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patricia bitker-golan

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  • The Founding Father: The Story of Joseph P. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Richard Whalen
    • Narrated By Richard Whalen
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Boldly original and fully documented, this unauthorized yet definitive biography tells the almost incredible story of Joseph P. Kennedy, grandson of a poor Irish immigrant, controversial founder of a great American fortune, and father of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

    Boston Harbor says: "Read the book, don't listen to it."
    "The writer should not have been the narrator."
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    Having recently listened to Robert Caro's latest volume on Lyndon Johnson, this biography suffers from being even longer. Though extremely interesting, the author's narration slows the book down almost painfully, expecially in his insistance on saying "quote"- "end quote" before and after every single utterance. Totally unnecessary. A professional actor would not even feel the need to do this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Grand Trunk Road: A Journey into South Asia

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steve Coll
    • Narrated By Fajer Al-Kaisi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The audio edition of On the Grand Trunk Road is finally available, revised and updated with new material. Focusing on Coll's journeys in conflict-ridden India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Afghanistan as a bureau chief for The Washington Post, On the Grand Trunk Road reveals a little-seen area of the world where violence, corruption, and greed have had devastating effects on South Asians from all walks of life.

    patricia bitker-golan says: "Fascinating but out of date"
    "Fascinating but out of date"
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    Unfortunately I didn't realize that this was written in the early 1990's, and though much has not changed since then, it is still very out of date today.

    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
    (15380)
    Performance
    (13631)
    Story
    (13663)

    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!"
    "The performance makes this a riveting novel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a clever "page-turner" of a novel, which grows on one slowly. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as a read, but because the narrations were so good, it made the story - which has lots of holes - compelling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Annette Gordon-Reed
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings's siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson's wife, Martha.

    Dianne says: "Fascinating"
    "Poor narration of fascinating background"
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    What did you like best about The Hemingses of Monticello? What did you like least?

    The text, while interesting, tends to be repetitive. The narrator consistently errs in inflection and has a monotonous voice.


    Would you recommend The Hemingses of Monticello to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, to read, not to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (327)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

    Rebecca Roztocil says: "Excellent Reading!"
    "A brilliantly narrated tragi-comedy"
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    If you could sum up A Rage in Harlem in three words, what would they be?

    rip-roaring period tale


    Which character ??? as performed by Samuel L. Jackson ??? was your favorite?

    Jackson's voicing of each of the characters was so well-done and spot-on, that one would have thought there is an entire cast performing.


    Any additional comments?

    I was unfamiliar with this author and bought the book because of the actor. Not everyone will find the dialect easy-going, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Staying On

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Paul Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Tusker and Lily Smalley stayed on in India. Given the chance to return ‘home’ when Tusker, once a Colonel in the British Army, retired, they chose instead to remain in the small hill town of Pankot, with its eccentric inhabitants and archaic rituals left over from the days of the Empire. Only the tyranny of their imposing landlady threatens to upset the quiet rhythm of their days.

    patricia bitker-golan says: "Brilliant. sensitive epilogue to the Raj Quartet"
    "Brilliant. sensitive epilogue to the Raj Quartet"
    Overall

    I was a huge fan of Paul Scott when his novels "The Jewel in the Crown" first started being published, waiting for each subsequent novel of the eventual Raj Quartet. Now rereading the epilogue read by Paul Shelly - who is truly a brilliant performer, I am reminded again of Scott's greatness , and his sad death at an early age.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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