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Alison

United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 82 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • The World of Downton Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jessica Fellows
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    Overall
    (82)
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    (72)
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    (71)

    Downton Abbey portrays a world of elegance and decadence, a world of duty and obedience, and a world of romance and rivalry. This companion book, full of rich historical detail, takes fans deeper into that period than ever before. Experience the inner workings of the downstairs life and be dazzled by the glamour of upstairs life with profiles of all the major characters, interviews with the actors, and behind the scenes insights.

    Teddy says: "Fun look at the backstory to Downton Abbey"
    "Excellent."
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    Excellent. For anyone that loves Downton Abbey the TV series and has been thrown into Downton withdrawals after the end of last season, it is a must listen. And gives great insight into the details of how the house and family would have run in that time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Passion for Life: The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By C. M. Hébert
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Born in England to socially ambitious parents, Elizabeth Taylor was catapulted into child stardom and molded by MGM into the great violet-eyed beauty of postwar America. Along the way, without training or counsel, she became an award-winning actress, dazzling audiences everywhere with spectacular performances.

    Alison says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
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    This book was one of the best autobiographies I have ever read or listened to. Spoto is incredibly engaging and innovating in the telling of Taylor's story. The narrative is well researched and well written with an emphasis on a historical context of Taylor as well as her family, which I found very interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook and look foward to listening to it again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3050)
    Performance
    (2660)
    Story
    (2667)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Ok, not great."
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    The story was interesting, but had so many plot lines and interjections into the narrative that I found myself confused and frustrated more than once, as well as lacking motivation to keep listening. If you are interested in the WWII era, you may like the attempt at historical fiction, but overall was not impressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By Catherine Marshall
    • Narrated By Kellie Martin
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (186)

    In the year 1912, 19-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains – and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion.

    A User says: "Christy"
    "Love it."
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    I love the Christy story. Have enjoyed the TV/ movie series and thought it was brilliant to bring Kellie Martin in to narrate, who was the original Christy on screen. Could not say a bad thing about this collection. Wish there were more.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3042)
    Performance
    (2781)
    Story
    (2801)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Enjoyable."
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    Enjoyable listen. Enjoyed the narration, though was a little confusing to follow when the character vocal tones were not consistant. Overall I would highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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