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Linda

Brackettville, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (500)

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her, including her millionaire father and vibrant older sister, who often steals the spotlight. Then Anne, a college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to Mexico City to spend Christmas with her family. There she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by Charles’s assurance and fame, Anne is certain the celebrated aviator has scarcely noticed her. But she is wrong.

    Audrey says: "The Megalomaniac's Wife"
    "Boring"
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    The narrator was slow, the text gave too many insignificant details. I think this was noted in other reviews. I've made it to their second meeting. Don't know if I can take much more.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (735)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (550)

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "A different view"
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    First, I'd like to say to those who didn't like the author's reading: I found it like a personal encounter with someone who is truly interesting and engaging. He's talking to me, not an audience.
    The story is different. He has lived a very unique life. I got off to a slow start (I had put this book off for a long time) but it became more interesting as he went from China to boxing, to Bosnia and Bolivia as a relief worker and then to SEAL training. His insights into human behavior, learned from experience, helped me to look at other lifestyles with more understanding.
    Buy the book! -- the proceeds will help wounded American warriors. From hearing his story I'm sure he will make more use of those few dollars than I ever could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter the Great: His Life and World

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (265)

    This superbly told story brings to life one of the most remarkable rulers––and men––in all of history and conveys the drama of his life and world. The Russia of Peter's birth was very different from the Russia his energy, genius, and ruthlessness shaped. Crowned co-Tsar as a child of ten, after witnessing bloody uprisings in the streets of Moscow, he would grow up propelled by an unquenchable curiosity, everywhere looking, asking, tinkering, and learning, fired by Western ideas.

    Susan says: "detailed history"
    "This is one I'll listen to again"
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    I really enjoyed this book. Robert Massie covers the history of everything going on that had any influence on Peter. I would recommend this book to anyone who knows little or nothing about Russian history. It's a good story and you get a picture of life in the 16th-17th century.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth of York

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Elizabeth of York would have ruled England, but for the fact that she was a woman. One of the key figures of the Wars of the Roses, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, she married Henry Tudor to bring peace to a war-torn England. In Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen, Alison Weir builds a portrait of this beloved queen, placing her in the context of the magnificent, ceremonious, often brutal world she inhabited.

    Linda Lou says: "GREAT BOOK; BAD NARRATOR"
    "The narrator is driving me crazy!"
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    I'm not sure I can get through this. The narrator does weird things (such as imitation French accent quoting an Englishman) with her voice when she is reading quotations and is not always understandable. Her regular reading voice is ok, but Really Irritating when she reads quotations. I know print books have proof readers, don't audiobooks have proof listeners? I was warned, but I am usually able to enjoy the book despite the narrator.

    I'm about 2 hours in and periodically have to stop listening because it gets so annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (356)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "Very Educational"
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    I would never have selected this book if I had not listened to the author's work on George Washington. I was impressed by the overall story telling and the details. It is long, but held my interest. The author gives a lot of the backstory and we see the human character (and failings) of the "founding fathers". I learned a lot about Alexander Hamilton and did not realize how much he contributed to the founding of the U.S. I also learned that politics haven't changed much since the founding -- which gives me hope for the future. And, it is "G" rated for family listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1228)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (944)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "A "Sleeper""
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    I picked this because I enjoy history. Wow! A surprisingly good story. The author gives interesting details about the characters and events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Alone

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Janet Dailey
    • Narrated By Lloyd Bochner
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Janet Dailey's landmark saga of adventure and romance spans 200 years with the rich and dangerous wilds of Alaska as a backdrop. The epic begins with the love of a beautiful Aleut woman for a noble and ambitious Cossack hunter. From their union come seven generations of a proud breed of native Alaskans, in whose veins flows the blood of the many peoples - Russian, Indian, English, American - who played a part in forging this new land.

    Linda says: "Not Michener"
    "Not Michener"
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    This was made from tapes and the sound quality was poor (hard to understand while driving). The book was recommended by a friend. She liked it, but I didn't. Unnecessary descriptions of sex.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Miranda Carter
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    In the years before the First World War, the great European powers were ruled by three first cousins: King George V of Britain, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Together, they presided over the last years of dynastic Europe and the outbreak of the most destructive war the world had ever seen, a war that set 20th-century Europe on course to be the most violent continent in the history of the world.

    D. Littman says: "interesting and entertaining work of history"
    "IT REALLY IS A SMALL WORLD"
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    It was very interesting to see the relationships of Europe's leaders before WWI. I did spend a lot of time on Wickipedia and other sites to keep the genealogies straight -- very good story to inspire more research in history

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Enquiry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    To a jockey, losing his license is the equivalent of being struck off, or disbarred, or cashiered. When steeplechase rider Kelly Hughes lost his license his first feelings were of bewilderment and disbelief, for he was not guilty of the charges. Nor, to the best of his knowledge, was the trainer he had ridden for, who lost his livelihood as well. When his first stunned state of shock subsided, Kelly began to wonder why he had been framed, who had done it, and how it had been achieved.

    Marilyn says: "A great yarn"
    "I ENJOY DICK FRANCIS BOOKS"
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    A good listen when you're driving 5 hours, or just doing housework -- pretty much G or PG rated

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12474)
    Performance
    (4866)
    Story
    (4902)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "TOO MUCH SEX DETAIL"
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    The story is pretty good -- a bit long, I was more interested in the history -- I doubt that human sex habits have changed, and I don't want to have to listen to all the details -- I did discover the skip feature of my iPod. I wish there was a rating system for audio so I don't have to waste my money on trashy novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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