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Birmingham, AL | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
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  • 85 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

    Michael says: "Obama Fans Aren't Going to Like This Book!"
    "So, you are telling me he is a politician??"
    Any additional comments?

    Obama didn't call campaign donors back?? He is an egotistical academic elitist?? WHAT! This is brand new earth shattering news!

    The man is a politician! That is what politicians do. While this book gives you a little more insight into the life of Obama, I felt like the author was digging for reasons to hate President Obama. Things that actually mattered, like how he voted as an Illinois Senator, opposing the Induced Infant Liability Act and repeatedly voted against requirements and restrictions intended to stop what opponents label "born alive" abortions were talked about for a quick minute. Then the author proceeded to talk a good thirty minutes talking about how Michelle Obama had a temper... again what a shocker that a woman can be emotional. It was slightly informative regarding foreign policy, but even then it felt like a one sided attack.

    In the end, it was one man's crusade to prove why Obama was a terrible person and an Amateur on the side. Not really the unbiased perspective on his lack of qualification I was hoping for.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    Would you listen to The Help again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to The Help again, in fact that is exactly what I did. I drive a lot for work, so when this book ended in the middle of a commute I attempted listening to my new Sophie Kinsella book for about five minutes before I started The Help all over again. Not only does it transport you to Jackson, MS circa 1963 but you come to know and love each character.

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

    I think the narrators actually make the audio book better than the movie and the book. Their accents and character transitions are so well done that it brings the book to life, giving it more authenticity than what I could of possibly imagined reading on my own.

    However, whoever narrates the Children's Benefit in the middle book did an absolutely horrendous job. I have lived in Alabama for awhile now and I have come to learn there are many different southern dialects. One of the most distinct accents is one that has traditionally been linked to the Mississippi Delta, the Black Belt, and Low Country. It is an accent that comes from land that has extremely fertile soil and where a majority of the southern plantations were located. It descended from british aristocracy mixed with a southern drawl and can be identified by someone who talks slowly, drawing out syllables and dropping their R's. For example: "Thank you suga". This narrator who only reads this one section, attempts to emulate the this accent about 50% of the time, mixed with some british and then just talks like a northerner the rest of the time... it sounds plain foolish. I was so distracted and annoyed by this narrator's misguided attempt at a southern accent that I could barely pay attention until she was done "reading". She may of done a fine job in another audio book, but The Help takes the narrating to another level, she didnt fit and I wish Skeeter would of read the Children's Benefit instead.

    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED this book. There was so much hype surrounding this book, I was afraid it wouldn't live up to all I had read. However, about 15 minutes into the book I was hooked and you will be too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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