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Homebound

Charlotte, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (572)

    The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

    Elicka says: "Inflection of narrator really annoying"
    "Don't miss it!"
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    A fascinating look at the interaction between present and past chief executives. You learn that "out of power" does not mean exactly out of power. The interaction between these men is intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Jones
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (294)

    The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire that stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to sign Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Narrative History"
    "Great history!"
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    Who said history is dull? This is a great story, well-researched, and superbly told. Nevertheless, I found the reader's voice harsh and annoying, especially after listening for long periods at a time. Do not let this opinion deter you from picking up this book, however, as it is well worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Guy P. Harrison
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you're trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. How do you find a gently persuasive way of steering people away from unfounded beliefs, bogus cures, conspiracy theories, and the like? Longtime skeptic Guy P. Harrison shows you how in this down-to-earth, entertaining exploration of commonly held extraordinary claims.

    Mr Conway says: "Skepticism, so Dull & Condescending"
    "Don't waste your time."
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    Worth neither the time nor the money. It was disappointing almost from the first word.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
    • Narrated By Marsha Mercant, Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (422)

    Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception.

    Andrew says: "Insightful study of human behavior"
    "At last, the truth is out."
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    It has hit the fan. What we have long known or expected, is really true. The need for spin, double-speak and "fudging", will surely stop now. Really? Don't bet your life on it. Great uncovering of the truth..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen Mother

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By William Shawcross
    • Narrated By William Shawcross
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    The official and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Prince Charles - and the most beloved British monarch of the 20th century.

    Jeanette Finan says: "The right woman at exactly the right time"
    "Bland."
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    Overall, a mildly interesting book for monarcho-philes but superficial and glorifying. Not a waste of time, especially for learning about her earlier years but at best a "beach" book, neither one that is a complete waste of time, nor one you would hate to lose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3477)
    Performance
    (3184)
    Story
    (3210)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "No wonder it is a classic!"
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    A treat for the ears. A wonderful story. No susrprise it has been filmed repeatedly. Nicely performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Detroit: An American Autopsy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlie LeDuff
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (276)

    In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age - mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs - Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city.

    Stacee says: "Great performance, squandered opportunity"
    "Harrowing"
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    A wringing account of the demise of Detroit. Almost mind-numbing in its dark detail, but impossible to put down. Not for those with delicate ears. Heavy with the actual profanity of modern-day Detroit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Treuer
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Celebrated novelist David Treuer has gained a reputation for writing fiction that expands the horizons of Native American literature. In Rez Life, his first full-length work of nonfiction, Treuer brings a novelist's storytelling skill and an eye for detail to a complex and subtle examination of Native American reservation life, past and present. With authoritative research and reportage, Treuer illuminates misunderstood contemporary issues of sovereignty, treaty rights, and natural-resource conservation.

    Nakoda North says: "Rez Life needs a Rez voice not a Suyapi narrator.."
    "Rich but disturbing"
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    A really gripping read. At once didactic and personal, it increased my understanding of the ambiguous position of Native Americans in US culture and warmed my soul with its portraits of individual experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Healing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jonathan Odell
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    Mississippi plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield loses her daughter to cholera after her husband refuses to treat her for what he considers to be a “slave disease.” Insane with grief, Amanda takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada, much to the outrage of her husband and the amusement of their white neighbors. Troubled by his wife’s disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague sweeping through his slave population, Master Satterfield purchases Polly Shine, a slave reputed to be a healer.

    Dream says: "I am a HEALER too"
    "Oddly dissatisfying"
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    This book as a conundrum. On the one hand, it is very revealing about plantation life from the eyes of a slave. On the other hand, the writing style is uneven and wordy. The performance was superb, The book is at the same time interesting and boring, at once truth and fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sally Bedell Smith
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II.

    Lauren says: "3.5 stars- fascinating"
    "Boring!"
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    Elizabeth as a paper doll. Idealized. flat portrait of a complicated person. Stopped in the middle and erased.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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