "How wonderful to revisit an old friend!"
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    I first read The Chosen as a teenager. I loved it then. Listening to it now, 40 years later after raising children of my own, it had even more meaning to me. Jonathan Davis does a terrific job with the narration. The story of two Jewish boys in NYC at the close of WWII and the birth of the state of Israel is a compelling narrative of friendship, family and culture, with world politics woven in. The passage of time since the book was first published has only served to underscore its importance.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (769)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Incredible Book"
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    There were times listening to this book that I was jut torn apart! It was a riveting story of survival, perseverance, the failure of government. Incredible story.

    I have listed to Patrick Lawler read fiction and really enjoyed him. And his narration here was solid and sometimes good. But something about it wasn't right -- I thought he possibly over-dramatized. Not sure, but...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (603)
    Story
    (603)

    Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle with a rough looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence. While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up - and fast. Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction...and to unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her.

    April says: "Better than the last one"
    "Vintage SEP"
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    I enjoyed this book. Its vintage SEP -- not her vest, but still funny and interesting. I see from other reviews that folks are struggling with the narrator. After Anna Fields for so long, its hard to adjust. this is particularly true when the book involves characters from other stories (as this does) and the characterization is different. that said, i thought it was a solid narration. My biggest criticism is that this narrator does not do kid's voices very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Adam Hochschild
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (169)

    World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain's leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper.

    Tad Davis says: "A story of personalities"
    "Wow! Incredible Listen!"
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    this book was riveting. I felt the author did a great job weaving many disparate threads into a seamless narrative portraying the failures and challenges of WWI from Britain's perspective. At first I didn't think I would like the narrator -- much more intellectual and not as much character portrayal than I tend to like. But he got under my skin and I really enjoyed his approach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Trafalgar

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (176)

    A guttersnipe who has risen through the ranks of the British army, Ensign Sharpe is sailing home to England from his latest campaign against Napoleon. Anticipating an uneventful voyage, the dashing young maverick discovers the intriguing and very married Lady Grace Hale on board the Calliope. But just as he wins his way into her heart, the ship is fired upon and, suddenly, he finds himself in the thick of one of history's most spectacular incidents: the Battle of Trafalgar.

    J. Perry says: "Part 2 is incomplete (otherwise 5 stars)"
    "Narration is an improvement over prior narrator"
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    I have read all the Sharpe books. A while ago I listened to Patrick Tull read a couple of them and I just gave up. I kept wanting to like Tull but in the end I couldn't really follow him. I read another review in which the writer said he sounded like he had marbles in his mouth and I think that's spot on.

    Anyway, Davidson is a hudge improvement. When he is doing the voices of the different characters he is especially great. When he is reading the narrative portions of the book he can adopt this bored upper crust British tone that is not only irritating but seems out of place in these books. I got used to it and his voices balanced things out for me.

    I would like to see all the Sharpe books re-issues with his narration. I just listened to I and II and was all set to move on to Sharpe's Fortress only to find that there is no narration of it. Both Sharpe's Trafalgar and Sharpe's Prey are only available with Tull reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12988)
    Performance
    (8857)
    Story
    (8906)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Incredible Story and Great Narration"
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    This was a riveting listen. The story is incredible -- it involves every human emotion you can imagine. The narration was great. I could not stop listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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