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Beverly

United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    Explore the dramatic interaction between Judaism, Christianity, and paganism in Rome from the 1st to the 6th centuries. Why did pagan Rome clash with the early Christians? What was it like to be a Jew or a Christian under Roman law? And how did Christianity ultimately achieve dominance in the Roman Empire?Over the course or 24 lectures, Professor Harl enables you to grasp the full historical sweep of this critically important era and its key figures.

    Wesley says: "Outstanding and worth every moment"
    "So disappointed"
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Kenneth W. Harl?

    I have seven degrees. If I took this course as an undergraduate, I would not have graduated.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I expected so much more from the lecture. It was hard not to go to sleep.


    5 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Black

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sandi Lynn
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe, David Benjamin Bliss
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (378)

    When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space”. With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black.

    Mary says: "Boring, predictable …"
    "A love story with a twist"
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    If you could sum up Forever Black in three words, what would they be?

    Charming.


    What other book might you compare Forever Black to and why?

    The story line reminds me of early Linda Howard romances


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

    I cried a lot listening to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The book would have been better without the sex scenes. They were not believable and distracted from the story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snatched: Will Trent, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (181)

    Will Trent, a dedicated agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for 15 years, knows that there’s definitely such a thing as a cop’s intuition - which is why he should have listened to his own. While in a restroom at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Will overhears a girl’s pleading, plaintive voice: "Please, I wanna go home." Something isn’t right here, thinks Will. He feels it in his gut. But he waits too long to act, and now the girl and the anxious, angry man she’s with have disappeared into the crowds at the busiest passenger airport in the world.

    Stacey says: "Too short"
    "I should have read the reviews"
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    What made the experience of listening to Snatched the most enjoyable?

    I love the story. Great characters, believable story line.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snatched?

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Way to short of a book for the money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Finisher

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish, and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for generations. Until Vega's friend Quentin Herms disappears. Quentin leaves Vega a secret message hinting that there's a way out of Wormwood and something extraordinary on the other side.

    John says: "Surprisingly Bad for Baldacci"
    "It Finished me!"
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    What disappointed you about The Finisher?

    I expected so much more after reading Baldacci's other books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicola Barber?

    Some one else. Her voice grates on me.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, don't waste a credit on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (262)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "Disappointing!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I expected so much more. For those looking for a disconnected comedy, this is for you.


    What was most disappointing about W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth ’s story?

    I had hoped for a thrilling ending to the series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Definitely. Can only do so much with what was written.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I look forward to W. E. B. Griffin books. What an utter disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Best part is Griffin's comments at the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10773)
    Performance
    (6803)
    Story
    (6833)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "OMG!"
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    Great story telling. Difficult to read at times due to all that happened to Louis Zamperini, but so inspirational. Made me cry. Made me hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abundance

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Beth Henley
    • Narrated By JoBeth Williams, Ed Begley Jr., Amy Madigan, and others
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Macon and Bess are two mail-order brides, lured to the West of the 1860s by the promise of new beginnings through marriage to men they've never met. While waiting for their respective husbands-to-be, one bubbling with optimism, the other mousy and plain, the two women become instant best friends. As Abundance follows the two women through their friendship and adventures for the next 25 years, this Western epic unearths the dark underside of American mythology.

    Anna says: "great performance wasted on a poorly written story"
    "Abundance"
    Overall

    While I like the speech/delivery of those who narrated this story, the plot left much to be desired. Not worth the time to listen to the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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