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E. Faller

Connecticut, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Drama: An Actor's Education

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Lithgow
    • Narrated By John Lithgow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (265)

    In this riveting and surprising personal history, John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye. Above all Lithgow’s memoir is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought theater to John’s boyhood. From bedtime stories to Arthur’s illustrious productions, performance and storytelling were constant and cherished parts of family life.

    Diane Havens says: "Superb"
    "an excellent insight into an actor's development"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in learning about "where actors come from" and in learning more about an interesting person's growth and development. John Lithgow reads his own story, and who better! His narration is a good listen, and there is no question that he knows the subject. I had met John in the early 1970's when he worked at a local theater so I was curious to know more about him. He was a nice guy then, and now I know much more about why he is who he is, and I enjoyed the story of his life. While Lithgow has done a lot of acting, he may not be at the top of the list of "most well known" actors, but that does not prevent the book from being an engrossing and educational listen. Some actor's auto- or bio-graphies tend to be filled with name-dropping and/or self-glorified tales. This book is not that way at all, and reveals more of a personal perspective on the growth of an actor. I really enjoyed the book!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conquest of the Americas

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Marshall C. Eakin
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Was Christopher Columbus's voyage to the Americas in 1492 the most important event in the history of the world? Professor Eakin's provocative answer is a resounding "Yes" - as he presents his case in an intriguing series of 24 lectures. These thoughtful lectures will remind you that when Columbus completed his voyage, he found a people unlike any he had ever known, living in a land unmentioned in any of the great touchstones of Western knowledge. You'll learn how the European world, animated by the great dynamic forces of the day, Christianity and commercial capitalism, reacted to Columbus's discovery.

    E. Faller says: "a new perspective for me"
    "a new perspective for me"
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    What made the experience of listening to Conquest of the Americas the most enjoyable?

    Having realized that I knew a lot of European history, and that I knew next to nothing about Central and South America, I thought this course would be a good listen. And I was rewarded many times over. History I knew but only in a narrow context, people I'd heard of but not in any solid context, and events also, came together in a worldwide story. I kept thinking "of course!" as the course unfolded. Having now been to Central and South America quite a few times, this course has really added a great deal to my appreciation of all the Americas, North to South, and how, when and why we all got here, and more interestingly, how our history has been shaped.


    What does Professor Marshall C. Eakin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His personal experience(s) in the area.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't give the book 5 stars because of the annoying canned applause at the end and beginning of each chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Monstrous Regiment of Women: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes: The Mary Russell Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (298)

    It is 1921 and Mary Russell - Sherlock Holmes's brilliant apprentice, now an Oxford graduate with a degree in theology - is on the verge of acquiring a sizable inheritance. Independent at last, with a passion for divinity and detective work, her most baffling mystery may now involve Holmes and the burgeoning of a deeper affection between herself and the retired detective.

    Sonja says: "Hang in there"
    "overall it was very good"
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    Any additional comments?

    It took a while to get going, but it was a great story. I enjoyed listening to it, and Ms Sterlin does an excellent job of narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tunnel Vision: A V.I. Warshawski Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Paretsky
    • Narrated By Shannon Engemann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Stubbornness has landed private eye V.I. Warshawski in big trouble at her Chicago office. With her grand old Loop building set to be razed, she's become a hold-out tenant amid frayed wiring and scary, empty corridors. Then she finds a homeless woman with three kids in the basement, and before she can rescue them, they disappear. Worst of all, she's been implicated in a murder after the body of Deirdre Messenger, a prominent lawyer's wife, turns up sprawled across her desk.

    Shaliali says: "What a Shame"
    "would have b een better with a different narrator!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was painful to have to listen to this narrator. She didn't read well and misprounounced so many things I had to force myself to finish the book. I should have bought the book instead. I did not read the other reviews until it was too late, but at least I know I am not alone.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shannon Engemann?

    Just about anyone!


    Was Tunnel Vision worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    If I ever come across this narrator again, I will not buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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