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Sydney

PARIS, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • A Murderous Procession: A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    National best-selling author Ariana Franklin resumes her Mistress of the Art of Death series with A Murderous Procession. In 1176, King Henry II’s daughter is set to marry the king of Sicily. But when several wedding guests are murdered during the procession, Adelia must uncover who is behind the killings and who is the killer’s real target.

    Betty says: "The end of a fantastic series?"
    "Missed Kate Reading's narrative skills"
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    The narrator almost ruined it for me. I did get used to her, but I didn't like the "Scary" voice interludes at all. I really missed Kate Reading. I did like the book -- and what Franklin is doing with this historical time period, which is coming together in my mind like never before. I can't believe how much time has been lost for women and medicine because of the suppression of the dark ages. Glad those times are gone! I also appreciate the author's historical notes.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • War Horse

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael Morpurgo
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    At the outbreak of World War I, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home.

    Georgia Burns says: "Stevens brings adult sensibility to child's tale"
    "Fall In Love"
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    This children's story will teach you about the Horrors of WWI while making you fall in love with a boy and his horse. Excellent for kids of all ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Homer, Stephen Mitchell (translator)
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (133)

    The power and the beauty of The Iliad resound again across 2,700 years in Stephen Mitchell's exciting new translation, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam flowed in every word. And we are there with them amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

    Darwin8u says: "Mitchell's Translation is Brilliant Poetry"
    "Masterpiece!"
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    If you have never fallen in love with The Iliad, please listen to this right now, and hear the story the way the ancient Greeks did. Enthralling story telling about the human experience, not just a war book. And the narrator is a master, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marjorie Morningstar

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (109)

    Marjorie Morningstar is a love story. It presents one of the greatest characters in modern fiction: Marjorie, the pretty 17-year-old who left the respectability of New York's Central Park West to join the theater, live in the teeming streets of Greenwich Village, and seek love in the arms of a brilliant, enigmatic writer.

    Arken says: "An excellent storyteller"
    "Yawn"
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    Unfortunately, I think today's woman will be utterly bored with this. I was. Not up to the rest of Wouk's offerings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (748)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Shocked to be so shocked"
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    It's hard to shock a veteran lawyer, but this book did it. Wish I had known this years ago. This book is not another fad diet book, rather, it is a food industry exposé. Even if you take it with a proverbial grain if salt, you'll be disturbed. I grew up on a farm where we ate mostly the food we raised. Now I'm even more motivated to return to the ways of my youth.

    I do agree that the narrator is a bit too dramatic; it is distracting. But don't let it discourage you from this important work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year of Wonders

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (261)

    When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story- Awful Narrator"
    "Preacher's Beware What You Ask of Your Parishoners"
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    I read this years ago, when it first came out. I decided to revisit by audio, and it was even better through this format. Brooks is a master at taking a historical situation and getting you to understand that there are never any easy answers. I recently heard a lecture where she explained that this story is based on the actual historical village that did just what is depicted here. Can you even imagine?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tom Rath
    • Narrated By Tom Rath
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (106)

    In Eat Move Sleep, Tom Rath delivers an audiobook that will improve your health for years to come. Quietly managing a serious illness for more than 20 years, Tom has assembled a wide range of information on the impact of eating, moving, and sleeping. Written in his classic conversational style, Eat Move Sleepfeatures the most proven and practical ideas from his research. This remarkably quick listen offers advice that is comprehensive yet simple and often counterintuitive but always credible.

    R. Townsend says: "Great Tips, Well Researched, but..."
    "Excellent Daily Motivation to Eat, Move & Sleep"
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    I enjoyed getting daily motivational tips to eat right, excercise more often and smarter, and get more quality sleep. I also bought the book, but I honestly think the audio version was more motivational for me, as it only took about 5ish minutes a day.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vagina: A New Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Naomi Wolf
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    When an unexpected medical crisis sends Naomi Wolf on a deeply personal journey to tease out the intersections between sexuality and creativity, she discovers, much to her own astonishment, an increasing body of scientific evidence that suggests that the vagina is not merely flesh, but an intrinsic component of the female brain - and thus has a fundamental connection to female consciousness itself.

    Alisa says: "Fantastic read!!"
    "Think you already know it all? Think again!"
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    I read this after having the fortune of acting in the local production of Vagina Monologues. It is a completely different work and very informative, fast read. If you think you already know it all, think again. Read and learn my friends. Thank you Wolf!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1769)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1058)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Historical Political Fiction / Literary Art"
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    Hilary Mantel became my new favorite author after reading this book, and I have rushed to read her other historical political fiction books. Amazingly lyrical, Mantel gives a new view to the Henry VIII era and a different understanding of Cromwell, which is always great fun. At the same time, she helped me understand what I had been missing in historical fiction. I'm glad to know that it does still belong as a high form of literary art. I want more of this!

    P.S. I did have to go back and check the book to follow, on occasion. But if you like a smart book, that is a plus. Mantel subscribes to the theory that readers are smart enough to get it, so authors shouldn't dumb it down for them. Thank you, Mantel, you've renewed my love of historical fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Josh Hanagarne
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    At first glance, Josh Hanagame seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love - Josh's earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life - from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting - circles back to a close connection with books.

    Sydney says: "Something Different, Something Wonderful"
    "Something Different, Something Wonderful"
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    I love a book that takes me out of my world and plants me right into a new world, and teaches me something I didn't know that I needed to know. This book delivers, I'm so glad it was written and that I read it. Laugh out loud funny, poignant and truthful. Can't get much better than that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Burnable Book: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce Holsinger
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    London, 1385: Surrounded by ruthless courtiers - including his powerful uncle, John of Gaunt, and Gaunt's artful mistress, Katherine Swynford - England's young king, Richard II, is in mortal peril. Songs are heard across London - catchy verses said to originate from an ancient book that prophesies the ends of England's kings - and among the book's predictions is Richard's assassination. Only a few powerful men know that the cryptic lines derive from a "burnable book", a seditious work that threatens the stability of the realm.

    Patrick M. Dennis says: "Couldn't Be Better!"
    "Need Ye a Goode Olde English Tale?"
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    Excellent narration and very enjoyable twisting historical mystery set in the time of Chaucer, chalk full of famous personalities, written by a professor who obviously knows his stuff. If you are much on historical fiction, you'll probably have read Kathryn, as in the mistress of John of Gaunt who has some famous Henries in his line of descendants. I had to read along with the audio to keep all the names/ events straight at first. Many memorable characters that aren't always what they seem. Very good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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