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Frances

Berkeley, CA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David Halberstam
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (591)
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    (149)
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    (149)

    Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter changes that. Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures.

    Doug says: "Almost as good as The Best and the Brightest"
    "Compelling history of the Korean War"
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    David Halberstam is one of my favorite authors. His descriptions of the Korean War battles powerfully portray the experiences of the soldiers that fought in that war.

    If you like this book, I would also recommend Halberstam’s The Children, about the struggle for civil rights. Unfortunately I did not find this available on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pardonable Lies: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Winspear
    • Narrated By Orlaugh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (309)

    In the third novel of this best-selling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful WWI memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's death.

    mary says: "please find someone else to narrate."
    "Entertaining mystery series"
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    I have become intrigued by World War I, reading many non-fiction books on the subject. The Maisie Dobbs series provides an entertaining perspective on the impact of World War I on a generation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (677)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Love Dogs & fun mysteries - this is for you"
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    I love dogs and mysteries, so this is right up my alley. It is a lightweight mystery told from the dog's perspective. Based on my experience with canine friends, the author has nailed a dog's point of view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (1259)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (696)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Amazing history of challenging times"
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    I am fascinated by histories of challenging times and of cataclysmic events. Therefore this book is one of my favorite listens. If you like this book, I would also recommend Simon Winchesters’ Krakatoa and David McCullough’s The Johnstown Flood

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (166)

    Atlantic is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Spanning the ocean's story, from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and overfishing, Winchester's narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring.

    Andy says: "a whale of a book"
    "Couldn't finish this one"
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    I loved Simon Winchester’s Krakatoa and thought I would like this as well. Unfortunately I found it unfocused and didn't like the first few stories. I usually finish books I start, but I abandoned this one early on. Maybe it gets better further into it?

    Simon Winchesters voice is a delight to listen though.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1063)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (762)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "Not one of his best books"
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    David McCullough’s books have been some of my favorite listens. This, however, was not one of them. I stopped listening part way through. I was not engaged by the stories of the individuals he choose to portray.

    The narration is good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (308)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "Engaging story of a catastrophic event"
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    David McCullough's description of the flood and different individual's experiences is captivating. The narration is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    The legendary annihilation in 1883 of the volcano-island of Krakatoa (the name has since become a by-word for a cataclysmic disaster) was followed by an immense tsunami that killed nearly 40,000 people. Beyond the purely physical horrors of an event which has only very recently become properly understood, the eruption changed the world in more ways than could possibly be imagined. Dust swirled round the world for years, causing temperatures to plummet and sunsets to turn vivid.

    rwise says: "Great subject, great writing, great voice"
    "Wonderful voice for this fascinating story"
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    Where does Krakatoa rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is definitely one of my favorites!


    What did you like best about this story?

    If you like histories of cataclysmic events you will like this book. I enjoy the historical context and the connections that Simon Winchester makes while telling this story.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Winchester’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His voice is a pleasure to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7271)
    Performance
    (2055)
    Story
    (2041)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Reney says: "Be careful with logical leaps"
    "One of my favorite listens"
    Overall

    Very thought provoking. I enjoyed this book immensely. The author's voice is very easy to listen to.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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