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Drizzella MO

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  • Angle of Repose

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (301)

    Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, and husbands and wives.

    Laurene says: "A magnificent novel, beautifully read"
    "Masterful writing; a great adventure"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys literary fiction. Stegner's language is vivid, startling, and inspiring. His story of a woman's experience in the American West as the nation changed from 1860s to 1890s is riveting. It's not the West of cowboys and Indians, but the scarcely frontier where mining corporations are trying to stake a claim. His commentary on life in the 1970s is also intriguing. Excellent work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stegner's language is the work of a master writer and storyteller.


    What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Bramhall's reading is the one problem I have with the story. He has to do a number of voices as well as narrate and his narrator voice is spot-on. It captures the character well. His female voices are disappointing and especially for Susan, the main character. His vocal interpretation suggests a weak, overly feminine, and submissive woman, while she is far from that. I would have preferred a stronger, less caricatured portray.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wouldn't suggest it; it's long! But I definitely wanted to know what would happen next.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kathryn Erskine
    • Narrated By Angela Jayne Rogers
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    In Mockingbird—a poignant gem by acclaimed author Kathryn Erskine—a talented young artist struggles to overcome a disability. Diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, 10-year-old Caitlin faces a range of social and emotional challenges. The unexpected death of her caring brother makes matters even worse, but will the memory of his words of wisdom and the help of a compassionate counselor be enough to enable her to connect with others?

    L. says: "Wonderful story of Healing"
    "Very touching and inspirational"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this wonderful story of a young girl with Asperger's who learns how to feel and what's important in the world. Insights for all of us to read and remember.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrative is skillfully crafted and leads us along with the main character, Caitlyn, on a journey of self-discovery.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Jayne Rogers’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to Rogers' performances before this, but I felt she captured the young character perfectly.


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

    The last few chapters of the book brought tears to my eyes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Dean Olsher
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    In The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker marries two of the subjects he knows best: language and human nature. The result is a fascinating look at how our words explain our nature. What does swearing reveal about our emotions? Why does innuendo disclose something about relationships? Pinker reveals how our use of prepositions and tenses taps into peculiarly human concepts of space and time, and how our nouns and verbs speak to our notions of matter.

    Miroslaw says: "Escaping the Cave"
    "Pinker is a genius, but..."
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    Where does The Stuff of Thought rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is a book that requires concentration. Pinker's discussion is highly technical, but very interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's nonfiction.


    What does Dean Olsher bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Clear, articulate voice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: A Way With Words Part III: Grammar for Adults

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael D.C. Drout
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (170)

    Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.

    Johanna says: "GREAT!!!! I learned and was entertained."
    "Professor Drout explains it all for you"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar the most enjoyable?

    Prof. Drout has a very engaging style and makes any subject he talks about easy to understand and enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful supplementary material for English students or anyone who wants to understand language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henry V: Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Mike Reeves, Phil Viner
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Peter Lindford, Terrence Hardiman
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Experience Henry V as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.

    Drizzella MO says: "the Shakespeare Appreciated series is outstanding"
    "the Shakespeare Appreciated series is outstanding"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to get the most out of Shakespeare. The commentary and its historical notes and explanatory comments open up the text to everyone. Particularly recommended for students who need to read Shakespeare.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Best to take it by chunks to digest the acts/scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish there were more Shakespeare plays in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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