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Pat

Valley, AL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 218 titles in library
  • 35 purchased in 2014
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  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1615)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1360)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "Wow - This free read was among the best"
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    I downloaded this because I knew what Story Corps was from NPR, and it was free. I have re-listened to it several times. The sincerity of the speakers absolutely permeates the experience. I'd give the ratings 6 stars or more if I could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kommandant's Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Pam Jenoff
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    September 1939. Overnight, Jewish 19-year-old Emma Bau's world is turned upside down when Germany invades Poland. And after only six weeks of marriage, her husband Jacob, a member of the Resistance, is forced to flee. Escaping the ghetto, Emma assumes a new, Christian identity and finds work at Nazi headquarters. As secretary to the charismatic Kommandant Richwalder, Emma vows to use her unique position to gather intelligence for the Resistance - by any means necessary.

    Simone says: "Not As Good As I Hoped"
    "Predictable"
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    Performance
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    I wanted to read a war-torn or poignant or at least interesting story about a woman who is used to spy on the top German in Krakow in WW2. What I got was a predictable story and trite piece of writing. The author's first mistake was to use the present tense. That keeps the gentle reader at arm's length and Ms. Jenoff's story was just not enough to draw me in. Coupled with a lackluster performance by the reader, and I was happy to have this book come to an end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Barton

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    When her father assassinates Henry Carson, his employer's son and Mary's admirer, suspicion falls on Mary's second admirer, Jem, a fellow worker. Mary has to prove her lover's innocence without incriminating her own father.

    Amazon Customer says: "Narration as Brilliant Performance Art"
    "Mrs. Gaskell was so far ahead of her time"
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    Elizabeth Gaskell wrote novels and short stories in the 1840-60's. That is 150 years ago! And her novels have aged perfectly because the people speak in voices that you could hear today.

    She was only 55 when she died, leaving her last novel, "Wives and Daughters", unfinished. She also wrote "North and South", referring to England and the comparison between idyllic village life and terrible manufacturing town life. "Cranford" is a short novel, her second, and probably her best when considering characterizations.

    I find it incredible that "Mary Barton" was her first novel. It is chock full of people you will recognize from our culture today. Our American culture at that, probably any culture.

    Gaskell wrote in a manner that was so far ahead of her time. She needs to be appreciated by more people than just English majors. Her work deserves all sorts of people to read it. Just darned good story-telling.

    I heartily recommend all her novels to Audible listeners. Even though these novels are in the public domain, the Audible versions are so much better spoken. The readers chosen by Audible are perfect, light British accent and easily understood. They add a lot to these books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whodunnit?: Murder in Mystery Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Anthony Zuiker
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1546)
    Performance
    (1420)
    Story
    (1415)

    Ten excited guests arrive at the Westlake Estate, expecting a lavish retreat. They are the winners of a sweepstakes to "Live Like a Billionaire for a Week." But what was supposed to be a promising escape soon turns into a horrific nightmare. Within hours of arrival, the guests sit down for an extravagant dinner. When they pull their party poppers as instructed, a loud chorus of bangs resounds, followed by earsplitting screams as the guest seated at the head of the table bursts into flames and slumps to the floor.

    Stacy says: "As Ridiculous and Unimaginative as the TV show."
    "Stay with TV, gentle author. This is a BAD story"
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    I thought at the first maybe there would be redeeming value in this book. I was wrong. I hope it does not make it into a TV series, but knowing the state of commercial TV these days, I guess ABC will have another instant rotten tomato to offer its viewers.

    I always thought the grammatical errors in dialogue I encountered in various CSIs and other series were personalizations by the actors. Ha! Here is one of the most prolific writers / producers in TV Land, and he can't get the pronoun case (ETC) correct either.

    May I give this book back to Audible. I don't even want it in my "cloud".

    PS - To prove I read this thing to its conclusion, may I say this program has jumped the shark before it even hit the water?

    PPS - I did like the voice of the narrator, working with what he had, he did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (855)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "A Classic"
    "Super Post-Apocolyptic novel, better this time"
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    I read this when I was just a kid, many years ago, and just didn't appreciate it like I did this time around. It has a millennium long story to tell, about just how stupid the human race can be. High;y recommended for those who enjoy a little sci-fi mixed into their "sociological" listens. Good narrator too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11980)
    Performance
    (10376)
    Story
    (10353)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Heavy on the hardware, very light on the man behin"
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    I bought this wishing to learn about the LIFE of Steve Jobs. Instead I learned a lot about his projects and his incredible hubris, and very little about his actual life. The book is a time-line of products with footnotes of his life experiences.

    The narrator nearly drove me crazy with his slow, supremely precise pronunciations, of words that were unimportant in the story, and the errors made as have already been noted.

    My name is Pat and I'm a PC (with a wonderful iPod Touch).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (807)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Thanks for the fast forward button, Ipod!"
    Overall

    Tedious, repetitive, it's all of those things. I suspect this book might be better in the ABRIDGED edition. I'm glad my Ipod has a fast forward button so I don't have to suffer through all the repetitions of the Mother's Song and those cut-and-pastes from previous books.

    Sorely disappointed. And it didn't end as if the story of Ayla is over. Could someone else please take up the pen for the next one?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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