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colleen

Regina, SK, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Walden: Life in the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (135)

    Thoreau's classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever written. The bible of the environmental movement, Walden vividly portrays Thoreau's reverence for nature, and his understanding of the idea that nature is made up of crucially interrelated parts.

    Darwin8u says: "SHAKES the Ground, Sun & the Wilderness within."
    "What is with the reader?"
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    Would you try another book from Henry David Thoreau and/or Alec Sand?

    Maybe the author, NEVER the reader.


    What didn’t you like about Alec Sand’s performance?

    I found him to sound impatient, pretentious, and bored. He seemed to almost be sighing at the end of a lot of the sentences.


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  • Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Guralnick
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley is the first biography to go past that myth and present an Elvis beyond the legend. Based on hundreds of interviews and nearly a decade of research, it traces the evolution not just of the man but of the music and of the culture he left utterly transformed, creating a completely fresh portrait of Elvis and his world. This volume tracks the first 24 years of Elvis' life, covering his childhood, the stunning first recordings at Sun Records, and the early RCA hits.

    Vicki says: "I'm an Elvis fan now"
    "Absolutely outstanding."
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    What made the experience of listening to Last Train to Memphis the most enjoyable?

    This book is heavy on the details - reading the researched minutia might have been a little bit overwhelming. The performance of the reader, combined with an incredible biography, made me listen to this book non-stop. It was incredible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Train to Memphis?

    All of it was wonderful, but the reader clearly understood where to put the emphasis and inflection. He was wonderful. I loved hearing him pretend to cheer like a teenage girl! The ending was heartbreaking, and he used the power of his dramatic pause very effectively.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Stillwell – was your favorite?

    His portrayal of Elvis was wonderful - capturing the slight drawl and accent without going overboard was wonderful.


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

    As previously stated, when Elvis' mother passed away. It was heartbreaking. I was weeding in the garden and started to cry. Ha!


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