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Anne

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KLAMATH FALLS, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Countess of Carnarvon
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (257)

    Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration and setting for Julian Fellowes's Emmy Award-winning PBS series, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants: Lady Almina, the fifth Countess of Carnarvon. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.

    jill says: "Fascinating"
    "Fluffy"
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish to book had been less like a greeting card!
    It reminds me of the Marion Crawford book, "The Little Princesses", in its saccharine infused prose. A biography of Mother Teresa would have been less gooey! I wanted a more three dimensional view of Almina, instead we are given treacle coated view!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: Almina's drive. Least interesting: the superficial treatment of very complex personal relationships.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably in hopes of a screen writer who was less protective than the author!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Harriet Reisen
    • Narrated By Harriet Reisen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Louisa May Alcott portrays a writer as worthy of interest in her own right as her most famous character, Jo March, and addresses all aspects of Alcott's life: the effect of her father's self-indulgent utopian schemes; her family's chronic economic difficulties and frequent uprootings; her experience as a nurse in the Civil War; and the loss of her health and frequent recourse to opiates in search of relief from migraines, insomnia, and symptomatic pain.

    Heimo says: "interesting life, strange reader"
    "Painful performance"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Another reader!!!!


    What other book might you compare Louisa May Alcott to and why?

    I'm not sure I will be able to listen to the entire book due to the poor performance of the author/reader. She ought to stick to writing and allow a professional to narrate. Reisen might be tolerable for a 15 min reading at a book signing but NOT for 12 hours. Very disappointed as I adore Alcott and had looked forward to listening.


    How could the performance have been better?

    See above


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Growing Up bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jean Sasson, Najwa bin Laden, Omar bin Laden
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    A true story that few ever believed would come to light, Growing Up bin Laden uncovers startling revelations and hidden secrets carefully guarded by the most wanted terrorist of our lifetime, Osama bin Laden.

    Curatina says: "Fascinating. I could not stop listening."
    "Bin Laden's Son Speaks"
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    Performance
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    If you could sum up Growing Up bin Laden in three words, what would they be?

    It changes nothing


    What did you like best about this story?

    The yearning of Omar Bin Laden when he describes his childhood and the relationship with his father touched me. As an adult, the yearning for a father persists despite his ability to look at and judge his father with suprising objectivity.


    What about Mel Foster’s performance did you like?

    The performance was good overall but there were times when I felt as ifI was listening to italics and could not determine if they were the author's or the narrator's


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

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (645)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "Medical History Phenomenon"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Great Influenza in three words, what would they be?

    Best Medical History


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Influenza?

    The juxtaposition of the scientific evolution and the human condition predicated by the Influenza pandemic and its ongoing impact for the world at risk of a similar pandemic today.


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

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was very moved by the personal experiences of the men, and few women, of the scientific community which run through the entire book. .


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book is a must read (must listen) for anyone in the medical community, anyone interested in the social and political impact of disease, or anyone with a passion for history. Beautifully written and narrated, I listened during any moment I had available. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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