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Betty

Massena, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Annette Gordon-Reed
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings's siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson's wife, Martha.

    Dianne says: "Fascinating"
    "I really SHOULD read reviews"
    Overall

    I was so excited about this book I didn't pay full attention to the reviews. Man... the content is interesting but the narration is little better than automated text to voice by a computer. Robotic, halting and over enunciated as if completely unfamiliar with the content, the reader is unable to formulate the narration in a meaningful way for the listener. I listen to a LOT of historical books and usually love them. I'll plow my way thru this but it will not be pleasant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (100)

    We last saw Easy in 2007’s Blonde Faith, fighting for his life after his car plunges over a cliff. True to form, the tough WWII veteran survives, and soon his murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of L.A., in all their psychedelic 1967 glory, to look for a young black man, Evander "Little Green" Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem.

    Phillip says: "Resurrection is painful but Easy is no Zombie!"
    "Excruciatingly sloooooooow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Little Green better?

    Don't know if it's the writing or the narration but this book moves at a sub snails pace.


    What could Walter Mosley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get on with it.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Boatman’s performance?

    Waaaaay to slow.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been a fan of Walter Mosley and have listened to and read the whole series so I'm terribly disappointed and frustrated to be gritting my teeth as I listen to this. Some good scenes but are they worth the pain?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daughter of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (241)

    Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is bored. To divert his attention from his pain, a friend brings him pictures of faces. He becomes engrossed with the portrait of Richard III. How is it possible that such a sensitive-appearing soul could have been portrayed as the odious villain, the Wicked Uncle of history, responsible for the murder of his young nephews, heirs to the British throne, in order to secure the line of succession for himself?

    Sheila says: "very interesting"
    "Possibly my favorite Audible book EVER!"
    Overall

    I haven't finished this book yet and I don't want to. I don't want it to be over. Cleverly written and wonderfully narrated it's a real delight. (ps I love Reginald Hill and hate Outlander if that gives an indication of my taste)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1500)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (702)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "Repetitious content"
    Overall

    It highly annoys me when content is repeated in books as if written as a series of magazine articles that must remind readers of what has been previously covered and you'll get a lot of that here. The interview added at the end of the book was very interesting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Things the Grandchildren Should Know

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mark Oliver Everett
    • Narrated By The Chet
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In this poignant and original coming-of-age story, indie rock musician Mark Oliver Everett tells the story of his unsteady upbringing and how it fed into his creativity. The insecure son of a genius physicist, Everett was left to run wild with his sister while his father was off in some parallel universe of his own invention. A string of tragedies would claim his family members one by one, yet somehow Everett managed to not only survive, but to make a life.

    Betty says: "One of the best Audible books I've heard......"
    "One of the best Audible books I've heard......"
    Overall

    and I've heard a lot of them.
    I became curious about the author after seeing Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives. I wasn't familiar with his music.
    It's a great survival story!
    Compelling, well written and produced, and very well read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kate Chopin
    • Narrated By Jacqueline Kinlow
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (1)

    These heartwarming stories, from a forgotten 19th-century master, depict the lives of women in the Louisiana of a hundred years ago. The title story, "Charlie," introduces us to a spirited tomboy on the verge of becoming a young lady. "Tante Cat'rinette" is the story of an old black Creole. "A Matter of Prejudice" shows us the changes in a French grandmother. "Beyond the Bayou" tells of a black Creole woman who saves the life of a young boy. "A Pair of Silk Stockings" relates a young mother's temporary escape from poverty, while "Regret" tells the story of a spinster who must deal with 4 young children. Kate Chopin (1850-1904) is one of America's finest writers of short stories. These unabridged selections demonstrate her fine insight. Jacqueline Kinlow's performance is well-suited to the spirit of the works.

    Betty says: "Beware"
    "Beware"
    Overall

    Very bad audio quality

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Wharton's most erotic and lyrical novel, Summer explores a daring theme for 1917, a woman's awakening to her sexuality. Eighteen-year-old Charity Royall lives in the small town of North Dormer, ignorant of desire until the arrival of architect Lucius Harney. Like the succulent summer landscape in the Berkshires around them, Charity's romance is lush and picturesque, but its consequences are harsh and real.

    Angelynn J says: "Excellent first audible purchase!"
    "The negative reviews frightened me"
    Overall

    but I found the story enchanting, enthralling and somewhat ominously predictable. My first Edith Wharton but I believe I'll try another.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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