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gailynn valdes

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  • Shakespeare: The World as Stage

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (315)

    William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

    Charles L. Burkins says: "Too Little, Too Short"
    "Bryson Rocks"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Shakespeare rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Fascinating book and a bit different for this author since it is not a first person narrative. I love how he can see to the heart of a topic with cool rationality and still make it emtertaining. He's one of my favs and this book is a great listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spontaneous Awakening

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Adyashanti
    • Narrated By Adyashanti
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (118)

    For those who are seeking a path of simplicity, not bound by the trappings of spiritual practice, Adyashanti brings a fresh and humble approach to Zen wisdom. "Don't think that awakening is the end," teaches Adyashanti. "Awakening is the end of seeking, the end of the seeker, but it is the beginning of a life lived from your true nature."

    TeresaD says: "Satsang w/ Adyashanti"
    "Great read on enlightenment"
    Overall

    Adyashanti has a very approachable style and he speaks from an awakened place, so listening to him is listening to awakening. If you are on the path, you will love this! Highly recommended.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Civil Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (188)

    Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

    Janet says: "Excellent Narration"
    "A Great Read"
    Overall

    This was my first Georgette Heyer book and I loved it. The narrator caught the characters exceptionally well and the book was entertaining. If you like romantic novels with substance, this book is for you.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3440)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1428)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Great Read"
    Overall

    Love this book. It's clever, well-written, and the narrator gets it right...highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Charlotte Brontë
    • Narrated By Donna Barkman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Seeking a wider horizon, Jane takes employment at Thornfield Hall, where she comes under the spell of Edward Rochester, its owner, a man of savage temperament and desperate unhappiness. The reason for both is linked to a great secret that is kept locked away on the third floor of the mansion. It's final revelation brings an incredible climax to the story and changes both lives forever.

    Daniaell says: "Fine Literature at its best"
    "Irritating narrator"
    Overall

    I got this version based on the customer review but the narrator has a raspy, irritating voice. It's a wonderful novel, so get it, but choose a different recorded version.

    5 of 17 people found this review helpful

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