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Deborah

Bedford, Indiana, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    From tales of chivalrous knights to the barbarity of trial by ordeal, no era has been a greater source of awe, horror, and wonder than the Middle Ages. In handsomely crafted prose and with the grace and authority of his extraordinary gift for narrative history, William Manchester leads us from a civilization tottering on the brink of collapse to the grandeur of its rebirth, the Renaissance.

    Wallen says: "Ruined by the narrator"
    "Well, I liked it"
    Overall

    Well, I liked it. Learned a lot of historical tidbits and smiled a lot. Disagreed with a couple of things, but an author's has a right to his or her opinion. Excellent narrator.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Red River

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lalita Tademy
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    For the newly freed black residents of Colfax, Louisiana, the beginning of Reconstruction promised the right to vote, to own property, and, at the very least, control over their own lives. However, in the space of a day, angry whites took back Colfax in one of the most brutal incidents of racial violence in Southern history. Now, in the bitter aftermath, the Tademys and the Smiths will have to deal with the wreckage, push on, and build a better life for their sons and daughters over the next 70 years.

    Deborah says: "Stilted, painful for the listener"
    "Stilted, painful for the listener"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Lalita Tademy’s story?

    Stilted narrative, most of which was done in third person. The narrator did a fine job, but can't overcome the book's glacial pace. Charitably gave it two points for the subject matter. I liked Cane River, but not this one. I wish I could get my credit back.


    What does Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked her, but she couldn't save this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (781)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "So tedious and so poorly narrated"
    Overall

    I tried! I tried! So help me, I tried to listen to the book and enjoy it. It is sooooooooo boring, repetitive, so tedious that it repulses. The narrator is good reading straight text but poor doing characterizations. Then there's Ayla, the superwoman. She's so wonderful that it makes your teeth ache. Skip wherever you can. You won't miss much.

    40 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl of China

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anchee Min
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    An internationally best-selling author, Anchee Min draws upon her Chinese heritage to pen lush historical epics. Here she transports listeners to the Far East for a fictionalized account of acclaimed author Pearl Buck’s youth. Arriving in late 19th-century China with her missionary parents, Buck is soon fascinated by her new home and strikes up a friendship with a young Chinese girl named Willow. The two become inseparable, even as civil war, failed relationships, and world conflicts threaten all they hold dear.

    Lesley says: "Utterly Fascinating"
    "Wonderful book"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book. It drew me in, and made me feel that I was there in China with them. P.S. The narrarator, Angela Lin, can really sing!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Brian Greene
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (435)

    There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space.

    C. Schmidt says: "Engrossing"
    "Miss It"
    Overall

    My review title says it all, and, no, I don't have to respect the math. Dr. Greene has a slight lisp that occurs infrequently, but frequently enough that it drove me nuts.

    6 of 87 people found this review helpful
  • The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James McBride
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Lainie Kazan
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    James McBride recalls his confusion as a black child of a white mother, the hardships of his childhood, and his own flirtation with drugs and violence, in the struggle to make peace with his own identity. Performed by Andre Braugher and Lainie Kazan, this extraordinary and best selling memoir offers a special reflection on race and identity, a beautiful tribute to a mother from her son.

    Tanisha says: "Worth the audible yearlong subscription"
    "So good."
    Overall

    I loved the book, and the narrators were excellent. My heart ached for the mother, but cheered as she triumphed by love. A widow with twelve children, but such boundless energy and faith!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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