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  • Winter in Madrid

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Gordon Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    Winter in Madrid is set just after the bloody Spanish Civil War, with World War II looming over Europe. Reluctantly, Harry Brett looks for an old schoolmate who's become a person of interest for British intelligence.

    Annie says: "realistic characters in historical context"
    "Needed to erase from my memory."
    Overall

    As a fan of CJ Sansom and historical novels, I purchaed the not-yet-reviewed, "Winter in Madrid." I haven't read very many books about the Spainish Civil War and looked forward to an interesting and complex story. Historically accuate or not, the novel is filled with wholly unlikeable and pathetic characters. By the end, unscrupulous Sandy was the only sympathetic character. I forced myself to finish this long, dismal novel. I was left with such a "bad taste in my mouth" I immediately started, "Inherent Vice," by Thomas Pynchon to erase, "Winter in Madrid," from my memory.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (203)

    From the incomparable David Rakoff, a poignant, beautiful, witty, and wise novel in verse whose scope spans the 20th century. Through his books and his radio essays for NPR's This American Life, David Rakoff has built a deserved reputation as one of the finest and funniest essayists of our time. Written with humor, sympathy, and tenderness, this intricately woven novel proves him to be the master of an altogether different art form. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish leaps cities and decades as Rakoff sings the song of an America whose freedoms can be intoxicating, or brutal.

    Brooks says: "Stunning Farewell"
    "So different from my usual selections."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was uncertain at first because the reading was a little uneven. However, by the end of the audio, including the interview , I am a fan of David Rakiff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Helen Thorpe
    • Narrated By Donna Postel
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Soldier Girls follows the lives of three women on their paths to the military. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home.

    Constance says: "Healing and Insightful"
    "Essential account from women who were deployed."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Soldier Girls puts both wars and our military involvement in human terms. It is triumph and tragedy. I hope the twenty something's will read this book to gain insight into the distance between those making life and death decisions and those who carry them out. Also the reader had the right tone for the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John Medina
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (185)

    In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

    Daniel says: "The standard fare for brain science"
    "Very enjoyable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Informative and easy to understand. For all my fellow baby boomers a positive and instructive listen. I highly recommend to all ages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Epstein
    • Narrated By Alex Epstein
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    For decades environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet by every measure of human well-being, from life expectancy to clean water to climate safety, life has been getting better and better. How can this be? The explanation is that we usually hear only one side of the story. We're taught to think only of the negatives of fossil fuels, their risks and side effects, but not their positives.

    Michael says: "A Hugely Important Book"
    "Vital information."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After listening to this audiobook, I understand the human cost of the anti-fossil fuel movement. I believe in protecting our environment and have always tried to be "green." I can now make better and informed choices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Aaron Klein, Brenda J. Elliott
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    Tens of millions of Americans sense there is something very wrong with the president of the United States, but they don’t know what. The Manchurian President answers that question. In writing this exhaustively researched book Aaron Klein, with Brenda J. Elliott, definitively exposes just how dangerous Barack Obama really is as America’s commander-in-chief.

    I love audiobooks says: "Bill Ayres IS dangerous."
    "Bill Ayres IS dangerous."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Manchurian President rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Top ten percent.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    President Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers.
    On Oct 20, 1981, fugitive members of the Weather Underground shattered the peace of Rockland and surrounding counties when they shot and killed a Brink's guard in an armed robbery of $1.6 million. Then at a road block, they shot and killed two Nyak police officers. To ensure a fair trial, the venue was moved to Orange County. During their trial, they repeatedly disrupted the proceedings by shouting anti-US slogans, proclaiming to be "at war" with the government. I lived in Orange County at the time of their trial. Almost thirty years later, I have a vivid memory of their hate of America. These are the people that Bill Ayers was most closely associated. Can we blithely dismiss his connection to President Obama?


    Any additional comments?

    Clear, concise reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Stonecutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Camilla Läckberg
    • Narrated By Eamonn Riley
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The remote resort of Fjällbacka has seen its share of tragedy, though perhaps none worse than that of the little girl found in a fisherman's net. But the post-mortem reveals that this is no case of accidental drowning…. Local detective Patrik Hedström has just become a father. It is his grim task to discover who could be behind the methodical murder of a child both he and his partner, Erica, knew well. He knows the real question - and answer - lies with why.

    jacqueline says: "Bad writing and bad narration"
    "Yuk!"
    Overall

    The Stonecutter's beginning suggested a gripping mystery. The set up of plot and MAIN characters assured me of a good "whodunnit." Then one unlikeable and unnessessary character after another was added. The storyline veered from a mystery to how many despicable acts can people commit. I really felt disgusting after finishing this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sweetness in the Belly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Camilla Gibb
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    When Lilly is eight years old, her pot-smoking hippie British parents leave her at a Sufi shrine in Morocco and inform her they will be back to collect her in three days. Three weeks later, she learns they've been murdered. Lilly fills that haunted hollow in her life with intense study and memorization of the Qur'an under the patient care of the Sufi saint's disciple she was entrusted to.

    Ciara says: "Bittersweet Tale"
    "thought provoking"
    Overall

    I recommend this book to people who are looking for something different. I grew up during the time-period of the story and now look at the past events in a different light. Also, the Islam described in this book is a peaceful religion. I grew tired of the lead character, but I highly enjoyed the story, writing, and reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The English American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alison Larkin
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (356)

    When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "Fun, fun, fun!"
    Overall

    Normally, I avoid books read by the author. I'm glad I made an exception in this case. Sometimes, I just want a funny, easy to listen audio. However, if it's not well written and read, it's just annoying. I will listen to this one again on a long car ride with my daughters.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1858)
    Performance
    (1177)
    Story
    (1178)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "Just couldn't finish it."
    Overall

    I thought there was a mystery involved. I could have enjoyed it if there was some character development. However, it failed on both accounts

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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