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Diane

Westlake Village, CA, United States

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  • The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (796)

    In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

    deborah says: "Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
    "How the Tabs started!"
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    What did you love best about The Murder of the Century?

    how the author wove the historical times into the storyline. Very descriptive and easy to follow


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (909)

    From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

    C. Johnson says: "Standard Archer "class-clash". Stellar narration!!"
    "Intriguing story...characters grab you from start"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Only Time Will Tell to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Only Time Will Tell?

    when he finally is told how his father died


    Any additional comments?

    well worth the time. Can't wait for the second book to come out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2724)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1088)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "If you like multiple stories this is for you"
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    What would have made The Historian better?

    in the description letting the buyer know it is about Dracula


    What could Elizabeth Kostova have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    the narration jumps between characters, accents, eras and is very confusing


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    too many accents (not well done)


    Any additional comments?

    very disappointed in this book - sorry I wasted a credit on it

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Langella
    • Narrated By Frank Langella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (152)

    Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella's myriad encounters with some of the past century's most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.

    Kathy says: "Delightful"
    "The famous become intimate friends"
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    Where does Dropped Names rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well written, spoken and thoroughly entertaining. Among one of the best I have listened to so far


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr. Langella's storytelling make the famous seem like they have been your friends forever. The people are real, with highs and lows like the listener. Also, the narrator includes his own "lows" among the stories, which adds to the realism of this book


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vanderbilts

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jerry E. Patterson
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Cornelius Vanderbilt parlayed a $100.00 investment into the largest private transportation company in the world while creating an American Dynasty in New York, Newport, Vermont, and Asheville, North Carolina. This history of his family and their lush, opulent lifestyle is filled with juicy stories and fun tidbits about their lives in the Gilded Era.

    Neil Chisholm says: "Obscene Riches"
    "more of a summary than indepth."
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    What did you love best about The Vanderbilts?

    Easy to listen to


    Would you recommend The Vanderbilts to your friends? Why or why not?

    not what I thought it would be


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no extreme reaction. waiting for more indepth re: Cornelius Vanderbilt and his influence on family and society and never got it


    Any additional comments?

    no

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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