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Cynthia

Spring, TX, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • The Bean Trees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (203)

    Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots.

    Nancy says: "Barbara, can we have a "re-do?""
    "I enjoyed it"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. I like C.J. Critt as a narrator. You can pick up some of Ms. Kingsolver's themes, such as the importance of gardening and how cruel and hypocritical the world often is, in the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gerald Blaine, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    Even today, almost five decades after John F. Kennedy was slain, the public continues to be captivated by the "Kennedy Curse" and new theories about what really happened on that fateful day in 1963. For nearly 50 years former Secret Service agent Clint Hill has lived with the unimaginable guilt of losing a president on his watch and has obeyed an honor code of silence, refusing to contribute to any books about the assassination. Until now.

    Vidoloff says: "A must "read" in my opinion"
    "One Side of the story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Kennedy Detail? What did you like least?

    The assumption of the authors is that if you don't accept the Warren commission report as the final truth on the assassination, then you necessarily hold the Secret Service responsible. This is not the only possible position. The author initially referred to Oswald as the man suspected of doing it. Later in the book, the wording changed as if he had been convicted.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Eliminate some of the repetition of the daily duties of the guys and facts which had already been explained a few pages ago.


    What didn’t you like about Alan Sklar’s performance?

    He mispronounced Caroline Kennedy's name almost every time he said it. He pronounced it "Carolyn" instead.


    Could you see The Kennedy Detail being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, definitely not


    Any additional comments?

    It could have been a lot shorter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Set in the 1850s, The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton speaks to you in a splendidly quirky voice: the strong, wry, no-nonsense voice of Lidie Harkness of Quincy, Illinois, a young woman of courage, good sense, and good heart. It carries you into an America so violently torn apart by the question of slavery that it makes our current political battlegrounds seem a peaceable kingdom.

    Donna says: "Teriffic book, outstanding production"
    "A different time & place"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book very much. I love history and was not familiar with this Missouri/Kansas situation which foreshadowed the War Between the States.

    The novel is written from Lidie's point of view. To me, this explains why some of the other characters were not as fully formed as other reviewers may have wanted them to be.

    If you enjoy historical novels, give this one a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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