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Lexi

I am an eclectic person who loves to learn.

Member Since 2011

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  • Evil Under the Sun: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    The beautiful bronzed body of Arlena Stuart lay face down on the beach. But strangely, there was no sun and Arlena was not sunbathing - she had been strangled.

    Ever since Arlena's arrival the air had been thick with sexual tension. Each of the guests had a motive to kill her, including Arlena's new husband. But Hercule Poirot suspects that this apparent "crime of passion" conceals something much more evil.

    iris says: "So enjoyable and relaxing"
    "Always fantastic"
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    Would you listen to Evil Under the Sun again? Why?

    I have already listened to this book twice. There is such beautiful details that it is always intriguing. Hercule Poroit is my favorite character that Agatha Christie writes about. David Suchet does the voices of every character so wonderfully that you forget it is just him reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As usual Agatha's twists keep you going until the end. Hercule Poroit never tells you everything and his character is so quirky and enjoyable. The characters are so rich and developed that you feel like you really know the people she writes about.


    What about David Suchet’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic voices and brings every character to life. Such a joy to listen to him perform.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1512)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1304)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Jeremiah Duncan says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "Stunning"
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    Would you listen to Team of Rivals again? Why?

    I could listen to this book over and over and never tire of the subject. It so very well written,researched, and read. Absolutely a stunning look into the time of Lincoln. I will never look at President Lincoln the same way again. This story is so important to being an American.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The film was already made of only a part of the book. Another movie could easily be made about Lincoln's journey to becoming President. This movie would not need a tag line. Lincoln's name is strong enough to attract an audience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1018)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Excellent on so many levels!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dust and Shadow the most enjoyable?

    I love history and I love a good mystery. Although this is fiction the author researched her subject well to make it up to par with Sit Arthur Conan Doyle's original mysteries. It is absolutely an amazing listen. The interactions between Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes is classic and creates a foundation for a wonderful mystery full of character. The author also researched The Ripper very well and the way she incorporates the history with Sherlock Holmes is brilliant.


    What other book might you compare Dust and Shadow to and why?

    I would compare this book to Agatha Christie's Hercule Poroit mysteries.the character interaction and rich details make these mysteries very enjoyable. There is more character detail in this mystery than the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries. This book does justice to the Sherlock Holmes name.


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

    Absolutely. I only wish I had all the time in the world to listen to it all at once. I will definitely revisit this book again because the story is so rich with details.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1381)
    Performance
    (1175)
    Story
    (1175)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Best history book ever!!"
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    Would you listen to A History of the World in 6 Glasses again? Why?

    Absolutely highly amusing and interesting.


    What other book might you compare A History of the World in 6 Glasses to and why?

    I would compare this to Guns Germs and Steel because both look at the bigger picture of history. This book focuses on drinks and their origins. Both take a unique perspective on history and teach in an interesting way. Although the History of the World in 6 glasses was a little more fun and much shorter. A must read!


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Very good voice to listen to.


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

    So interesting the history of Coca cola and Pepsi. The politics about where they could sell their product in the world was interesting. Especially since Coca Cola was the drink of World War I.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3665)
    Performance
    (2260)
    Story
    (2280)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Interesting perspective"
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    What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

    It was very interesting to hear more about Genghis Khan's childhood and youth. The customs of the Steppe people was well covered. The author takes a positive stance on Genghis Khan's war campaign. Interesting perspective. Overall a good listen. I have read a lot about Genghis Khan and this book covered a lot of the material I had to find in several books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storm of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernst Jünger
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    This classic war memoir, first published in 1920, is based on the author's extensive diaries describing hard combat experienced on the Western Front during World War I. It has been greatly admired by people as diverse as Bertolt Brecht and Andre Gide, and from every part of the political spectrum. Hypnotic, thrilling, and magnificent, The Storm of Steel is perhaps the most fascinating description of modern warfare ever written.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "World War I from a German Viewpoint"
    "Essential listen"
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    If you could sum up The Storm of Steel in three words, what would they be?

    Invigorating, poetic, enlightening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storm of Steel?

    They broke up chapters of the book with the sounds of artillery and machine gun fire. This made you feel like you were in the trenches. The language was clever and insightful. You felt more respect for those men with every word. Honorable account of the trenches.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4551)
    Performance
    (1743)
    Story
    (1753)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "for those that love history"
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    Where does 1776 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook is by far my favorite. I have already listened to it several times over.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George Washington. It was fascinating to be able to learn more about him through his own letters with many of those who first shaped this country. Also got a unique perspective on what it was like for the loyalists. This is not what I learned in American History courses I have taken in the past. It is a very well rounded well researched book that takes into account many different sides to the story. Absolutely my favorite!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is too good to pick a particular part in this book that is the best. I like to listen for half an hour intervals. I am a stop and go listener. This book was so easy to listen to in bits and pieces at a time. Every word was interesting. I never felt like the story was being interrupted.


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

    This book made me appreciate American history much more than before.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is the author and he does a fantastic job bringing the story to life. I am extremely picky when it comes to the narrator. It is amazing that he can do both writing and narrating so very well. He has a great voice for storytelling and his attention to detail only inspires you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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