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Elizabeth

Fort Johnson, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Sutton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. R. Moehringer
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men.

    Jen says: "wow WOW wow W0W w0w!!!!"
    "a dissappointment"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know


    Has Sutton turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dylan Baker’s performances?

    Possibly


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

    The last


    Any additional comments?

    Started out to be interesting than just became a downer. Did not like the ending

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2314)
    Performance
    (1690)
    Story
    (1688)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "an honest depiction of a troubled time"
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    Where does In the Garden of Beasts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very near the top


    What other book might you compare In the Garden of Beasts to and why?

    Larson's The Devil in the White City which is an all time favorite. Both read like a novel but give you so much exposure to accurate historical events..


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Hoye – was your favorite?

    I never felt that the narrator was any character but rather telling a true story about many flawed individuals.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The night of a killing in Germany when so many individuals lost their lives and then the spin put on it by Hitler. It seemed it was then that the German people were won over to Hitler' and his rationalization that he was defending and protecting the Fatherland against the enemies in their midst. Then injustice turned into something of a civic duty to the new and vibrant German spirit and the victims (the Jews) became a forgotten and reviled group with no particular face and to whom there was no particular allegiance.


    Any additional comments?

    This book depicts the subtle growth of evil which is not fully understood until it is too late.
    It gives a good picture also of the fallibility of those in power who often do the expedient thing ie FDR.
    Dodd is also a good example who in many instances is genuine in his effort to fulfill the duties of his job but aware he cannot be blind to the injustice that is taking place.
    Martha comes across as a foolish young woman and all the Dodd family as a whole seems to me to be socially anti-semitic in their readiness to accept the norms of the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1726)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1418)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Don't enjoy the reader being both sexes"
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    What did you like best about The Marriage Plot? What did you like least?

    The story was interesting but don't enjoy hearing a reader perform both male and female parts.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Inevitable


    Did David Pittu do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Addressed above


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy being able to do things while listening to a good book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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