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Barbara

Buzzards Bay, MA, United States

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  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1128)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "Much more than I expected"
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    If you could sum up Killing Jesus in three words, what would they be?

    Factual,moving, thorough


    What other book might you compare Killing Jesus to and why?

    I would compare Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy to Killing Jesus. Mr. O'Reilly and Mr. Dugard put together factual well written historical non fiction in a manner that answers a lot of questions backed up by data. These books almost read like a .novel and I had to stop listening in all three to absorb the horror of what was occurring and remind myself this was non-fiction.


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Killing Jesus, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy. Mr. O'Reilly's narration was excellent in all three.


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

    The part about the flogging and its effects was particularly gruesome. Although all of the crucifixion sequence was very moving


    Any additional comments?

    Read or listen to this book. You will never forget it.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jonathan Eig, Jonathan Eig (introduction and notes)
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (20)
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    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Lou Gehrig was the Iron Horse, baseball's strongest and most determined superstar, struck down in his prime by a disease that now bears his name. But who was Lou Gehrig, really? Lou Gehrig is regarded as the greatest first baseman in baseball history. Shy and socially awkward, Gehrig was a misfit on a Yankee team that included drinkers and hell-raisers, most notably Babe Ruth.

    Barbara says: "Outstanding just wish it was unabridged"
    "Outstanding just wish it was unabridged"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Luckiest Man to be better than the print version?

    The print version was unabridged, and from that standpoint, it was better, but this version was excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A real come from nothing story about a superb athlete, always modest, quiet and a class act.
    Lou Gehrig in the prime of his athletic career,was struck by, in my estimation, the worst blow that one can be hit by, an incurable, quickly progressive,totally life alterating disease. In spite of this he continues his life in a different direction. All his life, Lou Gehrig carried himself with grace and class.


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

    No, but this performance was excellent


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

    The opening of the book was superb, with part of the speech he gave on


    Any additional comments?

    FIVE STARS for this presentation. Lou Gehrig was a player that all players in every sport should emultate

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Left Neglected

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Sarah Paulson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (127)

    Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny, and three children—Lucy, Charlie, and nine-month-old Linus.

    MissSusie66 says: "Another hit for Lisa Genova"
    "Superb listen!"
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    If you could sum up Left Neglected in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, interesting, finally!


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

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me do both


    Any additional comments?

    Having some background with closed head injuries, I was amazed and gladdened by this exploration of one of the many outcomes of head injuries. Although

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (708)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Great Story, Great Reader!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Worst Hard Time to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I have read and listened to this book. This a powerful account of the effect Nature can have on people. This was a period in history that few ecologists talk about. But, it did occur, little precipitation and unusually high temperatures. It had little to do with pollution and a lot to do with the way Nature works. It is a book that should be mandatory in school reading lists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4141)
    Performance
    (2974)
    Story
    (2970)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Patchett's best yet"
    Overall

    I was looking forward to Ann Patchett's new book and am glad to say I was not let down. I have found all of Ms. Patchett's books to be extraordinary. In the case of "State of Wonder" she again provides an excellent plot, excellent writing and excellent narration. The only flaw I could ferret out were references to "Inorganic Chemistry" and " small molecule" research. That truly is insignificant and not worth mentioning. The rest Is excellent and definitely worth the time and cost.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • 72 Hour Hold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bebe Moore Campbell
    • Narrated By Pamella D'Pella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    In this novel of family and redemption, a mother struggles to save her 18-year-old daughter from the devastating consequences of mental illness by forcing her to deal with her bipolar disorder. New York Times best-selling author Bebe Moore Campbell draws on her own powerful emotions and African-American roots, showcasing her best writing yet.

    Kevin says: "Very interesting book on mental health..."
    "Well written, accurate and heartbreaking account!"
    Overall

    Ms. Campbell's account of the struggle of not only her daughter afflicted with bipolar syndrome, but herself as caregiver, is powerful, accurate and well written. I was deeply moved by Ms. Campbell's frustration and valiant effort to get help for her daughter.Anyone who has experienced a condition such as her daughter or acted as caregiver for a person with a serious medical condition will see themselves in this excellent book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2218)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1110)

    One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

    Molly says: "Keeps you guessing all the way through!"
    "A great listen/read"
    Overall

    As a long time fan of Ms. Gardner, I was not suprised by what a great book "Love You More" turned out to be.. Good, narration, interesting characters, lots of twists and turns in the story, no sloppy, unbelievable love scenes and absolutely no personal political views woven into the plot. I enjoyed the whole book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sing You Home

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Brian Hutchison, Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (541)

    Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. And it’s music that brings her back to love. When fertility issues lead to a divorce, Zoe throws herself into her career as a music therapist. As an unexpected friendship with a woman slowly blossoms into love, she makes plans for a new life, but to her shock and inevitable rage, some people - even those she loves and trusts most - don’t want that to happen.

    CDN says: "A Good Listen (except the music)"
    "Enough!"
    Overall

    It seems that many of the works of fiction I have read or listened to the past year or two have very political themes. When I read a work of fiction I expect to enjoy myself, I read non fiction for current issues or historical events and I expect to be presented with controversy.I do not read science fiction at all. This book is science fiction. This book is a hodge-podge of every social controversy going accompanied by low quality music and a truly ridiculous ending. This is my last Picoult book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2291)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1473)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Should be Required Reading for all People"
    Overall

    The best book I have ever read or listened to on this subject, or actually any non fiction subject. The writing is exceptional and the narration flawless. If you have any concerns or interest in your health this book is a must!

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2409)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1144)

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "WOW"
    Overall

    Again, a most entertaining book by Lee Child with great narration by Dick Hill. The story line is put together well, the ending a HUGE suprise.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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