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Rebecca

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  • Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (187)

    Elaine Pagels explores the surprising history of the most controversial book of the Bible. In the waning days of the Roman Empire, militant Jews in Jerusalem had waged anall-out war against Rome’s occupation of Judea, and their defeat resulted in the desecration of the Great Temple in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of that war, John of Patmos, a Jewish prophet and follower of Jesus, wrote the Book of Revelation, prophesying God’s judgment on the pagan empire that devastated and dominated his people.

    Diane says: "Revealing "Revelations""
    "Pagel Expands Our Understanding of Revelation"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in commentaries of the Bible. Pagel's generally broadens our understanding of the way the Bible was put together--how decisions were made and why.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Revelations?

    The conclusions near the end, emphasizing why Revelation was chosen over other visionary writings of the time--and what these other writings have to teach us---was enlightening.


    What about Lorna Raver’s performance did you like?

    Her reading was clear, her pronunciations very good, and in general she seemed to understand the material she was handling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it in about three sittings, and I would not recommend stretching out the listening process. Too much would be lost between sessions. One needs to stay in the "flow" of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I think religious fundamentalists would not like this book, but then it was not written for them. Pagels writes in terms that any interested person can comprehend. I think her popularity has been her ability to avoid strictly "theological" terminology and language.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Old Filth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (458)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (354)

    FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.

    Michele says: "A Great Read, matched by a Great Reader"
    "Beautifully Written Book"
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    What did you love best about Old Filth?

    The character development is superb, and her use of chronology is accessible, though she does jump around in time. One never feels lost.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Old Filth, of course--with his wife Betty running a close second. This book is one of a trilogy, the same period/story covered from three different viewpoints. One understands Filth's ability to be a good lawyer and judge; his background fills in all the holes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have a difficult time isolating a scene, as the book is very much of one piece. The scenes of Filth's childhood were vivid, horribly so.


    Who was the most memorable character of Old Filth and why?

    Old Filth and his wife.


    Any additional comments?

    If any reader/listener has a predeliction for English novels, Jane Gardam is your cup of tea. Her sentences are structured economically, with none of the unfortunate excess of simile/metaphor as one finds in "writerly" authors. This trilogy covers a time period from the Raj, on to the present. I might add that her handling of the elderly characters is excellent--realistic but sympathetic. She does not judge her characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of Yesterday

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (111)

    When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he doesn't begin to worry. She had been out drinking, after all, and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman. But when her body is discovered, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness - now dead - had forgotten.

    Sharron says: "Like visiting an old friend"
    "Leave Hamish Be!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An actual plot line that cohered with the characters.


    What could M. C. Beaton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Spent a LOT of time with an editor; sharpen up the plot; avoid silly, unbelievable turns.


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

    Had it not been for his voice, which I enjoy, I would have deleted this thing about halfway through.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at my wasting a credit to buy it!


    Any additional comments?


    This book is downright silly. Characters behave in ways that make absolutely no sense to anyone. And so much repetition from previous books! Has this author ever heard of character development? She/he (have no idea if this is a pseudonym) should give up on this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Antonia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Willa Cather
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (273)

    Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.

    Tammy says: "Enthralling!!"
    "Pioneer Strength"
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    Would you listen to My Antonia again? Why?

    I read My Antonia years ago, in college, and wanted to revisit it after I recently read Death Comes for the Archbishop--a beautiful book. I would not necessarily want to listen to My Antonia again, as I am familiar with the period about which she is writing.


    What other book might you compare My Antonia to and why?

    I would compare it to my father's book (self-published years ago, printed on a mimeograph machine). His book, Recollections: My Folks and Fields, covers the same time span in Clay County, Alabama and describes life for the same sort of people. I am currently re-editing my father's book, getting it in hardback form to replace the ones now in libraries.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Cummings – was your favorite?

    The narrator's voice was strongest.


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

    My reaction was not extreme, but I came away with an increased admiration for the people who had the strength to be pioneers. They had so little and worked harder than most people (especially the young) can imagine in our spoiled culture.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book would be good for high school students to tackle, though I doubt they would have the perseverance to get through it. Comparing their electronic, obese, pampered existences to that of the young people of Nebraska in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries would be informative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Few Quick Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    In A Few Quick Ones, P.G. Wodehouse brings together some of his oldest friends for a party. Jeeves and Wooster are there, so is Mr Mulliner and the Oldest Member. And also the Drones, Oofy Prosser, and Bingo Little.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wodehouse Quick Ones"
    "Cecil Strikes Again"
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    What did you love best about A Few Quick Ones?

    I am a Wodehouse fan, and once I discovered Jonathan Cecil's renditions, I became addicted. During A Few Quick Ones I was laughing as I drove down the interstate, or as I ran on the treadmill.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Few Quick Ones?

    I can't pinpoint a moment as a favorite, but Cecil's ability to create the appropriate voices for Wodehouse's peculiar characters is consistently excellent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Same answer as above.


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

    Laugh, repeatedly!


    Any additional comments?

    These Wodehouse classics are a wonderful way to escape the realism of today's world. Even the most ridiculous characters are presented in a loving way. Wodehouse clearly liked all these people he created, and Jonathan Cecil clearly knows his Wodehouse!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Empty Copper Sea: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    Van Harder, once a hard drinker, has found religion. But that doesn't keep folks from saying he murdered his employer, Hub Lawless, whose body hasn't been found. To clear his name, and clear up the mystery, Van asks friend-in-need Travis McGee to find out what really happened. What McGee finds is that Timber Bay is a tough town to get a break in when you're a stranger asking questions. But what he also finds is that, dead or alive, Hub Lawless is worth a lot of money.

    Amazon Customer says: "A haunting story"
    "Miserable Meyer"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book, one of the later in the McGee series. The reader, however, is obviously unfamiliar with MacDonald's writing. The McGee is fairly well done, but the Meyer voice sounds as if he's a naive sixteen years old. A few of the female voices are indistinguishable from one another. Someone needed to do a bit of homework on the characters! I want to listen to the final McGee book (read it years ago) but with this reader I'm not sure I could take it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Empty Copper Sea?

    McGee's philosophizing about his personal miasma and then renewal.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Petkoff?

    I do not have enough familiarity with your stable of American readers (I generally listen to British fiction) to say. Maybe a resurrected Darren McGavin??? I wish!


    Did The Empty Copper Sea inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The McGee books are what they are. Now they could be criticized for sexism and ageism. But what the heck? Everyone has a bit of McGee hidden somewhere inside. And MacDonald wrote quite a few really good sentences.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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