After thoroughly enjoying Maeve Binchy's Week In Winter and Tara Road (narrated by Rosalyn Landor and Katherine Borowitz, respectively), I was looking forward to another great story in Scarlet Feather. However, I could not get past the unpleasant narration by Barbara Caruso. Absolutely every sentence is dripping with overacting. The dramatic pauses, breathlessness, and emphatic exclamation just makes this book exhausting and hard to follow. The relentless intonations are unrelated to what is actually going on and detract from the story-- drama for the sake of drama, not connected to the storyline. I really tried, but after about an hour and a half, I surrendered. I will go out of my way to avoid this narrator from now on.
This was such a good listen, narrated and written by Laura Bush, so the sentiment, inflection and even the mild Texan accent made it so much more authentic! She is a good writer, with a natural talent for describing her experiences vividly and movingly. Her perspective is direct, and clearly her own, with insights of private moments of monumentally important events that are touching and telling. It is quite regrettable that Audible has offered this historical book only in an abridged format. There is MUCH missing from the actual book, and it is apparent throughout. I would have LOVED the opportunity to listen to Mrs. Bush's experiences in their entirety, without the editing and elimination of what were clearly key, interesting chapters of her story!
Told from the initially rigid viewpoint of a science professor with a serious but functioning form of OCD or Asberger's, this lovely story draws you in as he realizes his loneliness and decides to remedy it by finding the "right" woman. The journey is both touchingly, and surprisingly, honest and sweet while true to the realities of his odd personality. I laughed through many parts, cringed and empathized with others, nearly all of which are relatable at some level to each of us and our human awkward moments. It is heartwarming and sincere, with a generous dose of suspense woven through it. I really enjoyed it!
One of the best books I've read in a very long time. Pulled me in quickly, loved the well-drawn characters, kept me thinking and wondering till the end. Unfortunately, the audio quality is terrible. At a volume where you can understand the reader, it becomes ear-splitting when the drama picks up. I listen while running and in my car, and this was such a problem, I nearly stopped listening but for the intrigue of the actual story. I've never run into this problem with audiobooks before after many good listens. It wasn't the reader's fault, but rather the production quality.
An amazing man, not without his flaws, but who rose to greatness at a time our country needed real greatness to survive its birth. I enjoyed the epic approach to Washington's entire life, from youth through his death, and the ranging coverage of the events and other personalities that shaped the times. I learned so much history that I had missed as a young student, but was presented here in such an interesting, indeed riveting at times, biography. I am generally a fan of historical fiction, and this was far more compelling than most fictional works. Although it is quite long, I grew attached to the story as I listened, and was sorry when it ended. I wish every American child could hear/read this story as part of their US history education. Narration by Scott Brick made it all the better! It was wonderful!
I was looking for a good crime thriller, with perhaps a bit of intelligent romance. Unfortunately, this wasn't it. The main character is unreasonably bitchy and arrogant, without superior skills or traits to warrant her conceit. I found her very unlikable, and the men who uniformly adore her come across as ridiculous wimps who put up with her abuse inexplicably. Making this unpleasant experience worse, the author regularly injects wholly unnecessary liberal editorializing throughout the story. This is the first time I've used Audible's excellent return policy.
Like being able to listen in on the personal, loving family stories of Americans of so many different walks of life. Deeply touching and fascinating! I would highly recommend this to anyone!
It was very personal, especially because it was read by the author, and it was like listening to him tell me the story himself. I was genuinely touched by the personal, human side of his story, but riveted and satisfied by the depth of his scientific, professional knowledge and his striking ability to blend the two aspects into a very moving, thought-inducing story. I have to listen to it again, because I want to hear the details I missed going through the first time. Adding to my list of all-time favorites!
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