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Judy

Washington, DC, United States

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  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (201)

    No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

    BB says: "A rich and entertaining history"
    "Wonderfully written history of a pivotal time"
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    Great story which more than stands on its own. No need for the annoyingly exaggerated rendition of the character's voices.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Keith Lowe
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    The end of the Second World War in Europe is one of the 20th century's most iconic moments. It is fondly remembered as a time when cheering crowds filled the streets, danced, drank and made love until the small hours. These images of victory and celebration are so strong in our minds that the period of anarchy and civil war that followed has been forgotten. Across Europe, landscapes had been ravaged, entire cities razed and more than thirty million people had been killed in the war.

    Christopher says: "Better in print?"
    "Just the facts and figures"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a book for readers interested in a recitation of the number of buildings destroyed in a given locality in Europe, the number of people displaced, and general acknowledgements that the war really disrupted people's lives. While the book sprinkles in quotes from people saying that the destruction was terrible, they weren't given enough context to care about them at all.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Keith Lowe again?

    No. I prefer books that tell a story through the eyes of its participants.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    I have listened to the Ken Follett books narrated by John Lee and enjoyed his narration but this book was a terrible fit for him. The book is simply boring and having a very dramatic narrator like Mr. Lee is absolutely jarring.


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

    Disappointment and frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bruce Levine
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    The J. G. Randall Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois and associate editor of North and South magazine, Bruce Levine presents a gripping chronicle of the cultural and economic upheaval the South experienced during and after the Civil War. Drawing upon a treasure trove of diaries, letters, newspaper articles, and government documents, Levine offers a unique perspective on the old South's demise through the voices of those who lived through the conflict.

    Steve says: "Merely ok. . ."
    "Fascinating read"
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    I have read many books about the civil war and it becomes harder and harder to find books that address the period from a new prospective. This book, written from the southern point of view felt wholly new and fresh, and did a excellent job of describing the complex and varying viewpoints of its different constituencies. The narrator did a wonderful job of conveying these voices.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Martin Goldsmith
    • Narrated By Martin Goldsmith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    In the spring of 1933, more than 8,000 Jewish musicians, actors, and other artists were expelled from their positions with German orchestras, opera companies, and theater groups. Later that year, the Jüdische Kulturbund, or Jewish Culture Association, was created to allow Jewish artists to perform for Jewish audiences.

    Judy says: "An honest and beautiful memoir"
    "An honest and beautiful memoir"
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    I've read a lot of history books and memoirs about the holocaust, and this memoir written and narrated by the son of survivors saved by their musical talent is a beautiful, very loving and respectful tribute to the author's parents. At the same time, the author conveys a very honest human story of their lives that does not gloss over questionable decisions and complicated motivations.

    The author's narration was fine, but because of his distinctive voice and long service as the host of Performance Today, National Public Radio's daily classical music program, I kept expecting him to break from the story and introduce us to a Beethoven symphony. But that is a very small price to pay for such a beautiful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hope: A Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Shalom Auslander
    • Narrated By Shalom Auslander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (67)

    The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way.

    Tan A. Summers says: "Darkly humorous and a little disturbing"
    "Quirky"
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    This unusual novel is DEFINITELY not for everyone. It is a story, written in first person, of the son of wannabe holocaust survivor who (the son, not his mother) discovers Anne Frank (now an old lady) living in his attic. It is written as a bit of a "shticky" monologue that is hilarious at times, but often over the top as in: was it over the top? Why did I say it was over the top? I don't really know. Sometimes I think I liked it but other times I was't so sure. And how could I be expected to know..... and so on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laurie Sandell
    • Narrated By Maggie Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    In December 2008, the world watched as master financier Bernard L. Madoff was taken away from his posh Manhattan apartment in handcuffs, accused of swindling thousands of innocent victims - including friends and family - out of billions of dollars in the world's largest Ponzi scheme. Madoff went to jail; he will spend the rest of his life there. But what happened to his devoted wife and sons?

    Lynn says: "Not about Madoff About His Family"
    "Horrible!!"
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    This is a book about Catherine Hooper (the girlfriend of Bernard Madoff's son Andrew), her incredible brilliance, resourcefulness, and all around "fabulousness". The narrator reads the story with the breathiness appropriate for a romance novel when talking anything Catherine. Her tone changes to one of utter disgust whenever discussing Mark (Bernard Madoff's other son who committed suicide) or Mark's widow Stephanie. I guess the narrator was directed to do so because Catherine's doesn't like them (?) but it is very disconcerting. Do not buy this book if you are looking for insight into the Madoff scandal or the Madoff family (as I was). I stuck with the book to the end hoping to find a bit, but it provides none whatsoever. On the other hand if you are interested in learning about how wonderful Catherine Hooper is, this is the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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