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martha

locust grove, ga, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Little Women

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By C. M. Hébert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (75)

    This favorite book for children, based on the author's own youthful experiences, describes the family life of the Marches in a small New England community. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are raised in genteel poverty by their loving mother, Marmee, while their father serves as a chaplain during the Civil War. The story explores their domestic adventures, their attempts to increase the family's income, their friendship with the neighboring Laurence family, and their later love affairs and destinies as women.

    Kenneth says: "A very good reading of a classic"
    "good articulation poor intonation"
    Overall

    The narrator speaks clearly but her intonation belongs in a funeral parlor. She could announce that she won the Mega-million Dollar Lottery and make in sound like a tragedy. Please listen to a long segment before buying this one, especailly for children.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dean Koontz
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (105)

    In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment. Whether chasing a tennis ball or protecting those she loved, Trixie gave all she had to everything she did....

    Amazon Customer says: "A very good read"
    "Awful"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    "All about me" (author) using a dog as bait. Boring. Who cares.....


    Has A Big Little Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It certainly didn't help any.


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

    Irritation.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of time and money on everybody's part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (245)

    Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

    Rick says: "He makes Bill Gates look like a Pauper!"
    "WOW! What a fascinating story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! And I have, to anyone who will listen. This is a fascinating story of a man very few people know much about beyond his wealth. Chernow is both an excellent writer and a master of research. This is a long listen but it never bogs down. You will walk away having completely revised your understanding of Rockafeller. You may not like him any better but you will know him better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Titan?

    When I realized the origin of Spellman College in Atlanta, GA.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Everything, he is one of my favorite narrators. Knows when to emphasize and when to hold back, easy on the ears, good diction, pleasant tone.


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

    The end. I was sorry it was over.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Laura Claridge
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    From the excesses of the late 19th-century Gilded Age, through the horrors of World War I, to the transformations of the Roaring 20s that gave birth to her magisterial Etiquette, Emily Post unfailingly took the measure of her era. A Baltimore blue blood with a populist heart, she helped the masses live the American dream with her hugely popular book, which has been continuously in print for over 85 years.

    martha says: "It just got better and better....."
    "It just got better and better....."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Emily Post to be better than the print version?

    Yes, but only because I prefer audio over print. This book would be enjoyable in either, 'tho the print version probably weighs a ton!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The revelations about the true meaning of the word "etiquette". That sounds boring but believe me it is not. This story starts out well and gets better and more interesting as it unfolds. Great research!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't seem to do justice to this book. It is one of my top tens, if you like the gilded age and enjoy reading the lifestyle of the rich and famous, you will love this. But there is much more to it. It really is a social history and a fascinating one. The 1922 Emily Post Etiquette is available on Kindle (very inexpensive) and is a fascinating read after listening to this book, especially when you contrast it with the current Emily Post which is still being revised and published by the Emily Post Institute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (633)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    MissSusie66 says: "New favorite!"
    "Great story, terrible ending..smacks of PC!"
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    What did you love best about The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion?

    Loved the historical information. Flagg did her homework and as always she has crafted an entertaining, twisty turny tale. Why she felt the need to throw in PC ending concerning her son, only she knows. It was like walking down a great road and then suddenly stumbling over a rock. Unexpected, which is her usual MO but in this case, also out of sync.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The history of women pilots, in and out of the military (most interesting).
    The PC ending (least interesting).


    What does Fannie Flagg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I assume you mean "as a narrator." I like Fanny Flagg's stories, especially "Standing in the Rainbow" but I really wish she would yield the microphone to another narrator. She writes far better than she narrates.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Queen of the Air: A True Story of Love and Tragedy at the Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dean N. Jensen
    • Narrated By Emma Bering
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    A true life Water for Elephants, Queen of the Air brings the circus world to life through the gorgeously written, true story of renowned trapeze artist and circus performer Leitzel, Queen of the Air, the most famous woman in the world at the turn of the 20th century, and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona, of the famous Flying Codona Brothers.

    Reademandweep says: "Narration is terrible. What a shame."
    "The book is better than the narrator"
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    What made the experience of listening to Queen of the Air the most enjoyable?

    Both the story line and the obvious research that went into the book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Liven up!! The delivery needs to be brisk and energetic for this story. Instead the narrator oozes emotion, her delivery is almost plaintive..


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

    No. It was just enjoyable....enjoyable enough to make me look forward to traffic jams.....


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this was a good listen, and the narrator was not so bad that she interfered with the story, once you get used to her drippy voice. I will, however, avoid books narrated by her in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvester

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (238)

    When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She finds him insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and begin a new-found liking and respect for each other.

    Marcheta says: "Georgette Heyer and Richard Armitage - love it!"
    "DON'T ABRIDGE GEORGETTE HEYER.......EVER!!!!!"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Sylvester?

    When you take out any of Georgette Heyer's words you turn an incredible historical adventure full of nuance, British dry wit, and solid research, into just another love story. She is a past master at her craft. Don't mess with it.


    What was most disappointing about Georgette Heyer’s story?

    Abridgement.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All the parts that were left out.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sylvester?

    NONE!!! Put everything back the way it was.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't abridge anything by Georgette Heyer or Laura Hillenbrand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. J. Stiles
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (180)

    In The First Tycoon, Stiles offers the first complete, authoritative biography of this titan, and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore's personal life. It is a sweeping, fast-moving epic, and a complex portrait of the great man. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive. He was a visionary who pioneered business models.

    john says: "Great! If you can get through it..."
    "A Boring Recital of Facts"
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    What would have made The First Tycoon better?

    More anecdote interwoven with facts. Listening to this is like listening to an entire semester of lecture in one very long session.


    What was most disappointing about T. J. Stiles’s story?

    Nothing brought the real man to light. Stiles should have read Brand's "Titan" before he wrote this.


    What three words best describe Mark Deakins’s performance?

    100 percent average.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The First Tycoon?

    None. I do not believe in abridging, even in a boring book.


    Any additional comments?

    VERY disappointed. I like long, factual biographies but only when the person becomes a person not just a vehicle for facts.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ragged Dick: Or Street Life in New York with the Boot-Blacks

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Horatio Alger
    • Narrated By Christopher Crennen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Ragged Dick details the adventures of Richard Hunter, a homeless boy who earns a living shining shoes on the streets of Manhattan in the mid 1800s. Inspired by a customer he meets, Dick resolves to improve his situation, finds a roommate who can act as his tutor, and overcomes adversity with wit and good cheer. First published in book form in 1866, Ragged Dick was Alger's first great publishing success.

    martha says: "Poor narrator"
    "Poor narrator"
    Overall
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    This is a typical Alger story. Rags to riches with an incredible amount of good luck for the heros. Alger was immensly popular during his time frame and this may appeal to history buffs for that reason. If you want a feel good story that ends well everytime and are not hung up on reality this is a fun read...or it would be with a better narrator. The gentleman who narrates Marjorie Morningstar would be excellent. Unfortunately, Christopher Crennen narrates like he is reading a laundry list and a boring one at that. A certain unpleasant twang on certain words doesn't help. He does articulate well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mischief of the Mistletoe: A Pink Carnation Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (177)

    Arabella Dempsey's dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson's Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls' school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies....

    A. L. Bray says: "A smashing good time!"
    "a 20 page plot with 300 pages of silly description"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. Author's


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lauren Willig again?

    No.


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

    Very good narrator. Hope she reads something worth listening to.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Mischief of the Mistletoe?

    Take out 90% of the cutesy descriptions. Only the footman's shoelaces were left out.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot might have had potential. There is a great deal of difference between clever absurdity and overstated silliness. I get the impression the author is rolling in the aisle over her phrases. Unfortunately she is the only one...at least for readers like me, who treasure our Georgette Heyer. If you like Heyer, avoid this.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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