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Fylynne

CHICAGO, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 6 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 60 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Cotton Comes to Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Con man Deak O'Hara is out of the state penitentiary and back on the street working the scam of a lifetime. The $87,000 he has schemed to get has been hijacked and hidden in a bale of cotton. Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones are on everyone's trail in one of their most entertaining thrillers.

    Fylynne says: "Entertaining and funny!"
    "Entertaining and funny!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cotton Comes to Harlem to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What other book might you compare Cotton Comes to Harlem to and why?

    The Help. I like books that have the potential to become movies.


    Have you listened to any of Dion Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was fun and fast paced.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1599)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1015)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Axis of Evil Indeed!"
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    If you could sum up Nothing to Envy in three words, what would they be?

    Nothing to Eat.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insight into what it's like to live in a country that does not know basic freedom.


    Have you listened to any of Karen White’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    North Koreans are starving to death under dictatorship.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very sad yet informative look into life in North Korea. My hope is for the people to rise up and demand their freedom by any means necessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2003)
    Performance
    (1745)
    Story
    (1744)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Unfortunately, doctors can kill you!"
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    Where does Destiny of the Republic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very interesting story of politics and mayhem. This book shows that powerful men show no mercy when it comes to gaining and retaining power. The section describing the convention that nominated President Garfield is fascinating. Wow! If conventions today are that interesting, maybe more Americans would pay closer attention.Sadly, after President Garfield was shot by a madman, doctors had no real knowledge of how to treat a gunshot victim. The guessing game surrounding his treatment was painful to listen to. He could have been saved if his injury had occurred a few years later. Medical advances and technology were being developed as he suffered. But it was too late to save him. It was sad because by all accounts President Garfield was a good and honorable man.


    What other book might you compare Destiny of the Republic to and why?

    The Warmth of Other Suns gives a good history lesson and it's easy to see how times have changed so dramatically.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Doctors can kill you!


    Any additional comments?

    The parts involving Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell were fascinating. The history surrounding their inventions in light of the times was good to learn about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (734)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "Great story about American history!"
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    Where does The Warmth of Other Suns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to.


    What other book might you compare The Warmth of Other Suns to and why?

    In the Garden of Beasts. History lessons in the form of a novel really interest me. The reader gets to enjoy a book and an education.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a great lesson in American history. Although it was mostly a sad part of US history it gave the reader some insight into the Black experience.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2348)
    Performance
    (1720)
    Story
    (1719)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "A fun history lesson!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It provided an excellent history lesson of what happened during the Third Reich. It provided an understanding of why the German government made those terrible.decisions. They were seeking to restore Germany's prominence on the world stage at any cost. The way the story is told through the Dodd family put the story in a more human perspective versus reading about it in a history textbook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Martha Dodd was my favorite character. Although I don't agree with her lifestyle choices, she was the most colorful of characters.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Hoye’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Since the book was written as a novel rather than a documentary, it really gave me a better understanding of that era in world history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By T.D. Jakes
    • Narrated By T.D. Jakes
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (55)

    In Reposition Yourself, best-selling author T.D. Jakes shares insights that will help you adjust to the many changes that life brings. This is a shrill wake-up call to take charge of your life now, confronting areas where subtle passivity, or even poor choices, may have stifled your creativity. It's also a how-to for managing change and maximizing life now. Covering financial, relational, and spiritual creativity, Jakes shows how adapting to transitional moments is the path to an enriched existence.

    Ayonda says: "Great Audiobook!"
    "Positive Thinking Helps"
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    Would you listen to Reposition Yourself again? Why?

    No. I've heard some of the


    Would you recommend Reposition Yourself to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. The power of positive thinking is always a good lesson.


    What about T.D. Jakes’s performance did you like?

    I like him as a preacher so I appreicated hearing his book in his own voice.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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