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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4945)
    Performance
    (4177)
    Story
    (4190)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Winter of the World better?

    The author is an obvious liberal and takes every opportunity he can to bash conservatives and Republicans. It would have been better to leave his bias at home.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett again?

    I am not sure.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The reader is good and keeps a good pace.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The history is interesting, if one can believe all of it - but it is written in a very one-sided way. Real history is just not one-sided.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (195)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "Disappointed in this Book"
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    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I have been reading this book because I have a lot of Julia Child cookbooks and I have learned a lot from them. However, I am very disappointed that this book is so political. I never realized what a Liberal Julia Child was and the book would have been better if it had kept her political views out and that it had stuck to cooking. After what I have learned about Julia, I no longer view her so highly. She was a great cook but a dumbbell in other respects.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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