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  • Anti-Americanism

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jean-Francois Revel
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane

    Angered by assaults on a nation he knows and admires, the distinguished French intellectual Jean-Francois Revel has come to America's defense in Anti-Americanism, a biting and erudite book that, paradoxically, given his country's especially vehement attack on the U.S., spent several weeks last year at the top of France's best seller list.

    Brett says: "Required listening"
    "Every American should read/hear this book!"

    I love Europe and I thought I loved my country (America), but I never realized how much anti-Americanism I had internalized.

    If you have any interest in challenging your thinking on the issue of America's place in the world, read this book!

    If you want a refresher course in critical thinking, this is also an excellent book.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary: A Maggie Hope Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Elia MacNeal
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    London, 1940: Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined....

    Katherine says: "Lovely"
    "much better than the reviews led me to expect"
    What did you love best about Mr. Churchill's Secretary?

    Having read a great deal about Churchill, I thought the characterization of him was well done. The experience of young girls living the early war days in Britain was very well communicated.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course it had to be Maggie since she was the center of attention and the point of view. She was thoughtful and sympathetic. But Sarah was intriguing from her first entrance on the scene. I really thought Clare would turn out to be Chuck, so the Paige revelation was a surprise.

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

    She's always great. She's my very favorite narrator. In her many names, I have listened to many of her performances and have never been disappointed. Though the material at times was not the best, she always brings out the best of every character. Her American accent is always a little off but recognizable but her various British, Irish and Scottish accents are great to my American ears.

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

    I don't really think that would be an extreme reaction. I did laugh and almost cried.

    Any additional comments?

    The strings of numbers doesn't translate well into an audiobook. Maybe that slight bit could have been abridged.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Me Twice: Obama's Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Aaron Klein, Brenda J. Elliott
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This game-changing book reveals the blueprint for a second term that President Obama and his progressive backers don’t want you to know. Months of painstaking research into thousands of documents have enabled investigative journalists and New York Times best-selling authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott to expose the secret template for Obama’s next four years - the one actually created by Obama’s own top advisors and strategists.

    Chet says: "Everyone should read - but few will"
    "THE most important book 2 listen 2 b4 election!"

    i had to buy the kindle version too so i could check the references. Very authoritative! Scary! What have we gotten ourselves into? I hope the electorate will get themselves informed rather than voting from emotions as happened last time. And I hope he is stopped from the massive voter fraud that he is trying to use to help hold on to power. I still agree with Martin Luther King Jr's dream that people should be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. That works both ways. This president is not our friend. He hates America and wants to destroy it. He's gotten lots of help in that and has made a good start. We have to stop him before it's too late.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Glenda Jackson

    Patricia says: "Bah! Humbug!"
    "difficult audio"

    Great little story. Audio quality needs to be upgraded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By E. L. Konigsburg
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann

    Amedeo Kaplan seems just like any other new kid who has moved into the town of St. Malo, Florida, a navy town where new faces are the norm. But Amedeo has a secret, a dream: More than anything in the world, he wants to discover something, a place, a process, even a fossil - some treasure that no one realizes is there until he finds it. And he would also like to discover a true friend to share these things with.

    Forgiven says: "Not 4 kids"
    "Not 4 kids"

    I love kids' stories, I guess for their escapism. I thought this would be a childs adventure, but it wasn't. Not one that most children or preteens would find interesting, I think. And maybe not teens or adults. There were some moments of brilliant imagery. But, all told, it's one of my least favorite Audible stories so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York

    Like teacher, like pupil? On September 18, 1917, Aldous Huxley, 23, was hired as a schoolmaster at Eton, where he counted among his unruly pupils Eric Arthur Blair, better known to the world as George Orwell. Each would later write strikingly similar depictions of a bleak future for humankind: Brave New World (Huxley) and 1984 (Orwell).

    Kevin G. Slavens says: "Excellent Listen!!!"
    "Not a book for Gammas, Deltas or Epsilons"

    The story is brilliant; the language is unsettling at times but beautiful; the performance is inspired; the audio is flawless.
    I grudgingly read this book in high school, but am sure I didn't understand it. It's almost impossible for a highschool student to have the cynicism necessary to understand this story; at least, I'm certain that I did not have it then.
    Some highlights:
    "What fun it would be if one didn't have to think about happiness."
    "One of the principle functions of a friend is to suffer, in a mild and symbolic form, the punishment that we should like, but are unable, to inflict upon our enemies."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • ABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James

    With chaos brewing, the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown. But from his wife, Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired, and the result will be independence, with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile. And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette, dated 1776, which reports Jamie's death, along with his kin.

    Theresa says: "disappointing"
    "2 thumbs up, 1 thumb down"

    As always, Geraldine James is incredible, the best reader there is, as far as I'm concerned. Even better than Patrick Tull, and that's saying something. You know each character intimately from her portrayal.

    I'm sure the story is excellent, though I'll have to wait until I find time to read the book to know. The abridgement was a hatchet job. With Gabaldon being as big of a seller as she is, she should stop letting idiots cut up her books. I've never understood the point of abridgment. If an author is worth reading, every word of every digression or background explanation adds to the story. Longer is better.
    Please Diana, don't let them cut up your books anymore.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First published in monthly parts from March 1852 to September 1853, this novel follows the fortunes of three pedestrian characters; Esther Summerson, Ada Clare, and Richard Carstone. The story they tell embondies Dickens' merciless indictment of the Court of Chancery and its bungling, morally corrupt handling of the endless case of Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, giving the novel its scope and meaning.

    UU Ma says: "30 hours was too short for me"
    "Awesome novel, great reading, lousy audio"

    One of my favorite Dicken's novels. The characters are vibrant, engaging, and funny in the usual Dickens' satirical way. The reader presents them as if he loves (or at least thoroughly understands) each one. He reads the lengthy, pedantic and sometimes silly author's commentary so seriously, so much as though he agreed wholeheartedly with every word, that you sometimes feel you have Dickens in to your house for a personal recital. But, the sound is so distorted, so unclear in spots, so variable in volume, that it is difficult to appreciate the story at times.

    Still, there are real benefits to making the effort to listen to (and read) this novel. It was during the listening to this novel that I discovered my idea of the overall theme of all of Dicken's novels.

    It is a novel that every lawyer should read and every person contemplating using a lawyer. I'm not saying that the modern legal system is exactly like this, but some of the similarities are amazing.

    If the audio was cleaned up, this Audiobook would rate a 5+ in my opinion.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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