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Camille

APO, AE, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (715)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "Superb, par for the course for McCullough"
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    Would you listen to The Greater Journey again? Why?

    yes, narration was outstanding and the stries make history absolutely come alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of the characters


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

    Yes, LOVE this guy. He was born to be a narrator.


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

    The passage on E. Washburn was masterful. So much depth to the story and the character. I found his story to be unique, powerful and brand new. Our country has been built upon the backs of brave and courageous Americans like Mr. Washburn.


    Any additional comments?

    History lovers this is a must read - absolutely captivating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Truman

    • UNABRIDGED (54 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (231)

    Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

    Edith says: "Fascinating"
    "Superb book - worth the time investment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Truman in three words, what would they be?

    Imperturbable great leader


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Truman?

    His personal handling of his second campaign for the presidency. The whole world was against him and yet he believed in himself. Further he was cool, collected and in control of his emotions. His behavior was admirable and consistent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed his initial experience as a Company Commander. Beautifully written to capture the essence of the experience.


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

    His understanding of the devastation the A-bomb would cause. He understood the gravity of his ability to annihilate life with the power of one decision.


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos David McCullough! This was a book every America should read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Neal Barnard
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Could that glass of milk affect your memory? Is that aluminum can increasing your risk for Alzheimer's disease? Can a banana be a brain booster? Everyone knows that good nutrition supports your heart and overall health, but did you know that certain foods can protect your brain and optimize its function? In Power Foods for the Brain, Dr. Neal Barnard reveals the suprising mealtime choices that can make a major difference in preserving and enhancing memory and brain health.

    Camille says: "Worth the read"
    "Worth the read"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Power Foods for the Brain the most enjoyable?

    Good narration and interesting material


    What about Jeremy Arthur’s performance did you like?

    Quite good


    Any additional comments?

    Fascinatingly informative about where garbage in our food and personal products comes from. Compelling book about eating a more plant-centric diet.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Voice in the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (544)

    This heart-stirring tale of a young slave girl, torn between her love for a handsome aristocrat and her faith in God, transcends genres with its awe-inspiring power and emotional intensity.

    Allicia says: "Christian Fiction That Doesn't Back Down"
    "Magnificent story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up A Voice in the Wind in three words, what would they be?

    Encouraged me to be a better Christian


    What did you like best about this story?

    Hadassa's character


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

    All - superb narration


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed with the ending

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1797)
    Performance
    (1559)
    Story
    (1553)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Fascinating book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Destiny of the Republic the most enjoyable?

    Narration is excellent - real, believable and not hokey. The story is broad and engaging; the author covers a zillion details around the event of Garfield's assassination, and the story is engaging and fascinating. I never thought much about James Garfield, but after reading this book it is clear that he was a dearly beloved president, American war hero and gentleman. The character revealed in Garfield under hideous circumstances gives evidence that he was a man to be respected and even emulated. Candace Millard made history come alive. Riveting book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Destiny of the Republic?

    The description of how he endured the suffering - so gracious and honorable!


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Fabulous narrator. He was able to change his voice for different characters, but it was never dorky. His narration made the story all the more rich.


    Any additional comments?

    Every American should know about this great leader and the story that brought about his tragic death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (903)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Terrific read!"
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    What did you love best about Lost in Shangri-La?

    Captivating story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost in Shangri-La?

    The descriptions were graphic and make me long for the movie!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The "snatch" was exciting!


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

    Margret's quote about fear at the end of the book was powerful. The story was powerful!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (130)

    For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories - waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea - including several that approached 100 feet.

    Roy says: "Do the Wave"
    "Scientific enough"
    Overall

    Okay so it is not chock full of science, but it is scientific enough for someone who had a few geology classes in college to be reacquainted with familiar terms and events. The book also follows some interesting surfers and their experiences riding giant waves. Personally I thought it was a nice mix of people and science. For any geology teachers out there, this book has extra credit written all over it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becoming a Resonant Leader

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Annie McKee, Richard E. Boyatzis, Fran Johnston
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    A powerful case has been made for emotional intelligence and its role in leadership. As Annie McKee and Richard Boyatzis showed in their best selling books, Primal Leadership and Resonant Leadership, the best leaders use their emotional intelligence to create resonance with others.

    Polly says: "Should have got the book this time"
    "Audio - not for this book"
    Overall

    This is a great book, but it requires so much in-depth thought and asks so many questions that it is really not suitable, in my opinion, for audio format. This type of book must actually be read by turning pages

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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