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Lee

Lincolnwood, Illinois | Member Since 2008

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  • 292 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By R.A. Scotti
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    It was the splendor and the scandal of the age. In 1506, the ferociously ambitious Renaissance Pope Julius II tore down the most sacred shrine in Europe, the millennium-old St. Peter's Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine over the apostle's grave, to build a better basilica.

    Margaret says: "Spell binding"
    "Great background to the history of St. Peters"
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    Story

    I agree with the other reviewers, a great story with wonderful insight. Well researched. The reader's poor pronunciation of so many words was such a distraction. She had a very pleasant voice but no concept how to pronounce so many Italian names, not to mention several English words too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18507)
    Performance
    (16474)
    Story
    (16434)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Wonderful deep dive into life in the early 60s"
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    I thouroughly enjoyed this book. It was my first Stephen King and I just loved the quality of the writing, the narration (great diversity in accents and voices) and the story. I was taken in from the first page and was really sorry to see it end. I was touched by some of the memories from the period that this book triggered, from the details of the hair tonic to the twist-o-flex watch. I had them both!
    The approach to time travel was very clever and I particularly enjoyed the way it was used to achieve a "do overr" when plans did not go right the first time. I heard that it is being made into a movie and can't wait to see it. No doubt they are aiming for the 50th anniversay of the assination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12947)
    Performance
    (8821)
    Story
    (8870)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "They do not come any better"
    Overall

    I could not put this one down. I could not wait for Louis to get off that raft only to find out how much worse things could get. What an amazing story. I am sorry it had to end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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