Delighted to discover Secretary Albright narrated the book she authored. Interesting, detailed account of the period, the politics, that part of Europe. Her personal experiences, observations, connections added a richness that provided a nice break from facts.
If I'd been reading the hard copy I would have sat in a chair and not gotten up till I'd finished it. But, I'm glad I chose the audio version -- the two narrators were perfect and I felt as though Sarah & Handful were telling me their stories. Between my iPad and iPhone, I listened to it at home and in the car, once forgetting an errand because I was so into the story. In the last chapter the author narrates the background for her coming to this story -- it's being based on real Charleston sisters, Sarah & Angelina Grimke, who lived in the early-mid 19th century. Ms. Kidd weaves a compelling story of their lives as southern children, daughters, women -- women of conscience, women who evolve, along with a Grimke slave, Handful, who is about Sarah's age. Her mother sets an example for Handful of finding ways no matter one's situation, to value one's self and to take risks that are just and right. An excellent book, an excellent audio book!
Loved his narration. Well done weaving together of story of Tony Danza's life along with his experience teaching an English honors class at a inner city Philadelphia high school. Love his humor, his willingness to share his foibles along with his successes, his efforts to be a worthy teacher, his insights on education.
While the humor in the first few chapters wasn't for me, I'm glad I continued to listen. Great narration, insightful sharing of his interesting life, poignant moments, and told so that I smiled and laughed.
For the first half -- 1.5 stars; at the end -- 3.5 stars. A definitely quirky book, but the 2nd half kicked in for me, and had me thinking about it after I'd finished.
Secretary Albright writes long books, but then, she's had such an interesting life and has a lot to share. Which she does -- her young life, her juggling of life as a working mother, her progression through several government positions, particularly as a woman in the later half of the 20th century, her experiences with so many in our government and leaders around the world, her observations, involvement, and thoughts on many world events.
Love the audio option because of her narration. She's just great in telling her story with humor and in a straightforward style. Having heard her speak at the Madeleine Albright Institute at Wellesley College, I highly recommend attending her talks, whenever possible.
Well researched, organized, balanced, and articulated book telling of the life of L Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, his family, the genesis, evolution, and beliefs of the Church of Scientology, and the lives of many within the church including well known celebrities. The Epilogue is worth listening to/reading more than once.
Nora Ephron reads several of her essays. I laughed out loud during a few while quietly enjoying others. Her narration lacks expression, which sometimes added to the humor, sometimes was flat. She expressed herself beautifully and it was a worthwhile listen.
While the narrator's style fit the personality of the main character, the lack of expression left me feeling that Harold's journey was tedious and depressing. The story was interesting at times, and it was beautifully written, but a pretty unjoyous life for each of the characters.
Alternating chapters narrated by the authors. Excellent sharing by these 3 men who met as boys in Newark, NJ area, of their stories of the difficulties of growing up in the black neighborhoods, finding their way, one step at a time, eventually through education, to The Pact that led them each to become doctors who now live in and give back to that same community. None of them had a straight or easy path, but they supported each other, had some helpful mentors, and a lot of inner strength. I noticed this book at our library website as part of a town-wide reading selection. Glad I listened to it and heard these stories.
Very well written and interesting history of Americans in Paris from 1800's-early 1900's -- artists, doctors, authors, politicans. Well done narration as well.
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