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Karen

St. Louis, MO, USA

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  • Tears of the Giraffe: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (439)

    Now engaged to Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe must contend with the hostility of her fianci's unscrupulous maid, who quickly begins plotting the disintegration of the arrangement. Then an American woman asks for help to learn the truth behind her son's disappearance in Africa, and Mma Ramotswe has all the troubles she can handle.

    Barbara says: "A tender tale, sweetly told"
    "Second book not as good as the first"
    Overall

    This book follows the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and, like the first book, is charmingly narrated by Lisette Lecat. The story line is weaker, although the characters remain strong and likeable. A good book by itself, but disappointing as a follow up to the No. 1 book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lee: The Last Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Bracelen Flood
    • Narrated By Michael Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Robert E. Lee, one of the most famous figures in American history, vanished after his dramatic surrender at Appomattox. In fact, he lived only another five years, during which time he did more than any other American to heal the wounds between North and South during the tempestuous postwar period.

    David says: "An incredible leader"
    "FANTASTIC! WELL DONE!"
    Overall

    I am not a fancy writer so I cannot praise this biography as it deserves to be. Flood expertly does what I expect from any biographer: he researches for factual accuracy and writes as if he knew Robert E. Lee ... so I felt as if I knew him, down to the detail of the combover to hide his baldness. My admiration for Gen. Lee increased in direct proportion to the new information presented by Charles Bracelen Flood. FIVE STARS

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Grant: Great Generals

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Mosier
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    In this newest addition to the Great Generals Series, John Mosier brings to life the brilliant military strategist Ulysses S. Grant. A modest and unassuming man, Grant never lost a battle, leading the Union to victory over the Confederacy during the Civil War, ultimately becoming president of the reunited states. Grant revolutionized military warfare by creating new leadership strategies and by integrating new technologies in classical military strategy.

    Robert says: "Grant(Unabridged)"
    "Grant deserves better"
    Overall

    Despite its excellent reviews, I found this book to be so dull that I fell asleep every time I put the ear buds in. Most of the info was old hat. I did learn he was only 5 ft 5 in. tall. Story: disappointing. Narrator: a sleeping pill

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cat Breaking Free

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Shirley Rousseau Murphy
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Joe Grey, Feline P.I., has called Molena Point home since he was a kitten, and he doesn't take well to marauding strangers. Joe even wonders whether the blonde who's moved in next to his human companion Clyde could be a part of the gang - she's been acting pretty suspicious lately. But when the strangers start trapping and caging feral cats it proves too much for Grey. And when one of the gang is murdered, and a second mysterious death comes to light, he has no choice but to try and stop the crimes.

    ch says: "Talking cats, but...fun and a great reader!!!"
    "Recommended juvenile literature"
    Overall

    Charming murder mystery with cats that can read and talk ... but only their "owners" know. As an adult reader, it was disappointing and you can drive holes through some of the story. But for juvenile readers... PURR fect! Nothing racy, no bad language. Cute, cute, cute.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1925)
    Performance
    (1111)
    Story
    (1116)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "A must read ... recommend paper version"
    Overall

    An interesting and well researched thesis. I am fascinated by how the New Testament was assembled. Ehrman is an expert with impeccable credentials but he is repititive. The narrator does not add anything to the equation. Still, I RECOMMEND IT because it has been carefully researched back to the earliest compilations in about 300 years after Jesus' life. Get it in paper form, so you can flip through the repeats.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2686)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1201)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "Fab book made great by the reader"
    Overall

    Great story, unforgettable "leading lady" and her garage shop friend. The reader is clearly "channelling" Precious. Without the reader this would be a good audio book. With her, it is a great book on audio. If it were a book in print, I would say I couldn't put it down. It made me curious about Botswana and since my knowledge of that country was nil, that's a good thing!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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