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Linda Trader

Pennsylvania | Member Since 2012

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  • Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons (The Audiobook)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Greg Fitzsimmons
    • Narrated By Greg Fitzsimmons, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Carolla, and others
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    It's what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child's failures, but-lucky for us-Greg Fitzsimmons's family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from.

    Linda says: "Funny and very entertaining."
    "yawner"
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    I'd never heard of the author before reading the book, but chose it because I liked the premise of building the story around letters to his mom. His childhood wasn't wildly dysfunctional enough to make for a great story ( like 'Running with Scissors' or ' The Glass Castle') and when it comes to writing, let's just say he's no Michael Perry, who can make you laugh out loud on one page and move you to tears on the next. If I was already a fan of Greg Fitzsimmons, I might have liked the book more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1525)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1019)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Eye-opening"
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    I knew as much about George Washington as the average person, so hoped this book would fill in my knowledge gaps, and did it ever. By the time I got to the end (40 hours later) I was sad when George died even though it was 200 years ago! This book gave me a lot to think about, from the issue of slavery (how different would our world have been) to the choices that George Washington made ( stepping down from power in a precedent setting way). It's a big book but by the time I got to the end I wasn't quite ready for the story to close.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (329)

    The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankind’s oldest and most fearsome foes.

    Sparkly says: "My favorite science read this year."
    "Fascinating"
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    Couldn't put this book down. The story was well-researched and the structure clear and easy to follow. They're right, this story is not for the queasy. ( and if you're tempted to look up the youtube videos mentioned, which of course I did, right away, resist the temptation). I learned a lot and will remember this book for a long time. Have already recommended it to lots of friends.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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