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  • Word Smart II: Building an Even More Educated Vocabulary

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Adam Robinson, Julian Fleisher
    • Narrated By Adam Robinson, Julian Fleisher
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (21)

    Word Smart II takes up where Word Smart leaves off - with more important words you need to succeed in school and at work. And because this is an audio program, you won't have to worry about correct punctuation or embarrass yourself when you try to impress others with your growing mental lexicon.

    Bob says: "Learning new words FAST"
    "Great for GRE Review"
    Overall

    This is a great review for the GRE test. The material is presented in such a way that you thoroughly understand and can remember each new word. Or, if you are reviewing, it offers a great review. When you have read as much as you can in one sitting, this audio review adds the little extra. Some of the vocabulary is basic, but there is a lot of advanced vocabulary as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

    • UNABRIDGED (66 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (255)

    Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders have known: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of our time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens - the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses - and brings to light a bonanza of vital new information.

    jeff says: "AMAZING read"
    "New York Politics"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a really good book for those who are interested in New York, not just New York politics.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead character Robert Moses, of course, was the star of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New York: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (432)

    New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

    Chuck says: "Stunning"
    "Great Story!"
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    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book, taking the reader from 17th Century New York (Manhattan) through the early (very early) 21st Century in a narrative that engages the reader. The details are historically accurate and offer the lessor known fine points of historical New York. This is an enjoyable, leisurely read.


    What other book might you compare New York to and why?

    Hummm.....The first book that comes to mind is Diana Gabaldon's Highlander series.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Bramhall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first Mark Bramhall performance, which was enjoyable. His pronunciation and timing make listening enjoyable.


    If you could rename New York, what would you call it?

    The New World


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Search for Modern China

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jonathan D. Spence
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    The history of China is as rich and strange as that of any country on earth. Yet for many, China’s history remains unknown, or known only through the stylized images that generations in the West have cherished or reviled as truth. With his command of character and event - the product of 30 years of research and reflection in the field - Spence dispels those myths in a powerful narrative. Over four centuries of Chinese history, Spence fashions the astonishing story of the effort to achieve a modern China.

    Patricia says: "Great Read, Difficult Chinese"
    "Great Read, Difficult Chinese"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would certainly recommend this book as it is both comprehensive and concise. Spence does a great job at covering China's history in a easily digestible read.


    What other book might you compare The Search for Modern China to and why?

    Nothing out there really compares to Spence's tome, but to supplement this history, Arthur Smith's 19th and 20th century writings cover Chinese culture and society from a more humanistic perspective. Together, the reader will get a good feel for China.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Chinese pronunciation is difficult for a non-native speaker and the reader's attempts, while noble, fall short of the mark. For those who speak Mandarin, the Chinese pronunciation is annoyingly incorrect making it difficult to follow the narrative when it comes to places and names. It's a struggle, at best. However, for non Mandarin speakers, this may not be a problem.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Private Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (643)

    With more than 10 million copies in print worldwide, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a global phenomenon. Lord John and the Private Matter, starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, captures all the adventure and magic of the series while delivering a fresh tale that is utterly captivating.

    GoryDetails says: "Lively tale, well told"
    "Disappointing after the Outlander series"
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    What would have made Lord John and the Private Matter better?

    Substance. The book is very dry and reads more like a footnote.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anyone's guess.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did not enjoy this book on any level and felt myself laboring just to finish it.


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

    Disappointment, not in the story, but because it lacked a story.


    Any additional comments?

    An ardent fan of Gabaldon’s Outlander series, I am very disappointed with the first book in the Lord John series. The storyline lacks any real substance lending itself more toward a footnote than a separate series in its own right. Unfortunately, the timing of the writing did not permit this option. Narration is excellent and easy to understand. Wish I could recommend this book, but I can’t.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14854)
    Performance
    (9229)
    Story
    (9105)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Great Book --- Great Series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a well researched historical novel (Book 1) in a series that keeps you glued to the (ah hum) pages. The story moves quickly (except for the love scenes) but in such a way that you feel that you've moved on with a full understanding of the events at hand. I'm glad I didn't read this one, and chose to have it read to me. Pronouncing many of the names, places, and miscellaneous foreign words certainly would have been a challenge. I purchased the "Outlandish Companion," a handbook that addresses many of the details in the series and found that written Gaelic, Scots, and French would have been impossible.


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    Davina Porter does an outstanding job carrying each characters voice through the entire series. Her pronunciation of the difficult Gaelic, Scots, and French is perfect! She is amazing! Kudos!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book (series) is riveting.


    Any additional comments?

    I can count the number of novels I've read (I don't particularly like novels) but this series stands among some of the best stories told. Historically correct (Yes, I did spot check those things that seemed a little odd to find that they did make it to the history books --- with the caveat that print doesn't make it truth) in even the most minute detail. It was quite easy to separate fact from fiction where the "holes" in history needed context.

    I recommend this series to anyone (like myself) who prefers non-fiction, but might be looking for a novel for a bit of relaxation. And to those who prefer fiction, a little history told well!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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