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Susan

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 117 titles in library
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  • James Madison: A Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jeff Broadwater
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    James Madison is remembered primarily as a systematic political theorist, but this bookish and unassuming man was also a practical politician who strove for balance in an age of revolution. In this biography, Jeff Broadwater focuses on Madison’s role in the battle for religious freedom in Virginia, his contributions to the adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, his place in the evolution of the party system, his relationship with Dolley Madison, his performance as a wartime commander-in-chief, and his views on slavery.

    Frances says: "Good reference book"
    "Not one of my favorites."
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    Madison is, at one point in the book, described as having no personality; that is how I feel this book comes across, very generic. I have listened to books about other presidents and felt I came to know the presidents politically and personally, as well as his friends and family. Madison's personality is described here but the description seems one-dimensional.

    Perhaps this book is better read instead of listened to. I don't know if it was the writing or the narrator or my limited background knowledge of history (it was hard to keep up with the dates and order of events) but I was just happy to be done with it. I thought the reader read quite fast and sometimes in a monotone; I. therefore, found myself frequently tuning out and having to re-listen to sections. Unlike many other audiobooks, I won't be re-listening to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (763)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Wonderful entertainment and a good education."
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    My first book by this author, about this subject, or with this reader - three enjoyable firsts. I laughed and cried. I learned about a people and an area full of culture and character.
    There times when I fast forwarded a bit or didn't pay close attention for various reasons but overall the story and it's characters stayed with me long after I'd finished the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2238)
    Performance
    (1974)
    Story
    (1962)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Have listened to this one over and over!"
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    Although it took a couple chapters for me to become interested in the story, I ended up really enjoying it. Elizabeth McGovern's voice is wonderful, especially for this particular story. Actually, I have now listened to the book several times; enjoying it each time and becoming aware of different interesting details along the way.

    Moriarty did a terrific job describing the characters, scenes, and situations and McGovern read them beautifully, I felt like I was there in the midst of it all.

    Cora, the main character, is a strong and admirable woman. Not only is she able to admit her mistakes, she willingly learns from them. Throughout her years, she becomes stronger as a result of life's challenges, more accepting of other's short-comings, and more open-minded about what she doesn't understand. Qualities we could all strive for, and qualities that were likely a rarity in the 1920's. Louise, Cora's charge, is also likely not the average 1920's female. Her life, and experiences, gives readers reason to pause and consider snap judgements made out of ignorance, and the impact they may have had on the person being judged. People are not always what they seem to be; and, when they are, it may not be of their own accord.

    The Chaperone audiobook is great entertainment and great food for thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1917)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (873)

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "Overall - well worth the credit."
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    I am not a history buff but, for various reasons, recently decided to read or listen to a book about each president, in chronological order. John Adams, like the book about George Washington I listened to, was quite a long book, and with good reason, there is a lot of subject matter to cover. McCullough did a good job covering all the basics, and then some, for a beginner such as myself. Likely because I was listening and not reading, there were times I felt a little confused and had to re-listen to clarify.
    I had a very difficult time adjusting to the narrator's style and nearly gave up a couple times but, eventually, I somehow got used to the many long pauses; hearing him swallow and breathe was a bit harder to ignore. I have not had this problem in the several other audiobooks I have listened to.
    Overall, I think the book is well worth the credit and the hours spent listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 50th Law

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By 50 Cent, Robert Greene
    • Narrated By 50 Cent, Robert Greene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (332)

    In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, best-selling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a "bible" for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing. With intimate stories from 50 Cent's life on the streets and in the boardroom as he rose to fame after the release of his album Get Rich or Die Tryin', as well as examples of others who have overcome adversity through understanding and practicing the 50th Law.

    David says: "A solid and well thought out book."
    "I will listen to this again and again!"
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    The book is full of food for thought and reminders of the important things in life. An easy and enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17056)
    Performance
    (15177)
    Story
    (15219)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "I just wanted it to be over!"
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    I only finished this book because it was an audiobook and I was able to listen while doing other things but for much of the time I just wanted it to end. Had I purchased the hardcopy, I never would have invested the time to read the entire story. There were a couple surprising twists to the plot, however most of the story is disturbing and negative - not my kind of entertainment. The narrator is adequate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Need

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carrie Jones
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane . . . but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

    Parajunkee says: "Taken by surprise...in a good way."
    "Very juvenile and slow."
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    I should have read the other reader reviews prior to purchasing this book rather than relying only on Audible's summary - which was a bit misleading. The book is very juvenile, perhaps best for preteens; even then the story unfolds at an incredibly slow pace. Because I had already purchased the book I tried several times to listen, however, I was unable to get very far and eventually gave up altogether.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    My life was ordinary until three years ago when I was thrown out of a downtown hotel window. My name is Robbie Brownlaw, and I am a homicide detective for the city of San Diego. I am 29 years old. I now have synesthesia, a neurological condition where your senses get mixed up. Sometimes when people talk to me, I see their voices as colored shapes provoked by the emotions of the speakers, not by the words themselves. I have what amounts to a primitive lie detector.

    Susan says: "Good entertainment!"
    "Good entertainment!"
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    This was my first T. Jefferson Parker book. I don't usually choose murder mysteries but I am glad I gave this one a try. Interesting premise and very good reader.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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