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L. Brown

NYC editor 25 years.

Emeryville, CA | Member Since 2009

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  • 7 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 127 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • War and Peace, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (287)
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    (288)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Tad Davis says: "A long book, but at least the chapters are short"
    "Spectacular!"
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    Brilliantly read. You feel you are sitting in the drawing rooms of the Russian aristocracy and you are ready to join in the conversation. The excellent use of French to give the flavor of the Russian inferiority complex. I bought the paperback also. But reading it didn't compare to this audio presentation. Pierre and Prince Andrei come vividly alive with their own distinct personalities. I think Tolstoy would give this audio five stars. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Longbourn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jo Baker
    • Narrated By Emma Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (422)

    In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended.

    MP says: "Extraordinary book (even w/o Pride & Prejudice)"
    "So Clever"
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    Story

    Author does a nice job of bringing Jane down to the kithchen; good story telling in the tradition of you know who.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (2506)
    Performance
    (2228)
    Story
    (2247)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Couldn't Stop Listening--Fascinating"
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    I know a little about Wall Street and a lot about my 401K. This book sent chills down my spine. I had no idea such things were going on at Wall Street. Brilliantly explained by Lewis.
    I got it. A great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (345)

    Considered by some to be the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina contains two plots: the tragedy of Madame Karenina, in love with a man who is not her husband; and the story of Konstantine Levin, a sensitive man whose personal philosophy is Tolstoy's reason for writing about him.

    D. Littman says: "A classic, classically read"
    "Performance outstanding"
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    What did you love best about Anna Karenina?

    The richness of the setting. The parlor scenes. Listening to this marvelous recording transports you through time and space. The reader is outstanding.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anna Karenina?

    All of this book is memorable!


    What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

    A five star reading. May is so appropriate for this book. An amazing listening experience.


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

    I felt an extreme contact with historical figures; with May's reading they are vividly brought to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By E. H. Gombrich
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    E. H. Gombrich's world history, an international best seller now available in English for the first time, is a text dominated not by dates and facts but by the sweep of experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements, and an acute witness to its frailties.

    A.B.Oxford says: "an enlightening book; very well read"
    "Need another star for this book; five not enough"
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    Brilliant, accessible world history in an elegant nutshell. Perfectly done. From the beginning of the universe to modern day. Here are the people, the cultures, the philosophy
    of 3000+ years of history. Erudite, humane, no judgments made -- history pure and simple.
    Was written for his grandson but it's an adult read. A must read for those who like history and for those wondering what's it all about.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Peter Hessler
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (140)

    In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tracking how the automobile and improved roads were transforming China.

    BARRY says: "Excellent book and narration"
    "A gem of a book"
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    What a wonderful way to experience the culture of Chinese country folk who were catapulted into the modern day. How resourceful they were and so sorry to see these
    country people go modern. But they want TVs and useless goods just like the rest of us.
    Nicely written and characters interesting. This is a good read and a great introduction to the unsophisticated Chinese people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3260)
    Performance
    (2215)
    Story
    (2248)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "I need another star for this book; five not enough"
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    Why have I waited s0 long to read this American classic. This is not a love story, it is the South as we'll never know it -- how it was before the Civil War -- and how the yankee destroyed a rich American culture. Sure, Mitchell puts a pretty face on slavery -- but I believe that the African American became a part of the family. And yes, Thomas Jefferson had a child by one of his slaves, but who knows what really happened. Could there have been love there. Can't assume this rich southern culture was all evil. It had it's good points, on which Mitchell only has scratched the surface. A wonderful read. A gripping story with the characters symbolic of the old south. Richly drawn. The performance is superior. No wonder this book won the Pulitzer Prize. Positively a brilliant, mind-blowing experience to listen to the reading -- even if you have seen the movie five times.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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