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Jane

Erstwhile librarian and tech salesperson. Favorite genres - history, biography, and mystery.

Minneapolis, MN, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Andrew Carnegie

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Nasaw
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
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    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    The Scottish-born son of a failed weaver and a mother who supported the family by binding shoes, Andrew Carnegie was the embodiment of the American dream. In his rise from a job as a bobbin boy in a cotton factory to being the richest man in the world, he was single-minded, relentless and a major player in some of the most violent and notorious labor strikes of the time. The prototype of today's billionaire, he was a visionary in the way he earned his money and in the way he gave it away.

    Peggie says: "Andrew Carnegie"
    "Eye-Opening!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this story because in encompasses the history of late nineteenth and early twentieth century America.

    Andrew Carnegie was, in some ways, a pathetic, silly little man who was extremely lucky. He was always in the right place at the right time and knew how to use his luck. He stole from his workers, his country, and his business partners and managed to get away without paying his dues.

    His life shows the tragedy of the American Dream. He succeeded, but at what cost to others?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Andrew Carnegie?

    The saddest part of the book, and the most moving, was Carnegie's attempts to affect American politics, specifically his Peace initiatives. I am a big supporter of peace movements, but reading about Carnegie's efforts, I just thought how out of touch he was with the current state of world politics. The author conveyed the sadness and ridiculousness of Carnegie.


    Any additional comments?

    The author did a wonderful job of enlightening us on the current world based upon Carnegie's life over 100 years ago without any over politicizing. This is a great book....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1225)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1061)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "How did 3.5 million people fall for this......"
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    Great title but I can’t find much that is agreeable or interesting about this book. The first half was maybe o.k. but it kept going on, and on, and on. I love to read mysteries by European authors for a view into different cultures, but this one really doesn’t do that. There is very little in the way of atmosphere, the characters are either boring or unbelievable, and the reader is annoying. The author doesn’t know how to write either a mystery or a police procedural. Some reviewers have excused the book for being a poor translation from the German - maybe so but there is no excuse to publish it, let alone spend the money to make it an audible book.

    I hate to be so negative, so I will say that the reader has a very agreeable voice. But he is totally wrong for this book. He is so matter-of-fact that he lessens whatever foreboding or atmosphere there might be, and, most importantly, he has no business doing any of the voices of the characters. The women’s voices all come out whiney, or silly, and the men all sound sad and weak. The already unlikeable characters are made even more so.

    I hope there are better German mystery writers than this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
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    (410)
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    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "The Best!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Society's Child the most enjoyable?

    Besides the interesting and heartfelt stories, Janis singing parts of her songs was unbelievably wonderful. I grew up with these songs and it was great to hear what lead to her writing them. I also just loved listening to her voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Society's Child?

    There were so many great moments! The one I enjoyed the most was her story around the writing of "At Seventeen".


    What about Janis Ian’s performance did you like?

    Although Janis Ian had some awful things in her life, her telling of her story is always humorous, her reading of it makes it even more so. Her sense of humor in the good times and the bad times is amazing.


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

    I did stay up until I finished it in one day.


    Any additional comments?

    For you boomers, this is a must. For anyone else, it is still a must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Obituary Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ann Hood
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (350)
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    (346)

    A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras.... On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, a young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless but secure marriage or to follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover, who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

    Kathi says: "Parallel stories of love and loss"
    "Not "sophisticated and suspenseful'"
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    What would have made The Obituary Writer better?

    This was very formulaic. Some original thoughts may have helped. If you are looking for a good read in the family or women's genre try Anne Tyler.


    Has The Obituary Writer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    What didn’t you like about Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    Her voice was way too girlish, I should have taken that hint and not bothered with this.


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

    Disappointment. The review led me to expect much more.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Asha Bandele
    • Narrated By Myra Lucretia Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (3)
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    Acclaimed memoirist and poet Asha Bandele writes a startlingly honest work of fiction. Miriam Rivers tries to give her daughter Aya a good life, but also keeps her at an emotional distance. One tragic night while Aya is taking a jog, she is mistaken for a robber and shot. With her daughter fighting for her life, Miriam must open up and let herself face the feelings of the past and the present.

    Tina says: "TMoore - Denver Colorado"
    "Expecting more...."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader was fine, the book was trite. It took serious racial, social, economic and political issues and made them into something less than soap opera. I expected much more. I also expected prose that was closer to poetic than pedantic...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Jane Austen Education

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Deresiewicz
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (191)
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    An eloquent memoir of a young man's life transformed by literature. In A Jane Austen Education, Austen scholar William Deresiewicz turns to the author's novels to reveal the remarkable life lessons hidden within. With humor and candor, Deresiewicz employs his own experiences to demonstrate the enduring power of Austen's teachings. Progressing from his days as an immature student to a happily married man, Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man's discovery of the world outside himself.

    Cookie says: "A real joy!"
    "Much better than you would think from the title..."
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    Would you listen to A Jane Austen Education again? Why?

    This book was very clear and easy to digest. I will listen to it again when I want to feel better about the world. The author does a great job of combining really great criticism of Jane Austen's works, the history of her life and historical period, and how it relates to his own life.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Locked Room: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    A young blonde in sunglasses robs a bank and kills a hapless citizen. Across town, a corpse with a bullet shot through its heart is found in a locked room - with no gun at the scene. The crimes seem disparate, but to Martin Beck they are two pieces of the same puzzle, and solving it becomes the one way he can escape the pains of his failed marriage and the lingering effects of a near-fatal bullet wound.

    Old Hippy says: "Great puzzler, another good Nordic noir tale!"
    "A classic!"
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    Would you listen to The Locked Room again? Why?

    I already listened to this twice, it is so dense with characters, humor, plot details, environment, and commentary on the Swedish state. I will definitely listen to this again in a year or two because it is so great.


    What other book might you compare The Locked Room to and why?

    This is one of the best of the series by the authors. If you like Michael Connelly or Ed McBain, you will love this!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eighteen Acres: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nicolle Wallace
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    From the former communications director for the White House and current political media strategist comes a suspenseful and smart novel about the first female president and all dramas and deceptions she faces both in politics and in love. Eighteen Acres, a description used by political insiders when referring to the White House complex, follows the first female President of the United States, Charlotte Kramer, and her staff as they take on dangerous threats.

    Pam says: "I liked the second book better"
    "Lame"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't want to insult anyone by suggesting that they would enjoy it.


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

    If not for the reader, who was very pleasant, I would never have finished this book.


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

    Anger that anyone would publish this silly book, sadness that I paid for it and wasted my time listening to it, disappointment that this wasn't some juicy, guilty pleasure read that I was expecting. This was a sad soap opera with nothing redeeming about it. The only original idea the author (?) had was that the majority of political leaders were women. So what? No one really had any political thoughts (other than some sad Republican cliches) and no one conducted business as women. The author should be ashamed of herself for this drivel.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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