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bethany

birds and more birds

SALEM, NH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Marilyn Monroe: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (37)

    Fifty years after her death, Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe still beguiles the world, her image enthralling millions. Many books have attempted to explain her allure and tell her story, but none has succeeded as well as this work by acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto. Spoto’s exhaustive research uncovers a conspiracy of silence, allowing him to present the facts, free from often-repeated myths and speculation. Granted access to more than thirty-five thousand pages of formerly sealed files containing letters, diaries, appointment books, and other intimate papers, he also interviewed nearly two hundred people who had never before spoken on record.

    M.J. says: "The Definitive MM biography"
    "boring story could not finish it"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    i expected this book to be better but it was like one big run on sentence i loved the narrator was great for His Way (kitty kelly) but i am not sure if this book ruined even her narration.

    i purchased the book partly for the narrator and was really excited to listen to it but i just cant finish it w out falling asleep.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    the royals by kitty kelly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orson Welles: The Ultimate Collection

    • ORIGINAL (60 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Orson Welles
    • Narrated By Orson Welles
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (51)

    If you are a lover of old-time radio and a fan of Orson Welles, you won't want to miss this treasure chest of legendary Orson Welles radio broadcasts! With his flair for the sensational and innovative, Welles captured audiences' attention with his 1930s CBS weekly drama series The Mercury Theatre on the Air, later renamed The Campbell Playhouse, which featured hour-long dramatizations of classic books. His 1938 production, The War of the Worlds (an H. G. Wells adaptation) was especially memorable, as were many other productions, each featuring talented voices and actors.

    Novie says: "It's a time capsule! I love it!"
    "to scratchy and hard to understand"
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    What disappointed you about Orson Welles: The Ultimate Collection?

    the playback (audio) was horrible


    Any additional comments?

    I truly hope they can figure out a way to clean this book up a bit because it was not worth trying to listen to, often had to skip ahead to find some spots that were not that bad, in the end i gave up

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: 60-Episode Set

    • ORIGINAL (28 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By PDQ AudioWorks, Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Basil Rathbone
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    The world-famous sleuth is back in this astounding 60-episode collection (many previously believed to have been lost) direct from the original radio broadcasts. Featuring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, this collection contains nearly 30 hours of Old Time Radio broadcasting at its best. Digitally remastered from the original broadcast recordings, this amazing set is a true collector's item for Sherlock Holmes fans everywhere!

    Matthew says: "Out of order stories, but a good listen"
    "wish they had commercials for more than one produc"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, basil Rathbone is the best


    Any additional comments?

    I am one of the oddballs that loves the old commercials but this book had the same commercial every time, alas that is how it was back then one sponsor for the same show every week

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mildred Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Mildred Pierce had gorgeous legs, a way with a skillet, and a bone-deep core of toughness and determination. She used those attributes to survive a divorce in 1940s America with two children and to claw her way out of poverty, becoming a successful businesswoman. But Mildred also had two weaknesses: a yen for shiftless men and an unreasoning devotion to her monstrous daughter.

    P. Giorgio says: "Mildred -- you pierce my heart"
    "interesting story terrible narrator"
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    Would you try another book from James M. Cain and/or Christine Williams?

    I would not listen to this narrator again she sounded breathless and the timing was way off


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mildred Pierce?

    truly enjoyed the story big difference from the movie but that was what made it fun, they sure made it vanilla and innocent for the movie


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    timing was off


    Any additional comments?

    I think I will download it for kindle to read, this is a book you can enjoy more than once

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Collector: The First Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Connor O'Brien
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    In his most gripping thriller yet, Jeffery Deaver takes listeners on a terrifying ride into two ingenious minds...that of a physically challenged detective and the scheming killer he must stop. The detective was the former head of forensics at the NYPD, but is now a quadriplegic who can only exercise his mind. The killer is a man whose obsession with old New York helps him choose his next victim. Now, with the help of a beautiful young cop, this diabolical killer must be stopped before he can kill again!

    Marlene A. James says: "Wonderful Story, Terrible Narration"
    "wow TRULY HORRIBLE NARRATOR"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wish I had just read the book, the narrator was so overacted.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    rhyme himself


    Would you be willing to try another one of Connor O'Brien’s performances?

    no


    Do you think The Bone Collector needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I was very happy to see other narrators for the other Lincoln Rhyme novels if they had the Connor O'Brien was the narrator for all of them I would have stopped at this book


    Any additional comments?

    you really would be better off reading the book and then moving on to the other books, I just listened to the book again and could not even get through it to finish it this second time due to the narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gestapo: A History of Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jacques Delarue, Mervyn Savill (translator)
    • Narrated By Eric Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    From 1933 to 1945, the Gestapo was Nazi Germany's chief instrument of counter-espionage, political suppression, and terror. Jacques Delarue, a saboteur arrested by the Nazis in occupied France, chronicles how the land of Beethoven elevated sadism to a fine art. The Gestapo: A History of Horror draws upon Delarue's interviews with ex-Gestapo agents to deliver a multi-layered history of the force whose work included killing student resisters, establishing Aryan eugenic unions, and implementing the Final Solution.

    Peter OHandley says: "Once read never fogotten!!"
    "i could fall asleep listening to the narrator"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    the background information was well done


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eric Brooks?

    anyone


    Any additional comments?

    truly the information was interesting but the narrator killed it for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Blackstone Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Orphaned and subjected to cruelty at Lowood charity school, Jane nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. The story of how Jane becomes governess at Thornfield Hall, meets and loves Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than that traditionally accorded to her by Victorian society.

    Jane says: "The perfect Jane Eyre"
    "i love nadia may"
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    What made the experience of listening to Jane Eyre [Blackstone Edition] the most enjoyable?

    nadia may is a great narrator for anything british. I have this audio book w another narrator and the story dragged on, but w this narrator it flew by and was very enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    if you try this book and like it with this narrator try THE ENCHANTED APRIL it is amazingly narrated by May.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lifeboat: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Screen Director's Playhouse
    • Narrated By Tallulah Bankhead, Jeff Chandler, Alfred Hitchcock
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie is introduced by its director, Alfred Hitchcock, and features one of the original stars, Tallulah Bankhead. It aired on November 16, 1950.

    bethany says: "better than expected"
    "better than expected"
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    Would you listen to Lifeboat again? Why?

    yes... I love the original movie and enjoyed that some of the same stars narrated this short story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the narrators and the commercials....I am a classic movie buff & loves old advertising spots.


    Any additional comments?

    for the price these are some great short stories, perfect for a short ride or trip.
    it was a refreshing change from the regular audio books I listen to. if you are a classic movie buff this rocks, also I have parents that remember when these were on the radio and told me about them. it is almost a trip back in time when technology was young.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (259)

    This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

    Pam says: "Deep background for "The Tudors""
    "very good take from another view point"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Six Wives of Henry VIII to be better than the print version?

    audiobooks almost always work better for me, though this would be a great companion to the written version (I often have both)
    I have been listening to many audio books about Henry the VIII lately, my favorite is the Autobiography of Henry the VIII, this book tells a very different story from the view point of his wives and those who knew them, this book is a great companion to the above mentioned book.
    Alison Weir really does her homework.


    Any additional comments?

    great narration and story, this author is exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth More Dead and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Why would a man kill his lover's husband and then his wife, the woman who fought successfully to have him paroled from prison? Why would he risk arrest by kidnapping the child of another woman who adored him? Because they were...Worth More Dead....

    bethany says: "worst rule book ever"
    "worst rule book ever"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    the story was simply boring i have almost every ann rule book and i am a huge fan but this was so bad i could not finish it just terrible


    What could Ann Rule have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not written the main story


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laural Merlington’s performances?

    yes i think laural is an amazing narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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