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Carole

Lakewood, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Daniel Okrent
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (103)

    A brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America’s most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict one of America’s favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages. Okrent reveals how Prohibition marked a confluence of diverse forces, including the growing political power of the women’s suffrage movement and the fear of small-town, native-stock Protestants that they were losing control of their country to the immigrants of the large cities.

    Pierre says: "Very Thorough Historical Review"
    "Prohibition preceded by the 13th Ammendment"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Last Call to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Call?

    How we drank. The influence of the Anti Saloon League.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    None. I didn't like his narrative style. Too slow.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (898)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (826)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Michelle says: "Stark and poignant!"
    "Takes you so close to the raw emotions"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Things They Carried to be better than the print version?

    I hadn't read this so I can't say. However, the audio experience was engrossing.


    What about Bryan Cranston’s performance did you like?

    The pacing and phrasing, the matter of fact delivery that still conveyed great affect.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marianne Szegedy-Maszak
    • Narrated By Marianne Szegedy-Maszak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Marianne Szegedy-Maszák’s parents, Hanna and Aladár, met and fell in love in Budapest in 1940. He was a rising star in the foreign ministry - a vocal anti-Fascist who was in talks with the Allies when he was arrested and sent to Dachau. She was the granddaughter of Manfred Weiss, the industrialist patriarch of an aristocratic Jewish family that owned factories. Though many in the family had converted to Catholicism decades earlier, when the Germans invaded Hungary in March 1944, they were forced into hiding.

    Carole says: "A compelling true story, magnificently written"
    "A compelling true story, magnificently written"
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    Would you listen to I Kiss Your Hands Many Times again? Why?

    Yes. There are so many historical details and personal elements that it's difficult to fully absorb in one reading/listening experience. Also, it's so lovingly crafted that it's poignancy is worth re-experiencing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author and her parents feelings and emotions make them all favorites.


    What about Marianne Szegedy-Maszak’s performance did you like?

    It is relaxed yet conveys great feeling.


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

    It didn't make me laugh or cry but it did haunt me and stay with me. It was fully engaging.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (610)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (519)

    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"
    "who knew"
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    What did you love best about The Presidents Club?

    The Presidents appear to be men working hard to do their jobs. They are portrayed in human terms with all their strengths and weaknesses.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amount of cooperation between the Presidents.


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

    NA


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It's too long.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (583)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "It could happen again . . ."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I enjoyed the scientific history of the early vaccines. The history of the policy decisions of the Wilson administration was fascinating. And the description of the devastation of the influenza epidemic was mind boggling. The history of the development of modern medical education was unknown to me even though I went to medical school in Baltimore (U of Maryland) and was dimly aware of the role John's Hopkins played.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Influenza?

    The story of the epidemic in Philadelphia.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    I actually didn't enjoy the "acting" by the reader.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I felt sorry for the researcher, I can't bring his name to mind, who left his fund raising job in Philadelphia, returned to the lab without success and eventually died of yellow fever in South America.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the reader was a little slow in his delivery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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