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Michelle

United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 304 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Annette Gordon-Reed
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings's siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson's wife, Martha.

    Dianne says: "Fascinating"
    "Exhausting!"
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    What disappointed you about The Hemingses of Monticello?

    This is the only book of about 25 that I have listened to from Audible that I was not able to finish. I enjoyed the subject and support Gordon-Read's agenda. But why does she have to preach little sermons after every little fact? What redundancy? What a berating she gives to the past players of history? Seeing as someone as great as Jefferson had fallen into sick attitudes about another race, I doubt that this author, if living in the same time and under the same circumstances, would have done any differently. Anyway, while listening, I felt like a teenager who is relentlessly being scolded by a parent for something they have not done. It was really unbearable. The narrator has a whiney voice that lines up with the berating author. I wanted the facts, not her overdone opinions. As a result I could not finish the book and am sorry for that.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Agincourt Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Joanna Hickson
    • Narrated By Catherine Harvey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    When her own first child is tragically still-born, the young Mette is pressed into service as a wet-nurse at the court of the mad king, Charles VI of France. Her young charge is the princess, Catherine de Valois, caught up in the turbulence and chaos of life at court. Mette and the child forge a bond, one that transcends Mette’s lowly position. But as Catherine approaches womanhood, her unique position seals her fate as a pawn between two powerful dynasties.

    Michelle says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I choose a historical novel for it's history in a living setting. I have read many such books - fabulous ones. This cannot be called historical. The entire tone of the books is modern through and through with some historical events and some period details. Having a modern feminist thinker protagonist in medieval europe didn't sit well. I became increasingly irritated with the lack of historical value and the anachronistic writing so that I could not finish beyond 1/4th of the book. I am sorry to have wasted the money and time.


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

    The narrator did a fine job.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1695)
    Story
    (1682)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Excellent!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an excellent historical novel. Wouk blends characterization with historical account skillfully and naturally. I have purchased War and Remembrance and am ready to begin listening to this sequel. Narration is smooth and easy to listen to. Thank you for making such books available.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3361)
    Performance
    (1815)
    Story
    (1847)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "A fine listen"
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    What did you love best about Lonesome Dove?

    This book is so very different from what I am used to, it is not really down my line. But it was narrated with excellence making one sense the personality of each character. The author developed good characterization, with some but not too much philosophizing. Rather down to earth and a bit violent. A bit too violent, but then the author excuses himself by having the characters in the book express astonishment. All in all, it was interesting and informative as well as pleasurable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New American Standard Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (89 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Foundation Publications
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    Since its completion in 1971, the New American Standard Bible has been widely embraced as "the most literally accurate English translation" from the original languages. Millions of people, students, scholars, pastors, missionaries, and laypersons alike, trust the NASB, learning from it and applying it to the challenges of their daily lives. Discover what the original text says, word for word.

    Ricardo says: "Good to Have Bible on Audio"
    "The Greatest Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to New American Standard Bible the most enjoyable?

    Reading the Bible is nothing new for me, however listening to it is a different experience. Before buying this audio version I listened to numerous narrators and this is the one I find the most pleasant. There are no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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