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BookWorm620

Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Eleanor Bron
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (91)

    First published in 1905, the House of Mirth shocked many by its candour. Lily Bart moves in the shallow, new-moneyed class of New York society in which men make the money and women spend it. There amongst the glib diversions of the newly rich, she seeks a husband who can not only maintain her in this charmed existence, but can also provide unstinting admiration.

    Catherine says: "Wonderful"
    "Enjoyable listen, but frustrating Herione"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The House of Mirth to be better than the print version?

    I found them both equal


    What other book might you compare The House of Mirth to and why?

    If you liked Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country then you would probably enjoy this as well. Or even Portrait of a Lady. Because it involves the same time period and the same look at wealthier social customs.


    Which character – as performed by Eleanor Bron – was your favorite?

    I think she voiced the main character Lily's voice in an inviting and charming way, which is perfect for her character. She makes people love her while she is with them, and her voice draws people in.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, while I did enjoy the tale as a whole I found the main characters motivations for self sabotage ill explained aside from absolute stupidity, and yet the author goes to great lengths to show her as very intelligent so it just baffled


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Annabel Pitcher
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    To 10-year-old Jamie, his family has fallen apart because of the loss of someone he barely remembers: his sister Rose, who died five years ago in a terrorist bombing. To his father, life is impossible to make sense of when he lives in a world that could so cruelly take away a 10-year-old girl. To Rose's surviving 15-year-old twin, Jas, every day she lives in Rose's ever-present shadow, forever feeling the loss like a limb, but unable to be seen for herself alone.

    Caitlin Dixon says: "Excellent narration"
    "Perfect Narration Makes You Love the Story"
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    The narrator's Scottish accent is extremely clear and understandable and he has a boyish charm that brings young Jamie to life in such a wonderfully believable and honest way. He tells the story with such inflection and feeling that you really feel every comic and heartrending note.

    The story itself was very good and has enough truth and surprises in it to feel very real and yet remain entertaining. Some of the villains were a bit one dimensional but since it is told from the point of view of a boy that is 10 I thought that made sense. When you are that age things are often seen in a simpler way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13901)
    Performance
    (12271)
    Story
    (12299)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Listening is better than reading this one"
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    I had started this story in book format but just couldn't find time and my friend kept insisting so I started the audio and for the first time I enjoyed the audio better than a book. Literally could not turn it off!

    Now the writing is great, the characters so rich and different, and you never know where the story is going even though it is content to let you think you do...
    but the voice acting in this is p h e n o m e n a l!

    The first person narrative is shared between Nick and his wife Amy, and to me its seems these actors really knew the story inside and out and truly though about what their characters personality and emotional state before they recorded this. I have downloaded alot of audio books in the last year and many books have been pleasantly read to me but this was like an audio play and it made the whole book flow like a movie in my mind.

    Now let me just say this. Keep going with the story until you get to the second part. You will know you are at the second part because they will literally say Part 2. There were a few times I got frustrated with the story because I though I knew were it was going. I Didn't...
    If its not your cup of tea even after you get to part 2, then feel free to stop listening but I would give it at least that long.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Graham Hancock
    • Narrated By Peter Reckell
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    Using tools as varied as archaeo-astronomy, geology, and computer analysis of ancient myths, author Graham Hancock presents a compelling case to suggest that the story of mankind is far older than we have previously believed. And as the truth about prehistory and the real meaning of ancient myths and monuments is revealed, it becomes apparent that a warning has been handed down to us: a terrible cataclysm that afflicts the Earth at irregular intervals of time may be about to occur.

    Roger says: "Too short"
    "Abridged Version Tempts and Teases"
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    I encourage you to get this version even though it is a crime to try and abridge this work. It is still pleasant to listen to and though the jumping around can be a bit jarring it will give you a good overview of the very large work it represents. If you find yourself interested then I encourage you to get the real book for a thorough read. It is engaging and well footnoted and can be found very cheaply since it is an older work. If you can I would try to find the most recent version from around 2001. The authors text remains the same but he has changed many appendixes and footnotes to better represent current research and info.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Civilization Enigma: A New Inquiry into the Existence of Ancient Cities, Cultures, and Peoples Who Pre-Date Recorded History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Philip Coppens
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    Are history books giving us the whole story? Or is civilization far more complex and for older than we have been taught? Our school textbooks barely mention the 6,000-year-old Sumerian civilization, yet the latest archaeological findings at sites such as Jericho, and most recently, Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, have been dated to 10,000 BC. Civilization goes back at least another 10,000 years, if we are willing to believe what our ancestors themselves claimed.

    Joseph says: "Large parts of history are still unknown"
    "Mostly complaining with no good details"
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    I share the authors views that established archeology will go to great lengths to ignore anything that challenges established dates and theories. However with this book I was disappointed that rather than give voice and analysis to these ignored theories he spends almost the entire first 5 chapters constantly whining about all the archeologists who have ignored or debunked alternate theories. I have to admit I stopped listening after the 5th chapter. It makes no sense to me to give these "bad guys" more of your attention than the supposed theories they attacked. I was looking for solid analysis and facts and never found any that were thoroughly pursued. Any factual line always lead to more recriminations. For readers like me who are interested in facts I would suggest Graham Hancock's Fingerprints of the Gods. They only have the abridged version in audible but its nicely narrated and you will definitely get some solid information out of it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (1673)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (842)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "Enthralling Narrator"
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    I had seen the Roots miniseries many times growing up and I have to say I enjoyed the audio version ten times more. I have always loved James Earl Jones voice and thought it would be nice to have him as a narrator but I was unprepared for the excellent way he devoted his talents to telling this story. His voice acting is unparalleled.
    He creates and maintains a different voice for over a dozen characters and sometimes as many as 6 are talking in the same conversation and you know exactly who is saying what because of his efforts. His female characters are just as authentic sounding as the male ones. The only downside is that after listening to this all subsequent fiction narration has fallen very flat for me, and I have been purchasing more non-fiction titles.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (102)

    In this informative and lively series of lectures, renowned history professor Thomas F. Madden serves as the ultimate guide through the fall of ancient Rome. Professor Madden correlates the principles of Roman conduct that would forever change the world. Rome was an empire unlike the world had ever seen, and one that will likely never be duplicated. Peopled with personages of great distinction and even greater ambition, the Roman Empire contributed many of history's proudest advancements.

    Greg says: "Good general survey, a lot of names."
    "Excellent Coverage"
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    If you like documentaries or enjoy talks on historical topics then all of the Modern Scholar series is for you. This particular series is excellent coverage of such a wide topic. Not getting lost or sidetracked, but also not so wide an overview that you feel you missed out.

    Professor Madden is well versed and an interesting speaker, who occasionally searches for a word or loses a thought, but who wouldn't if you were talking for hours. I think other reviewers have been way too harsh on him.

    I especially love his unbiased approach to history. A lot of this, and other lectures of his has to do with early Christianity, and its many schisms. I cannot tell you if he is a Protestant, Catholic, or Atheist, and I cannot tell you how rare this is with history professors. Their attempts at an unbiased presentation are usually so blatantly an "attempt" and their talks are very colored one way or another. After 4 lectures I haven't been able to pin any view point on him and while this may not matter to other listeners, this has really made me trust his information a great deal.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.

    Amy M. Walts says: "Perfection!"
    "Perfect Story for Listening"
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    Since this is an Autobiography being narrated to you by the actual king himself it is the perfect setting for the audiobook format. However even though David Chase is an excellent reader, he was a miscast for this particular story.
    His voice is perfect for inserted comments of the aged Will Sommers, and other characters. However due to the raspy, 10 cigarettes a day quality his particular voice does not sound as if the King is reading his own biography, and thus dampens the experience somewhat, but not enough to make it unenjoyable.
    The story is superb and engaging, and raspy voice aside David Chase is a good narrator and so I would definitely recommend this as an audio book that will bring you many entertaining hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Biography: Moses (Parts 1 and 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By A&E Television Networks
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Here is an examination of the complex soul of the prophet Moses who, when called by God to save his people, overcame his doubts and fears and defeated the most powerful man in the world, the Pharaoh of Egypt.

    B. Bartlett says: "Bible Study"
    "Worth the Price"
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    I love listening to these episode of Biography more than actually watching them. While the story of Moses definitely merits 2 parts, I was disappointed to find they didn't make good use of it and repeated a bunch of information in the second part. So much so I checked to make sure I wasn't re-listening to the end of part 1.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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