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Joanna

Hillsboro Beach, FL USA

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  • The Best Poems of All Time, Volume 1

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm, Eric Stoltz
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Graeme Malcolm, Eric Stoltz, and other accomplished actors bring life to the words of the world's favorite poets, including William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Also available: The Best Poems of All Time, Volume 2.

    Alice says: "Okay but"
    "Very Disappointing"
    Overall

    Very few, if any, of the poems I found here were ones I thought worthy of the title of the book, one of the exceptions being "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scapegoat

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    All he ever did in life was watch people, never partake in their happiness or pain. No family, no ties, no entanglements, no friends, nothing infinitely precious. But where John’s life was drearily detached, Jean’s was over-encumbered by the ties John lacked - a warring family, an ailing business, a sordid past. When they came face to face, Jean could not resist the opportunity to escape the trials of his messy existence. John, driven into the deception, faces the horror of his altar-ego’s careless cruelty as he is drawn helplessly into a web of lies - and of love.

    Darryl says: "Yet to be disappointed by DuMaurier"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Scapegoat again? Why?

    Yes, I have listened to it a couple times and always find it intriguing. Ms. Du Maurier covered all the bases when it came to the pitfalls of one man masquerading as another. the only one she couldn't resolve was the master's dog.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, John, who handled the situation so wisely.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Shelley – was your favorite?

    John


    If you could take any character from The Scapegoat out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    John


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of DuMaurier's best stories and I wish it could be made into a film

    3 of 3 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
    (11638)
    Performance
    (7608)
    Story
    (7642)

    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!"
    "Horrifying, but good history"
    Overall

    What an amazing man he was and what a wonderful example of man's indomitable spirit. Lots of good research went into this book and anyone who feels sorry for the Japanese because we bombed their cities should read this book. They will undoubtedly feel somewhat mollified.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michelle Moran
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (216)

    Marie Tussaud has learned the secrets of wax sculpting by working alongside her uncle in their celebrated wax museum, the Salon de Cire. From her popular model of the American ambassador Thomas Jefferson to her tableau of the royal family at dinner, Marie's museum provides Parisians with the very latest news on fashion, gossip, even politics. Her customers hail from every walk of life, and word even arrives that the royals themselves are coming to see their likenesses....

    Tim says: "Tales from a turbulent time"
    "Disconcerting"
    Overall

    Don't know how to rate this since I haven't finished it, however, I am finding it a bit disconcerting that the reader, who must be British, has the French King & Queen, as well as other French characters, speaking with a British accent, even though the reader's French pronunciation of names is very good. What was she thinking? Hope the story eventually makes me forget the accents!

    4 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6865)
    Performance
    (4836)
    Story
    (4825)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    Having been reading novels dealing with ante-bellum life in the south since my teens, much of the material in this novel was old hat, however, the readers were wonderful and the tale from the slaves' viewpoint was what held my interest. I'm still enough of a Pollyanna to think that not ALL plantations were subject to the stereotype white owners portrayed here; I tend to want to believe that some were operated like Tara in GWTW. Be that as it may, I can still recommend this book and especially enjoyed Bahni Turpin's narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2425)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1135)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    At times, the reader sounded like he had a mouthful of marbles, but most of the time he was very convincing as a retired English Major. Loved the typical British humor and sarcasm.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wordy Shipmates

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Eric Bogosian, T. Bone Burnett, Jill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (343)

    Sarah Vowell's special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices.

    Mari says: "Vowell Nailed It Again"
    "Borrrring!"
    Overall

    A very dry documentary when I was expecting a juicy look into the thoughts & motivations of the early settlers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Total Commitment

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Waite
    • Narrated By Penelope Freeman
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (1)

    Spirited Paula O'Brien wants to escape her family home and start a new life, but is scared of defying her abusive father. He had her put away in an asylum as a child and he threatens her with the same treatment if she disobeys him now. When she sees a newspaper advert for a live-in nanny, her best friend persuades her to apply. When grieving widower Jeffrey Lawson invites Paula to an interview, she doesn't realise it will change her life forever. And Jeffrey doesn't expect to meet a woman like Paula.

    Joanna says: "Predictable"
    "Predictable"
    Overall

    Only one or two plot twists made this at all interesting~otherwise just a light read with a predictable outcome. I love happy endings, but I like a bit more of a chase!

    1 of 1 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
    (26991)
    Performance
    (13621)
    Story
    (13667)

    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!"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    Loved everything about the book~not the least of which were the wonderful narrators and especially the dialects of the maids. So much more satisfying than reading it yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Education

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lynn Barber
    • Narrated By Carolyn Seymour
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    When Lynn Barber was 16, a stranger in a maroon sports car pulled up beside her as she was on her way home from school and offered her a ride. It was the beginning of a long journey from innocence to precocious experience—an affair with an older man that would change her life. Barber’s seducer left her with a taste for luxury hotels and posh restaurants and trips abroad, expensive habits that she managed to support in later life as a successful London journalist.

    Joanna says: "Unremarkable"
    "Unremarkable"
    Overall

    Since the film version dealt with the most salacious years of Ms. Barber's life, the rest of the autobiography was a bit of a disappointment, especially the ending which was cathartic for the author, but depressing for the listener. Of some interest were her years as a journalist with Penthouse Mag.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Useless Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Guy de Maupassant
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Guy de Maupassant is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story. In this Useless Beauty ( L'Inutile Beauté ) a woman who is being kept at home by a jealous husband as a "trophy," finally reaches her limit to the astonishment of her husband.

    Michael says: "Almost Great Maupassant Short"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    A very good short story with an interesting twist~those Edwardian ladies had their special way of getting what they wanted. Wish it had been longer.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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