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  • Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sandra Day O'Connor
    • Narrated By Sandra Day O'Connor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, comes this fascinating book about the history and evolution of the highest court in the land. Out of Order sheds light on the centuries of change and upheaval that transformed the Supreme Court from its uncertain beginnings into the remarkable institution that thrives and endures today.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Historical Account of the Supreme Court"
    "Middle School Social Studies"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Had not this book been by Sandra Day O'Connor, it would never have been published. I guess Supreme Court history buffs will find some interesting tidbits. Her Honor doesn't tip her hand much and offer personal insights or opinions. Just a very dry retelling of historical anecdotes.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Wilkie Collins' "Woman in White"

    What didn’t you like about Sandra Day O'Connor’s performance?

    Her voice was monotonous and had a squeaky timbre. Reminded me of some of my old primary school teachers.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Out of Order?

    Few of the anecdotes that comprise this book are very amusing, revelatory or interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Gotham

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

    Joanne says: "A wonderful book"
    "RichlyTextured Historical Thriller"
    If you could sum up The Gods of Gotham in three words, what would they be?

    I want more!

    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical setting at the juxtaposition of the formation in 1845 of the NYC police force and the early waves of Irish famine immigration is fascinating. More fascinating are the characters we follow, who provide most of the surprises in this thriller about a killer of child prostitutes. We may know who dunnit before the very likeable protagonist, but we understand why he doesn't get it first and we want to know why this diverse cast of characters behave as they do. The hero has a moral code, refreshing after living in modern America.

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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rope: An Anna Pigeon Mystery, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thirty-five years old, fresh off the bus from New York City, and nursing a shattered heart, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee of the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. On her day off, she goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she’s simply moved on - her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry natural well, naked, without supplies and no clear memory of how she got into this situation. As she slowly pieces together her memory, it soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there....

    karen says: "Great book, no question. But...."
    "Barr's Weakest Pigeon Read"
    What disappointed you about The Rope?

    Wayyyyyyy too much about human excrement. A prequel to other Anna Pigeon books, Anna learns to love nature by being imprisoned naked in the desert. Sounds interesting? It's not, unless details of bodily functions are your thing.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Nevada Barr again?

    After this book, I'd be loath to listen to anything by Barr again. I DO recommend her earlier books and have bought, begged or borrowed all previous Anna Pigeon mysteries.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The performer did well with the material provided.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    After loving Nevada Barr books for years, I am sorry to report that this book didn't have any redeeming qualities. Save your pennies.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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