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Wilmington, NC | Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 280 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "Incredible Detail and Well Narrated"

    This is an incredibly detailed look at not only the Great Influenza epidemic but also how science and medical research changed because of it. It is also exceptionally well narrated (none of the annoying mispronunciations so common in other books--this narrator even went to the trouble to learn how locals pronounce the name of Berlin, NH).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blindspot: By a Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in Disguise

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jane Kamensky, Jill Lepore
    • Narrated By John Lee, Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, Blindspot ingeniously weaves together the fictional stories of Stewart Jameson, a Scottish portrait painter and notorious libertine, and Fanny Easton, a fallen woman from one of Boston's most powerful families who disguises herself as a boy to become Jameson's defiant and seductive apprentice. Together with an African-born doctor, they investigate the death of the famous revolutionary leader Samuel Bradstreet.

    Kim says: "Not completely what I expected"
    "Interesting but way too much sex"

    This historically accurate novel (written by two eminent historians of the colonial era) is fast-paced and interesting. It really takes the listener back to colonial Boston. We feel we are there--exactly what a good historical novel should do. The two narrators (actors, really) are nothing short of superb! This is the best produced audiobook I have ever heard. My only complaint, and this has nothing to do with the audiobook version but has to do with the novel itself, is the amount of time devoted to the sexual relationship between the two protagonists in the second half. It's as if the authors have just discovered sex and can't put enough of it into the story. It really does get old after a while. But, having said that--and it is my only criticism--this is a fine novel and a joy to listen to. Time flies while the narrators spin this story. It would make a great book to listen to if you have a really long drive!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Class Action: The Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Clara Bingham, Laura Leedy Gansler
    • Narrated By Gabrielle De Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When the local iron mine began hiring women in 1975, Lois Jenson, a single mother on welfare, didn't think twice about accepting the grueling but well-paid job. What she hadn't considered was that she was entering a male-dominated society that fiercely resisted the inclusion of women, a prejudice born out in the brutal harassment of every female miner.

    Ron says: "infuriating"
    "Riveting account of some very strong women"

    Both the book and the narration are very good! This is a riveting story of the troubles encountered by the first women workers in a northern Minnesota mine in the 1970s and 80s. The narration is excellent and the pace of the book is more like a well-done novel than a work of history. I highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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