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carrie

Interested in historical fiction, intriguing characters and foreign cultures.

North Texas, United States

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REVIEWS
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  • Follow the River

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Alexander Thom
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (304)

    Mary Ingles was 23, happily married, and pregnant with her third child when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement in 1755 and kidnapped her, leaving behind a bloody massacre. For months they held her captive. But nothing could imprison her spirit. With the rushing Ohio River as her guide, Mary Ingles walked one thousand miles through an untamed wilderness no white woman had ever seen.

    Marie says: "Amazing tale of survival"
    "This.is.storytelling."
    Overall

    Far too many writers tell, not show. Thom shows you exactly what Mary's seeing. You feel her physical pains and mental anguish, you think you can reach out and touch her to give her a hug Thom puts you in the scene so well. Of course it helps to have interesting material as well! If you like this book, you'll love Lucia St. Clair Robson's Ride the Wind. It's also historical fiction... about another strong brave woman, Cynthia Ann Parker. Loved the narrator for this version also! I fear I won't be able to find another audiobook to measure up!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steven Tyler
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (306)

    The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick and his beloved Janis Joplin, Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his "mutant twin" and legendary partner, Joe Perry. In this addictively listenable memoir, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.

    Damian says: "Reads true to the man and true to music"
    "Should've stopped after the 1st half."
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    What would have made Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? better?

    Surely Tyler's got more interesting stories from his adult years than how many girls and drugs he did? Maybe it got less raunchy further into the second half... I don't know, I had to turn it off. It was such a drastic change from the first half of funny, not raunchy stories from his childhood and teen years when Aerosmith began.


    Has Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I have Sammy Hagar's Red in my wish list but I'm reluctant to buy it.


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Davidson – was your favorite?

    ?? Tyler's THE character.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Does the Noise in My Head Bother You??

    I'd have to take a look at the second half to figure out why it's SO disconnected from the first half which I loved.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to hear a lot of bragging about how many drugs and girls Tyler did, you'll like it. The second half anyway. The first half is humorous and endearing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Union Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s beloved Elm Creek Quilts series here takes listeners back to the Civil War for a powerful tale of husbands, wives, and a nation torn apart. Fervent abolitionism rules the day in 1862 Water’s Ford, Pennsylvania. So when the local men answer Mr. Lincoln’s call to arms, wives are left behind to keep the town functioning. Fortunately, the ladies of Elm Creek Valley have an ingenious plan.

    patrish says: "More social history than quilting"
    "Great Historical Fiction."
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    What did you love best about The Union Quilters?

    How well the author intertwined a quilt, a quilting circle and their soldier husbands perspectives into a story with no ends left untied.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gerta was my favorite. She was most interesting being the scandal of the whole circle and the town yet compassionate to those fighting for the country. And she was a paid employee; unheard of in those times.


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

    I haven't heard her before but I thought she did an excellent job with characters whether they were male or possessing an accent.


    If you could take any character from The Union Quilters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Gerta. Seems she'd have a plethora of stories to share.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3722)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1053)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Can't believe I waited so long to read this!"
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    If you could sum up Memoirs of a Geisha in three words, what would they be?

    What?! Not non-fiction?!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sayuri. It was like sitting down with an elderly person from another culture who tells you about her most interesting life full of drama and trials and triumphs and intriguing people.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Hatsumomo got the boot!


    If you could rename Memoirs of a Geisha, what would you call it?

    I can't thnk of a better name.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2857)
    Performance
    (2402)
    Story
    (2410)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Don't know how this has 4-stars."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Romance novel enthusiasts might enjoy this type of fluff. I prefer intriguing characters in intriguing situations.


    What was most disappointing about Susanna Kearsley’s story?

    Utterly boring yawnfest. Couldn't force myself to finish the 1st half.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I couldn't understand most of what


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Winter Sea?

    Descriptions of interiors. Scenes with her agent and her baby.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • West with the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Beryl Markham
    • Narrated By Julie Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (377)

    West with the Night is the story of a remarkable woman molded and shaped by many things: the African jungle, a certain dog, horses, airplanes, friendships with white men and black. There is no life, no story quite like it.

    Michael Moore says: "Top Notch Writing; Riveting Stories"
    "What an interesting lady!"
    Overall

    Beryl can be a bit long-winded at times (its like listening patiently to a senior tell an intrigiung tale) and the narrator occasionally has a faint but audible nasal whistle, but other than those two minor things, I loved this story. Excellent writing, excellent narration. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12138)
    Performance
    (7511)
    Story
    (7397)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "What every parent is thinking..."
    Overall

    but cannot say at bedtime with their kids. Of course this isnt to be read to the kids... Its for the parents after the kids are FINALLY the f^*^ asleep. Not recommended for non-cursers. I find it hilarious and have listened to it numerous times. Ah... What memories of my night-owl daughter!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Walking Drum

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (208)

    Here is an historic adventure of extraordinary power waiting to sweep you away to exotic lands as one of the most popular writers of our time conquers new storytelling worlds. Louis L'Amour has been best known for his ability to capture the spirit and drama of the authentic American West. Here, he guides listeners to an even more distant frontier -- the enthralling lands of the 12th century.

    Jamie says: "Best of Louis L'Amour!!"
    "Master of imagery?"
    Overall

    My cousin recommended L'Amour to me so I really wanted to like this. But it's like L'Amour made a movie of it first and frantically wrote down what was happening as it was playing. Too fast paced to have any imagery. I often had to rewind to catch up with what was happening. Thumbs down. Did not finish.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Patrick Fraley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (178)

    One of the greatest treats in all world literature, this masterpiece from Mark Twain inspired a literary revolution. The novel offers both brilliant humor and tragedy as Huck and Jim explore the moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom. Huck, the narrator, is shrewd, ingenious, and literal; he reports on everything he sees, which allows the listener to experience the hypocrisy of "sivilization".

    Andrea says: "Terrific interpretion of an excellent story"
    "So dry I needed a drink of water."
    Overall

    I don't know how Twain became famous. I prefer authors who can paint a scene with words. Quickly gave up on this one.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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