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Kathleen

hampton falls, NH, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Poets of Nature: A Meditation on the Human Connection with Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Walt Whitman, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, and others
    • Narrated By Jonathan Epstein, Malcolm Ingram, Emma Micklewright, and others
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    It is hard to top the pleasure of a woodland walk in Spring unless of course you have a lyric poet as your guide. Now that is possible with Poets of Nature. Let Walt Whitman, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Bronte, and Ralph Waldo Emerson take you into that realm of Nature "where we seldom wander".

    Kathleen says: "Superb for relaxation!"
    "Superb for relaxation!"
    Overall

    I was so surprised this collection served a dual purpose - not only by providing a beautiful collection of poems to listen to by an exceptional group of readers, but it also is extremely relaxing, having the capability of virtually transporting you to another time and place. Highly recommend it!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2051)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (630)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "Virtual Australian Journey"
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    If you could sum up In a Sunburned Country in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, immersive and experiential.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In a Sunburned Country?

    In addition to a hundred memorable, anecdotal 'Bryseconds' (short, engaging, sidebars that never fail to be superbly funny and are not bad in the re-telling when describing the book to others), the magical juxtaposition of rea-life/present day experiences and sojourns alongside the sharing of Australian history (and truly historical characters) weaves a very imagination-provoking tapestry. The unique perspective on the Australian Aborigines - their story, their plight and their level of integration (or lack there of) into Australian society and culture was (embarrassingly) news to me... I'm now on a quest to gain a better understanding of what sound like a fascinating people.I hope I make it to Australia some day, but if I don't - I'll have this book to thank for taking me on a journey there.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Bryson – was your favorite?

    Bill as Bill is hard to beat.


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

    Laughter abounds, the book is hugely entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (264)

    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent but warm-hearted 11 year-old girl. Fortunately her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life.

    David says: "Magical"
    "Wonderful Retelling!"
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    Where does Anne of Green Gables rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This classic is one for all ages. It takes the reader back to a simpler time and tells a story of self-discovery and the union of an orphan with an older, quiet couple and the enrichment they bring to each other in a beautifully touching way. Not to be missed!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Brinkley
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    In this groundbreaking epic biography, Douglas Brinkley draws on never-before-published materials to examine the life and achievements of our "naturalist president." By setting aside more than 230 million acres of wild America for posterity between 1901 and 1909, Theodore Roosevelt made conservation a universal endeavor. This crusade for the American wilderness was perhaps the greatest U.S. presidential initiative between the Civil War and World War I.

    Robert says: "Inspirational"
    "Finely written, detailed history...."
    Overall

    As a purchaser of many other audio books on Teddy Roosevelt - I seem to enjoy those that really present a more up close and personal side of this amazing character, rather than more or less a straight-forward relaying of the facts...This book, while very detailed and well written, falls more into this latter category. Through an extensive array of vignettes, the contribution to wildlife and environmental preservation on behalf of Teddy Roosevelt comes to life. The picture it paints is one of overwhelming dedication to environmental stewardship. A fine, detailed account of the many contributions of Roosevelt, the relationships he had with notable early environmentalists and many other influential folk who shaped our modern day park and forestry systems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walden: Life in the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Henry David Thoreau
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    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."
    "Poor Performance..."
    Overall

    While Thoreau's writings fascinate me, the narrator in this case is a very poor match for the content. I simply can't get through the book because the narrators pensive pace, tone, and anxious inflection simply transforms what is meant to be peacefully, contemplative content into a delivery that does not complement Thoreau's nature/persona well at all.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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