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Jeffrey

Northbrook, IL, United States

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  • John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Paul C. Nagel
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    A United States minister, senator, president, and congressman in turn, John Quincy Adams was one of the most prevalent and dedicated Americans in history. Drawing from Adams' 70-year diary, author Paul Nagel probes deeply into the psyche of this cantankerous, misanthropic, erudite, hardworking son of a former president whose remarkable career spanned so many offices.

    James says: "Good Book, Narrow Focus"
    "Great Biography of an Underrated American"
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    What did you love best about John Quincy Adams?

    I learned a great deal from this well researched book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed learning about Adams' devotion to his family.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Riggenbach’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A true American hero.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As I Lay Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman, Robertson Dean, Lina Patel, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (217)

    At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member, including Addie, and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

    Kristina says: "Faulkner's As I Lay Dying review"
    "A True Classic"
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    Where does As I Lay Dying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was near the top.


    What other book might you compare As I Lay Dying to and why?

    Tobacco Road, because they both deal with a poor rural southern family. However in this case the family seems to genuinely care about each other and are not starving.


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

    Yes, I had insomnia one night and listened to the entire book


    Any additional comments?

    Faulkner is difficult for me to understand without a study guide. Following it with a study guide it was an enjoyable experience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (255)

    Carson McCullers was all of 23 when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She became an overnight literary sensation, and soon such authors as Tennessee Williams were calling her "the greatest prose writer that the South [has] produced." The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s.

    Connie says: "Cherry Jones - 10"
    "This is a wonderful novel"
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    If you could sum up The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter in three words, what would they be?

    Poignant, hopeful, and memorable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mick Kelly--she represents the resiliency and hope which is at the core of the novel. Through out the book you cannot help but root for her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Doctor's speech at his Christmas Party.


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

    It was too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I discovered this book on the ModernLibrary Guilds list of the top 100 best novels of the twentieth century. Based on the title I feared that it would be overly melodramatic. However it was anything but a soap opera. The characters are portrayed as complex human beings and not stereotypes of people. It is beautifully written and well performed. It grabbed my interest from the beginning. It became one of my favorite novels which I have heard or read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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