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sharon

love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.

san diego, california, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Breath: A Lifetime in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Martha Mason
    • Narrated By Catherine Byers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Some might wonder how Martha could have clung to hope at all. In 1948, on the day of the funeral of her adored older brother, Gaston, a quick victim of the great polio epidemic, Martha was struck with the same dreaded disease. After a year in polio hospitals, she was sent back to her home in the village of Lattimore in the cotton-growing hills of western North Carolina. She was completely paralyzed, with only her head protruding from an 800-pound yellow metal cylinder that breathed for her.

    sharon says: "What an amazing story"
    "What an amazing story"
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    This is quite an unusual book.It is about a woman named Martha Mason who spent @ 50 years in an iron lung after coming down with Polio in the early 50"s . She lived in a in a little town in the south. She graduated from college,ran a book discussion group and hosted dinners all while confined to an iron lung in her home. Her selfless loving father and mother supported her in a lifetime of achievement. The narration was perfect.Do not miss this inspiring life story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unwritten: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
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    (36)
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    Father Steady Capri knows quite a bit about helping others. But he is afraid Katie Quinn's problems may be beyond his abilities. But there is one person who still may be able to save her from herself. He will show her an alternate escape, a way to write a new life. Ultimately, he will need to leave his secluded home and sacrifice the serenity he's found to help her. From the Florida coast, they will travel to the French countryside where they will discover the unwritten story of both their pasts and their future.

    sharon says: "Couldn't Stop Listening!!!"
    "Couldn't Stop Listening!!!"
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    I already knew I liked Charles Martin. He is a very good writer. However when I started listening to "Unwritten" I almost lost interest after the first half hour or so.( Too many fishing references). Because I usually love his stories I continued on. I am so glad I did. This book really went over the top. The characters story were very different and you were not sure where the plot was going to go. The narrator was excellent. He really made you feel as if you were there watching in the background . I absolutely loved Sunday/Peter what a man! If you have never read Charles Martin this is where to start!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including papers made available to her by direct descendants of the Third Reich's ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and lost dossiers discovered at the National Archives and Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into one of the most complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secrets of the 20th century.

    sharon says: "Exposure of the Systematic stonewalling of facts"
    "Exposure of the Systematic stonewalling of facts"
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    A very interesting documentation of Operation Paperclip and what lies hidden behind the American Scientist Programs in post war America. The systematic cover-up of facts that dozens if not hundreds of Americans took part in , to bring NAZI WAR CRIMINALS to America to further our Space and Chemical Weapons Programs .
    How some in the Military whitewashed the Nazi pasts of dozens of Doctors and Scientists allowing them to live the "American Dream", become respected members of the space pioneer elite and escape punishment for their atrocities during WW2.
    The narration (by the author)was not as good as a professional but a fascinating story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah Morris Remembers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Patience Tomlinson
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    With the help of her old diaries, Sarah Morris recounts her life story. The daughter of an English vicar, she begins by telling of her happy childhood with her brothers and sister in their country village. As a teenager, Sarah’s brother brings home a friend - Charles, a charming Austrian to whom she quickly becomes close. Over the years they fall in love, but when war breaks out Charles must return to Austria. While she awaits his return, Sarah quietly continues working hard and caring for her family. But she can’t stop wondering if she will ever see her sweetheart again…

    sharon says: "Good Story Not a good narratior"
    "Good Story Not a good narratior"
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    This is a good back story to the book "Sarah" Cottage. I liked the story but the narrator was annoying especially when she did the children's voices. I would not look for another book by this person. Because I Love DE Stevenson I put up with the inferior narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Lives of Codebreakers: The Men and Women Who Cracked the Enigma Code at Bletchley Park

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sinclair McKay
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Bletchley Park looked like any other sprawling country estate. In reality, however, it was the top-secret headquarters of Britain’s Government Code and Cypher School - and the site where Germany’s legendary Enigma code was finally cracked. There, the nation’s most brilliant mathematical minds - including Alan Turing, whose discoveries at Bletchley would fuel the birth of modern computing - toiled alongside debutantes, factory workers, and students on projects of international importance. Until now, little has been revealed about ordinary life at this extraordinary facility.

    Drew says: "Dull treatment of an exciting subject"
    "Great Story About Bletchley Park"
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    I really enjoyed this back story about Bletchley Park and the people who worked there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "Did not Like This...."
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    The book is a childish attempt to give us a history lesson on WW2. Terrible dialogue,
    and a silly plot. I did not even finish it. No more Susan MacNeal for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Denise Kiernan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
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    At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.

    CBlox says: "Important story of this secret city"
    "Interesting Story About Women in WW2"
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    I really enjoyed this book about the women involved in the development of the Atomic Bomb in Oak Ridge Tennessee. What it was like to work in a government run "secret city"
    which at its peak held over 100,00 people who were all involved in "the Manhattan Project"
    Good narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
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    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    Susie says: "New favorite!"
    "Latest Fannie Flagg a Winner"
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    Another fun and funny book by Fannie Flagg. Full of crazy characters and an interwoven plot that takes place in the present and in the past about women flyers and a forgotten piece of WW 2 history .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Postcards from the Past

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marcia Willett
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
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    Siblings Billa and Ed share their beautiful, grand childhood home in rural Cornwall. Their lives are uncomplicated. With familyand friends nearby and their free and easy living arrangements, they are ascontent as can be. But when postcards start arriving from a sinisterfigure they thought was well and truly in their pasts, old memories arestirred. Why is he contacting them now? And what has he been hiding all theseyears?

    sharon says: "AS USUAL A WONDERFUL BOOK"
    "AS USUAL A WONDERFUL BOOK"
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    This story is a continuation of "Christmas in Cornwall" with some new characters and
    expansion of the story in the first book. As Always Marcia Willett's story is a gem. She resembles Rosamunde Pilcher in her writing style.
    . So if you like Pilcher you will love Marcia Willett. I only wish there were MORE Marcia Willet novels available at Audible I would get every one
    The narration was excellent. Perfect dictation made listening a pleasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kristen Iversen
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Kristen Iversen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (45)
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    Full Body Burden is a haunting work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman, Kristen Iversen, growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated "the most contaminated site in America." It's the story of a childhood and adolescence in the shadow of the Cold War, in a landscape at once startlingly beautiful and - unknown to those who lived there - tainted with invisible yet deadly particles of plutonium.

    Carol says: "A story that no one else wanted to tell."
    "Important Information Every One should Know"
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    At First I was not impressed with the story. The authors family is clearly dysfunctional.
    It was hard to be sympathetic. The continuity was not the best. However the information
    about our Nuclear program in Colorado was unbelievable . Rocky Flats was and IS one of the HOTTEST areas in the United States with plutonium pollution. Over all the information is compelling and a good "read" The narrator is very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of the Deer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By D. E. Stevenson
    • Narrated By Nick McArdle
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    (13)
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    (9)
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    At short notice, Gerald Burleigh Brown is asked to take a deer-stalking holiday in place of his brother-in-law. The old hunting lodge where Gerald stays is miles from the nearest village and surrounded by the forest with its high rocky hills. Apart from getting to know the other people in the house party, Gerald gradually begins to understand and make friends with the local inhabitants. Then suddenly an outburst of violence changes the whole nature of his holiday.

    Jerri says: "Final novel by a wonderful author"
    "Mystery in the Scottish Highlands"
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    This is a sequel to "Gerald and Elizabeth" it also has characters from "Charlotte Fairlie"
    Good character development and a fine narration. A little too much talk about deer stalking and killing .That is why I gave it one less star than my usual 5 stars for other D E Stevenson stories. Still well worth a listen. Current authors cannot match some of the old ones for consistently good books. More DE Stevenson Please!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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