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Linda

Bethlehem, PA, USA

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  • Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and the Privilege of Power

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mary Mapes
    • Narrated By Mary Mapes
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It was a great story. A true story. The kind of story any news producer would love to report, nail down, and get on the air. And that's just what Mary Mapes and her producing and reporting team did in September 2004 when Dan Rather anchored their report on President George W. Bush's dereliction of his National Guard duty for CBS News.

    Theodore says: "Neither true nor dutiful"
    "Finally someone speaks out"
    Overall

    Mapes writes what we have secretly suspected - that the news and nothing but the news is NOT what we are offered by the networks.

    The story isn't about the truth or verification of information detrimental to the President, but rather how Mapes and friends were hounded by the powers behind the Whitehouse. It's about how we, as Americans, are becoming afraid of asking questions.

    I gave this only 3 stars because it's abridged - I was hoping to use the audio along with the hardback, but too much was left out. I urge anyone who wants to know what really goes on to read the entire book.

    10 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Girl Out

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rachel Simmons
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When boys act out, get into fights, or become physically aggressive, we can't avoid noticing their bad behavior. But it is easy to miss the subtle signs of aggression in girls: the dirty looks, the taunting notes, or the exclusion from the group, that send girls home crying.

    Cynthia says: "Compelling and informative"
    "Validation"
    Overall

    I've tried several times to write a review for this book, but was unable to complete one until now, because of the emotion that overwhelms me. I was the odd girl out through my high school years and couldn't speak of it at home, for the attitude was, "well, what did you do to deserve it?"

    Every mother of a daughter and every teacher of girls needs to read this book and recognize the silent suffering of the girls in their care. Just because there are no physical bruises doesn't mean there's no damage done. Please let's acknowledge and treat this area of "silent aggression" for the sake of our daughters, sisters and girls everywhere.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
    "Enough is way too much"
    Overall

    The beginning of this book was fascinating, it was clearly explained to a financial moron like me what exactly was happening and why. But I quit halfway through the 2nd part. Hey, guys, I got it in the first part, I understand, I don't need to have every deal explained ad nauseam. I GOT it! I'll go log into MSNBC to see how it all ends.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4239)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1953)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Read as a kind of revenge...."
    Overall

    I hated the Wizard of Oz movie, but growing up we had to watch every time it was on because it was my sister's favorite movie. So I saw listening to this book as a kind of personal revenge. After reading the reviews, I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. And I really liked this book. In fact,I kept hoping she survived the bucket of water.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow of the South: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Hicks
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Scott Brick, Stephen Hoye, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (46)

    In 1894 Carrie McGavock is an old woman who has only her former slave to keep her company...and the almost 1,500 soldiers buried in her backyard. Years before, rather than let someone plow over the field where these young men had been buried, Carrie dug them up and reburied them in her own personal cemetery. Now, as she walks the rows of the dead, an old soldier appears. It is the man she met on the day of the battle that changed everything.

    Joyce says: "Best Yet"
    "Wasn't what I expected..."
    Overall

    it was so much more. One of the best books I've listened to, it has a place right next to "Memiors of a Geisha" on my list of books to take to a deserted island. This book captured me from the beginning and I didn't want it to end. The narration was suberb. Whether you're into history of the Civil War or just want a great read with characters you can get to know, this is the book for you. Try it, I promise you won't be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tyrannosaur Canyon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (266)

    What fire bolt from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago, and now hides in that remote cleft in the southwest U.S. known as Tyrannosaur Canyon?

    Peggy says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "Good Book - bad narrator"
    Overall

    I was looking for something in the escapist catagory after listening to quite a bit of non-fiction. This book certainly fit. I really enjoyed the entire story, Preston didn't lose my attention and it was (or should have been) great fun.

    What ruined it, and why I can't give it the 4 stars it probably deserves, is the narrator. Come on, if you're going to narrate a book, do a little research. The third time he pronounced Albuquerque as Al-bee-cue, I wanted to scream. Actually, I may have screamed, as the driver passing me gave me a really weird look.

    I will probably revisit this book in print - it will make a great beach book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crusader's Cross: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Critically acclaimed and best-selling crime writer James Lee Burke returns to Louisiana where his ever-popular hero, Dave Robicheaux, sleuths his way through a hotbed of sin and uncertainty.

    Vivian says: "Do not go by the rating"
    "Changing narrator drops my review"
    Overall

    from 5 to 3 (maybe 2 & a half). I'm sorry, Will Patton is not a bad narrator, but he is NOT Robicheaux. Mark Hammer's reading sounds just like a friend of mine who grew up in Lousiana. I had a hard time getting involved in this one. Bad idea to change so late in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (272)

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, poor editing ..."
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    I don't listen to much non-fiction, preferring to lose myself in someone else's world. This book was recommended by a colleague and it sounded interesting so I got it. WOW - I couldn't stop listening to it. This is real life better than any fiction. An amazing story, set in the history of whaling, and Scott Brick was the perfect narrator for this book.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Last Car to Elysian Fields

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    When Dave Robicheaux, learns that an old friend, Father Jimmie Dolan has been the victim of a particularly brutal assault, he returns to New Orleans to investigate, if only unofficially.

    Joseph says: "Another winner."
    "Authentic narration"
    Overall

    I have a friend from Abbeville, Louisianna, who is also a James Lee Burke fan and he will only listen to Hammer's narration. When listening to my friend, its amazing how close Mark Hammer comes to his tone and accent. While Will Patton is good on the abridged versions, Hammer brings home both the sound and texture of New Iberia in the full length versions

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens, Tom Stechschulte, Sally Darling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, The Devil's Dream is an animated, lyrical novel that is meant to be savored as spoken word. Consummate storyteller Lee Smith's creation will delight anyone who enjoys the sound of language and a good story.

    Linda says: "Lyrical"
    "Lyrical"
    Overall

    This book was written to be listened to, each character has their own voice which brings them to life and the music enhances the story - makes you feel you are part of it. The book is a journey, with characters who are real people - both good and bad at the same time, facing life and doing the best they know how to survive it. Get this book, kick back and get ready to meet some memorible people.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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