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Jeanne

So many books, so little time

Lauderdale, MN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Charles Bracelen Flood
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Shortly after losing all of his wealth in a terrible 1884 swindle, Ulysses S. Grant learned he had terminal throat and mouth cancer. Destitute and dying, Grant began to write his memoirs to save his family from permanent financial ruin. As Grant continued his work, suffering increasing pain, the American public became aware of this race between Grant's writing and his fatal illness. Twenty years after his respectful and magnanimous demeanor toward Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, people in the North and the South came to know Grant, now using his famous determination in this final effort.

    Tad Davis says: "Great story, average narration"
    "Aptly titled book"
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    Grant's Final Victory is a window into American life during the years after the Civil War. Financial scandal, fraud, rapid social change...that time resonates in many ways with our own. The heart of the book is the story of a true hero. The narrator never got in the way of the story and the time flew by as I listened to this account.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By William Kuhn
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

    Robin says: "adorable, for american anglophiles"
    "Improbable but imaginative"
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    What did you love best about Mrs Queen Takes the Train?

    Simon Prebble's narration takes a good yarn and makes it moving and memorable. He handles the various accents so as to make the characters come to life as individuals.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I suppose this couldn't really happen but while listening to the story, I believed that it could.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    I will never think of Queen Elizabeth again without thinking of her as she appeared (fictionally, of course) in this story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Mrs Queen Takes the Train and why?

    Lady Anne remains most vivid in my imagination. I really liked how she and Shirley, the Queen's dresser, made common cause to keep the Queen from coming to harm.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1347)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
    (1215)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Hard to stop listening"
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    The skilled reading of this book made it very hard to stop listening. What an experience this young woman lived through. If you like medical mysteries, this is a terrific (literally terrifying) tale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Investigator: Fifty Years of Uncovering the Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Lenzner
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The Investigator is an extraordinary, wide-ranging, and singular career memoir from Washington insider Terry Lenzner, who has been first to investigate and uncover the truths behind some of the most intriguing world events and news stories of the past 50 years.

    Jeanne says: "Inside look at some major events"
    "Inside look at some major events"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if that friend were interested in learning more about some of the most important and fascinating events of our times.


    Any additional comments?

    Terry Lenzner had a knack for being there to investigate many major events. Some great insights into what happened and why it did can be found here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5268)
    Performance
    (3034)
    Story
    (3077)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Better as a book?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This may be an example of a book that is better experienced in print form. It would be easier to skip the overlong stories-within-stories. When yet another thread and character was introduced during yet another time, I threw in the towel.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

    Perhaps the narrator would be better served with some more interesting material. However, I found her mannerisms and affectations to be a turn-off after a while.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (894)

    Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life as a staff officer to a Barrayaran admiral. Cousin to imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere, leaving Ivan to enjoy his life on Komarr, far from the Byzantine court politics of his home system. But when an old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman who may be on the hit list of a criminal syndicate, his chivalrous nature takes over. It seems danger and adventure have once more found Captain Vorpatril.

    Barbara M. Sullivan says: "We are finally allowed to see Ivan without Miles."
    "A worthy addition to the series"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was great to see Ivan come into his own. He's always been a favorite of mine as I read and/or listened to other parts of the series. At long last, he takes center stage. We get to revisit other well-known series characters as well.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Grover Gardner knows these characters well. It's hard to pick just one favorite.


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

    I wish I had the time to listen through in one setting. I found myself grabbing opportunities to hear just a little more and a little more.


    Any additional comments?

    This would NOT be the place to begin an acquaintance with the Vorkosigan series. Treat yourself to reading them in order first. Much of my enjoyment depended on the knowing the back story and revisiting earlier acquainances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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