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Barna

Elkridge, MD, United States

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  • 18 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 97 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Out of Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Blixen
    • Narrated By Julie Christie
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    After the failure of her coffee farm, Karen Blixen returned to Denmark, where she wrote this classic account of her experiences. Out of Africa is a celebration of her life there and her friendship with the various peoples of the area. Her sympathetic response to the landscape and animals are drawn with warmth and unusual clarity.

    Mark says: "Transported there"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall

    I was reading a book by a medical person about grief and the author indicated that Out of Africa was one of her late husband's favorite books, so I put it on my list. I think it helps to have seen the movie if for no other reason you can picture the actress who played the author. This is not a continuous book but a series of stories, some pleasant, some not. You do not have to listen all at one time but can come back to it, which I did.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dick Van Dyke
    • Narrated By Dick Van Dyke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (266)

    Dick Van Dyke, indisputably one of the greats of the golden age of television, is admired and beloved by audiences the world over for his beaming smile, his physical dexterity, his impeccable comic timing, his ridiculous stunts, and his unforgettable screen roles.

    Richard says: "Still Inspires Me and Funny."
    "Great easy listen in his own voice!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to this on vacation while driving through the North Carolina mountains! You are immediately comforted with the voice of the one and only DIck Van Dyke. This is another story of someone who went through a long time with nothing and lived one day to the next, which you forget in all of the glamour of Hollywood. I must admit that I kept waiting for what I consider to be the two big Dick events, the breakup of his marriage and subsequent long partnership with MIchelle Triola and his alcoholism. Don't make the same mistake! There are plenty of good stories about his television shows, Broadway shows and movies and his marriage as they moved around for his career. I got the book from the library to look at the pictures and he was friends with great ones such as Richard Crenna. I know what Michelle looked like but I would have liked to see her picture in there are as well. This is a multi-generation listen; my mom liked it too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1214)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (864)

    When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

    Sara says: "A Summer Mystery"
    "My first book by Louise Penny"
    Overall

    I had Louise Penny on my author list to try for a long time, and downloaded this one before a long car trip. This was a good mystery which took a while to unwind. I was totally unfamiliar with the character and just knew the books took place in Canada. I will defintely listed to more of these in the future.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Roose
    • Narrated By Kevin Roose
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    No drinking, no smoking, no cursing, no dancing, no R-rated movies. Kevin roose wasn't used to rules like these. As a sophomore at Brown University, he spent his days drinking fair-trade coffee, singing in an a cappella group, and fitting right in with Brown's free-spirited, ultra-liberal student body. But when Roose leaves his Ivy League confines to spend a semester at Liberty University, a conservative Baptist school in Lynchburg, Virginia, obedience is no longer optional.

    Timothy says: "A good listen"
    "Good book"
    Overall

    I think you will be impressed with this book as I was to think that the writer is a pretty young guy. He is a witness to the Falwell empire and has the luck to have the last interview with him. I really liked that he read his own book. Kevin Roose doesn't seem to have much regret that he misled his LIberty friends while it was happening, which I found hard to believe, though.he does return to campus sometime later and 'fesses up. You will come away with the feeling that you never knew such places existed, although I have since learned that Brigham Young has similar restrictions. Easy, fast listen which is always good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Eichmann: Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (388)

    Best-selling author Neal Bascomb has garnered critical acclaim for such riveting nonfiction as Higher and Red Mutiny. Based on extensive interviews and previously classified details, Hunting Eichmann is a compelling account of the relentless hunt for the nefarious Adolf Eichmann.

    Scott says: "A Fascinating Story of Eichmann's Capture"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    This is a great book that had been on my wish list for quite a while. It really gave you the history after World War II and I never knew that a lot of people wanted to forget what Hitler and company had done and just move on. I don't know if I would have felt that way. The build up of people knowing that was probably Eichmann in South America but preceding cautiously with that information was suspenseful. Even though you know what eventually happens you won't be disappointed with this book. The narration is great. Not as long as the hours imply; this is a fast listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Annette Gordon-Reed
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings's siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson's wife, Martha.

    Dianne says: "Fascinating"
    "Good but too long"
    Overall

    THis was recommended as one of the top books for 2008 and I knew it was long but I have been driving a lot so I tried it. Really excellent story about Jefferson but moreso about the extended Hemings clan. I have read the book a while ago about Sally Hemings but this really fleshed out the entire clan and their history. I really enjoyed reading about their time in Paris and the possibility that Sally could be freed there. In the end, just too long and now if I see an audio book I might be interested in I compare its length to this one and if it is about as long I have to say no. Maybe in an abridged version it would be better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Camouflage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joe Haldeman
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (278)

    The artifact is found seven miles below the surface of the sea and beneath 40 more feet of sand. The Navy's efforts to raise a wrecked submarine uncover it - and set in motion a scientific race to retrieve it, to discover just what it is and where it came from. Denser than any substance known to man, it has broken every drill bit they've tried on it and will not budge an inch. It resists every effort to breach it - or communicate with it.

    Deborah Thompson says: "Grows on you"
    "Another Joe Haldeman winner"
    Overall

    This was a great listen that I saved until I was making a long car trip. Kept bouncing back between the past and the present, which was a bit offputting at first, until both stories converge in a great climax. I won't give anything away, but if you have enjoyed other books by this author like Forever War, this is for you. There is no war in this one, however. Get it!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Rommel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    Autumn 1942. Hitler's legions have swept across Europe; France has fallen; Churchill and the English stand isolated on their island. In North Africa, Rommel and his Panzers have routed the British Eighth Army and stand poised to overrun Egypt, Suez, and the oil fields of the Middle East.

    James says: "Killing Rommel"
    "Wonderful book"
    Overall

    This is a great book for audio that was on one of those "best of" lists I saw for 2008. I actually had to replay the beginning half way through when the reader states that it is fiction. This is a look at WWII that you have not seen before; the war was exciting, suspenseful, and they all wanted to be there. Not exactly the "Greatest Generation" stuff we have been inundated with, but better. The hero's wife also did not want to miss anything so she volunteered and is right there in Africa, even while pregnant. The hero says that British public schools prepared men for the war. A great time to be a man or a woman. Would I ( a woman) have gone? Not to be forgotten, terrific narration by Alfred Molina.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Writer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Roger Rees
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    Adam Lang has been Britain’s longest serving—and most controversial—prime minister of the last half century. As pressure mounts for Lang to complete this memoirs, he hires a professional ghostwriter to finish the book. As he sets to work, the ghostwriter discovers many more secrets than Lang intends to reveal, secrets with the power to alter world politics - secrets with the power to kill.

    Jim says: "What a HUGE Surprise!"
    "This is an excellent book"
    Overall

    I am a fan of Robert Harris and I was not disappointed by the The Ghost which has first person narration and a killer ending. Another British based novel but takes place in the USA. Also try some of his others such as Fatherland and Imperium. The length is great as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Gene Wilder
    • Narrated By Gene Wilder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Gene Wilder is one of the great comic actors who defined the 1970s and 1980s in movies. From his work with Woody Allen, to the rich group of movies he made with Mel Brooks, to his partnership on screen with Richard Pryor, Wilder's performances are still discussed and celebrated today.

    Elliott says: "Interesting for a number of factors."
    "Excellent book!"
    Overall

    Something made me want to listen to this; maybe it was seeing Blazing Saddles again. Gene Wilder has a terrific background in the theater that I was totally unaware of! It brought back a lot of the Seventies and what they represent for us baby boomers. I looked especially forward to the chapters about Gilda and was not disappointed. I had heard that he had some sort of illness but I am glad to know he is still among us and with a wonderful wife of about 20 years. Watch Blazing Saddles or Silver Streak again, you will see what I mean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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