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carol

louisiana | Member Since 2008

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  • 39 reviews
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  • 467 titles in library
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  • Silent Spring

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rachel Carson
    • Narrated By Kaiulani Lee
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (143)
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    (146)

    First published in 1962, Silent Spring can single-handedly be credited with sounding the alarm and raising awareness of humankind's collective impact on its own future through chemical pollution. No other book has so strongly influenced the environmental conscience of Americans and the world at large.

    Kenneth says: "Ahead of her times..."
    "If you are a baby boomer, you MUST read this!!"
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    while the info is dated, and many of these chemicals are now banned--because of this book!!--those of us who grew up in the 40's-60's MUST read this. i am 56 and both my mother (who is 90) and I are now suffering from debilitating diseases which were definitely caused by my father's insane over-use of chloridane in that time period. he died many years ago of a stroke and other diseases which are directly related to these now-banned pesticides. these chemicals remain in our system and have probably also affected our children and their children! what a legacy our government left us in its selfish, self-serving, special-interest-guided efforts. does anyone know of a parallel book written since this one?

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Summer Queen: Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Chadwick
    • Narrated By Katie Scarfe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
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    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Eleanor of Aquitaine's story deserves to be legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over 800 years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before, unveiling the real Eleanor. Young, golden-haired and blue-eyed Eleanor has everything to look forward to as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine.

    Sara says: "The Romance Runs Strong in This One"
    "A different view of Eleanor of Aquitaine"
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    Enjoyed immensely. Good story & performance. Beautiful voice. Looking forward to next in series-Winter Crown. Will read more from Chadwick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amy Alkon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (216)

    We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

    G. House Sr. says: "Hilarious and a Direct Hit - Must Listen"
    "Fun listen"
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    Lots of chuckles. Hit on current 2014-15 social issues. Not a miss manners guide! good advice. Did not especially like reader's voice or intonation. She droned & timing was off. Glad i listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Tarzan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (120)
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    (50)
    Story
    (53)

    Tarzan had renounced his right to the woman he loved, and civilization held no pleasure for him. After a brief and harrowing period among men, he turned back to the African jungle where he had grown to manhood. It was there he first heard of Opar, the city of gold, left over from fabled Atlantis. It was a city of hideous men - and of beautiful, savage women, over whom reigned La, high priestess of the Flaming God. Its altars were stained with the blood of many sacrifices. Unheeding of the dangers, Tarzan led a band of savage warriors toward the ancient crypts and the more ancient evil of Opar.

    Nelson says: "Amazing Book"
    "Pedantic. Repetitive action line."
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    Read this series as a child. This book slow & too predictive & had threads that were too unbelievable-as if Tarzan wasn't unbelievable enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End: Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (203)

    When 22-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the poorest section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood's most vivid chronicler. Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End is the last book in Worth's memoir trilogy, which the Times Literary Supplement described as "powerful stories with sweet charm and controlled outrage" in the face of dire circumstances.

    Jan says: "Hated to see it end..."
    "Wonderful story beautifully told."
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    So nice to have call the midwife wrapped up. Great characters who truly were an inspiration & salvation to so many.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Curse: Cousins' War, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (269)

    Regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VII's claim to the throne, Margaret Pole, cousin to Elizabeth of York (known as the White Princess) and daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to a steady and kind Lancaster supporter - Sir Richard Pole. For his loyalty, Sir Richard is entrusted with the governorship of Wales, but Margaret's contented daily life is changed forever with the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon.

    Linda Lou says: "A DISAPPOINTING ENDING TO AN GOOD SERIES"
    "So enjoyable. More!"
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    Storyline & storytelling wonderful. More please!
    It is as if i am there except for the smells. Hate to finish her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady of the Rivers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (733)

    Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "Philippa back on track"
    "Love this series"
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    The cousins' war series is wonderful. Have listened to it many times & always note something I must have missed before. Characters develop & change & grow. Hope she writes more series like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19796)
    Performance
    (13821)
    Story
    (13715)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Most wonderful!"
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    This series allows you to live in another world as if you are the time-traveler yourself. If you love history, strong personalities, a bit of romance, humor, and a dream state for many hours, this is for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4334)
    Performance
    (4043)
    Story
    (4026)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Good sequel."
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    Enjoyed all but briana's experiences in Scotland b4 her trip back. Skipped those parts second time i listened. Good twists & turns. Die-hard fans of the series will love being part of the family again. If these continue, please let Claire age gracefully and not continue her sexual insatiability! Those of us of the same age know this is abnormal & comes out as contrived. More personal interaction & less sex please. It is tiring!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1836)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1646)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "great book; great tv series"
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    watch the series on tv and read the book. you will enjoy both more. these women worked so hard. we have it so good and don't realize it or appreciate it enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Kristin Kimball
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (259)

    Single, 30-something, and working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to 500 acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him.

    Roberta says: "That's what organic farming is all about"
    "fun and easy to listen to"
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    lots of fun to listen to if you are a country life person. if you can't appreciate bad weather, hard work, good dirt, crazy animals, and total exhaustion at the end of the day, forget this book. if any of that is appealing, then this is a great book for you. living on a small farm, i empathized and sympathized and laughed and cried.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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