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Linda

Lakeland, FL, United States

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  • 52 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (442)

    Jay Gatsby is still in love with Daisy, whom he met during the war when he was penniless. Having made himself wealthy through illegal means, he now lives in a mansion across the bay from the home of Daisy Buchanan, who has since married for money. Holding on to his illusion of Daisy as perfect, he seeks to impress her with his wealth, and uses his new neighbor, Nick Carraway, (our narrator), to reach her.

    Tad Davis says: "Didn't realize how good this was"
    "Good story"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Great Gatsby the most enjoyable?

    It was a story that kept the reader interested. Not boring


    Any additional comments?

    Not bad, short, easy listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6916)
    Performance
    (4881)
    Story
    (4870)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Graphic and painful story of Slavery"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Kitchen House to be better than the print version?

    I could only listen to this book a little at a time, and only got half way through. So much brutality in graphic detail of the slaves and the sexual abuse of the Plantation owners young child by a white man. So many people die, slaves, plantation owners children. There's also rapes etc. I could not finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3098)
    Performance
    (1785)
    Story
    (1809)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Liked!"
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    Would you listen to The Fountainhead again? Why?

    You have to enjoy Ayn Rand's style to enjoy her books. Not for everyone. I personally enjoyed this story as was all Atlas Shrugged.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isle of Palms: A Lowcountry Tale, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dorothea Benton Frank
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Dorothea Benton Frank is a treasure of American letters with numerous New York Times best-sellers to her credit and a portfolio full of critical acclaim. “Mixing high drama and high jinks” (Booklist), her third Lowcountry novel follows the fortunes of the dysfunctional Abbot family. Looking to set her life aright, Anna Lutz Abbot returns to her South Carolina lowcountry hometown. And as she attempts to right past wrongs, Anna receives help and support from a quirky cast of lovable locals sure to endear themselves to listeners.

    Linda says: "Funny1"
    "Funny1"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The author is funny and serious at times. Book was great. Really enjoyed the story. Easy listening to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ulysses S. Grant
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (123)

    Among the autobiographies of great military figures, Ulysses S. Grant’s is certainly one of the finest, and it is arguably the most notable literary achievement of any American president: a lucid, compelling, and brutally honest chronicle of triumph and failure. From his frontier boyhood, to his heroics in battle, to the grinding poverty from which the Civil War ironically rescued him, these memoirs are a mesmerizing, deeply moving account of a brilliant man told with great courage.

    Robert says: "What makes a great commander?? Read this book"
    "Civil War account only"
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    Would you try another book from Ulysses S. Grant and/or Robin Field?

    No, This was a book about the Civil War, not his autobiography. The book ends at the end of the civil war. He recounts each battle of the civil war, chapter after chapter. At first it was interesting, but it was the same thing over and over.


    What could Ulysses S. Grant have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Wrote his autobiography, not recount battle after battle of the civil war.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robin Field’s performances?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It was not a memoir of his life. Very disappointing.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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