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Shakayla

Dade City, FL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 6 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 61 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • The Life of Elizabeth I

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (281)

    The New York Times best-selling author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The War of the Roses, historian Alison Weir crafts fascinating portraits of England’s infamous House of Tudor line. Here Weir focuses on Elizabeth I, also known as the Virgin Queen, who ascended to the throne at age 25 and never married, yet ruled for 44 years and steered England into its Golden Age.

    Amazon Customer says: "Inside the politics of Elizabeth I"
    "Great Story! On my 2nd listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Life of Elizabeth I to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is great I'm not sure about the print version as I have not seen it.


    What other book might you compare The Life of Elizabeth I to and why?

    The six wives of Henry the 8th. I listened to that one first and loved it as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All were great I couldn't pick just one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither. It was just an excellent listen and the narrator was phenomenal.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended!!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Harriet Jacobs
    • Narrated By Audio Élan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Harriet Jacobs’ autobiography, written under the pseudonym Linda Brent, details her experiences as a slave in North Carolina, her escape to freedom in the north, and her ensuing struggles to free her children. The narrative was partly serialized in the New York Tribune, but was discontinued because Jacobs’ depictions of the sexual abuse of female slaves were considered too shocking. It was published in book form in 1861.

    Shakayla says: "Great book!"
    "Great book!"
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    If you could sum up Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, insightful, disturbing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl?

    When the narrator describes the slave woman who is tied up by her thumbs and whipped to death.


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

    No I haven't. I didn't find her narration very interesting. It actually hurt the story rather than helped it. Eventually I finished the audio book but not without a struggle as I found her voice to be very annoying.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read! Wish the narrator was different. But I loved the story nonetheless.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Boss of You: Everything a Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run and Maintain Her Own Business

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Emira Mears, Lauren Bacon
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Female entrepreneurs are a growing force to be reckoned with. Each year, more and more women take the initiative and start their own business ventures - at twice the rate of men. Women continue to reshape the business world with innovative models, both large and small. So why is there a lack of clear-cut, expert advice aimed at this dynamic female audience?

    Nichole says: "MOST AMAZING BUSINESS BOOK I HAVE EVER PICKED UP!"
    "Phenomenal Read!"
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    Where does The Boss of You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank a close 3 in my audible library! But this is the first business book Ive bought and listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both emira and lauren are my favorite as they are the authors of the book.


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

    I have not. This is my first and she really makes the book come alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh all the way through it as its not only very informative but very down to earth and relatable.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for any woman who wants to start, run and maintain her own business. I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harriet Tubman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ann Petry
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    When Harriet Tubman was born a plantation slave in 1820, her parents hoped she could learn a trade, so she wouldn't have to work in the fields. But because she defended a slave against an overseer, she became a field hand anyway. As she grew strong and learned to survive in the woods and find her way by the North Star, she dreamed of freedom. When she was almost 30, she finally made her escape, but her own freedom wasn't enough.

    Elaine says: "An Incredible human being"
    "Love love loved this audiobook!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book because Harriet has such an amazing story I think it should be shared with everyone!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harriet of course was my favorite character because she's such an compassionate brave woman who defied all odds to serve her purpose.


    What does Peter Francis James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An in depth look into Harriet's life, feelings and emotions.


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

    Yes! After I listened to it for the first time I started it all over again! For a total of 3 listens in 2 days!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Harriet Beecher Stowe
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (95)

    Uncle Tom's Cabin opens with a Kentucky farmer named Arthur Shelby facing the loss of his farm because of debts. Even though he and his wife, Emily Shelby, believe that they have a benevolent relationship with their slaves, Shelby decides to raise the needed funds by selling two of them - Uncle Tom, a middle-aged man with a wife and children, and Harry, the son of Emily Shelby's maid Eliza - to a slave trader.

    Steven says: "More on Richard Allen"
    "Absolutely Phenomenal!!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but I can say that the audio book is amazing!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncle Tom's Cabin?

    The narrator singing the old negro spirituals. His voice is beautiful!


    What about Richard Allen’s performance did you like?

    His singing he has a beautiful voice and how he gives each character in the story their own voice and personality! He's very talented!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes when Ava died and then St. Clair died right after her and Uncle Tom was sold once again south after being promised his freedom.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27327)
    Performance
    (13936)
    Story
    (13984)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Absolutely loved it! On my 4th listen!!"
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    Would you listen to The Help again? Why?

    Oh yes! I have listened to it 4 times already! I loved this book and the voices and dialects the readers have for each character make the book such a great listen!!! I love the 1960's and this book definitely covers all aspects of that era.


    What other book might you compare The Help to and why?

    Not sure I haven't read any other book like this one before Ive just seen movies based in the 1960's.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Minnie voiced by Octavia Spencer was my favorite. She made me laugh and made me smile.


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

    I listen to it at work but the first time I listened I found myself listening while I was in the car and when I was at home. Anxiously wanting to know what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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