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Ellen

COLCHESTER, CT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • HHhH

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laurent Binet
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    HHhH: "Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich," or "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich." The most dangerous man in Hitler's cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich was known as the "Butcher of Prague." He was feared by all and loathed by most. With his cold Aryan features and implacable cruelty, Heydrich seemed indestructible-until two men, a Slovak and a Czech recruited by the British secret service-killed him in broad daylight on a bustling street in Prague, and thus changed the course of History.

    Darwin8u says: "Himlers Hirn heisst Heydrich"
    "Spellbinding & Unique Narrative"
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    I loved the way the author told this story. The narrator of the story is a writer who has the facts about the real events that took place in this WW2 story and then builds the back story of the main characters. While being as factual as he can be he acknowledges that he has to create some of what the characters were likely thinking or feeling. This is why it is a novel and not a non-fiction history. He tells us what he is doing and I found the commentary he interjected while writing the story very entertaining. I really am not explaining this well; suffice is to say I really enjoyed this book. I was anxious to go back to it everytime I had to put it down.

    The reader did a great job. He was very easy to listen to and captured the tone of the story perfectly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet Dell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jayne Anne Phillips
    • Narrated By Tandy Cronyn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    From one of America's most accomplished and acclaimed fiction writers, a spectacularly riveting novel based on a real-life multiple murder by a con man who preyed on widows - a story that has haunted Jayne Anne Phillips for more than four decades. In Chicago in 1931, Asta Eicher, mother of three, is lonely and despairing, pressed for money after the sudden death of her husband. She begins to receive seductive letters from a chivalrous, elegant man named Harry Powers, who promises to cherish and protect her, ultimately to marry her and to care for her and her children. Weeks later, all four Eichers are dead.

    Julie says: "Captures a bygone era but still relevant..."
    "Didn't expect this to be so good!"
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    Story

    The basis of this book is a true life grisly story so I wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't want something too lurid but had read very good reviews about the book so bought it. I am so glad I did. The author's writing is so elegant and I loved the way she weaves fiction into the facts of the story. If she had just stuck to the facts of the story it would not have been half as interesting. While some people might find the supernatural parts of the story a little strange I thought it was an affecting way to bring out the special personality of the youngest child in this tragic story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Is Illuminated

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (323)

    Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

    J. Kovler says: "What a brilliantly original work!"
    "funny and heartwarming story"
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    I loved this book. Everything about it was great! I liked the way the current day events were interwoven with a story one of the main characters is writing about events in the past. It is a very funny book and it is also a touching and many times sad story about events in WW2. The "current day" story is based on real events from the author's recent past. The narrator was really great too. I don't know if the accent is accurate or not but it really does not matter. I think you will really enjoy thie book. I just downloaded one of his other books, Extememly Loud and Incredibly Close and I am loving that one too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Leslie Maitland
    • Narrated By Leslie Maitland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees—the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before the Germans sealed the harbors. Then, barred from entering the United States, they lived in Cuba for almost two years before immigrating to New York.

    Ellen says: "I didn't want it to end..absolutely wonderful!"
    "I didn't want it to end..absolutely wonderful!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Crossing the Borders of Time the most enjoyable?

    The author was also the narrator and she did an outstanding job. The story itself was incredible..a young Jewsih woman escapes France at the last moment before the final deportations. She leaves behind her fiancee and they vow to reunite after the war. The book covers her escape to several different countries and spans the next 50 years of her life. The author has so much love and feeling for all of the characters which makes this an extra special experience. I highly recommend this book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crossing the Borders of Time?

    There are too many to count.


    What does Leslie Maitland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is the daughter of the main character and mother and daughter have always had an extremely close relationship. They know more about each other than an author outside the family could ever find out. You can hear this in her voice. She also can speak French and some German which really adds to the reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared to fall in love with these characters!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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