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Claudia

Walnut Creek, CA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nancy Goldstone
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 13th century, a time of chivalry and crusades, poetry, knights, and monarchs, comes the story of the four beautiful daughters of the count of Provence, whose brilliant marriages made them the queens of France, England, Germany, and Sicily.

    Patricia says: "Entertaining!"
    "A Fascinating Study"
    Overall

    Four Queens is a very "listenable" account of the lives of four sisters from Provence. I liked the narrator (who on a few occasions went into dramatic overdrive). I'm going to the south of France soon and I picked up some valuable history along with enjoying a well-told story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Birchbark House

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Nicolle Littrell
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    With exquisite care, National Book Critics Circle Award winner Louise Erdrich has fashioned a story rich in the way of life and heritage of the Ojibwa people, a story that begs to be told out loud. As each season in a year of Omakayas' life is lovingly portrayed, the satisfying rhythm of her days is shattered when a stranger visits the lodge one night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever.

    Mary says: "My children loved listening to this story with me"
    "A remarkable book"
    Overall

    I got this book for my granddaughter, but listened to it myself first. I became engrossed with the characters and story. Louise Erdrich brings to this story the same sense of place and depth of character that she brings to her books for adult readers. Enjoyable and worthwhile.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mark Obmascik
    • Narrated By Del Roy
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Every year on January 1, a quirky crowd of adventurers storms out across North America for a spectacularly competitive event called a Big Year: a grand, grueling, expensive, and occasionally vicious, "extreme" 365-day marathon of birdwatching. For three men in particular, 1998 would be a whirlwind, a winner-takes-nothing battle for a new North American birding record.

    Carolyn says: "Not for the Birds"
    "Fascinating, Exciting"
    Overall

    Once the groundwork has been laid, the main characters take over and the Big Year finishes with high drama. I rooted for the underdog and am still astonished at the sheer physical endurance of the three men in pursuit of the Holy Grail of birding. A fun, interesting, sometimes heart-stopping "read."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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