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  • Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Catherine Bailey
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    Overall
    (32)
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    (25)
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    (25)

    Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just 100 years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliam's - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. This is the story of their spectacular decline: of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love; war heroism: a tragic connection to the Kennedy's; violent deaths: mining poverty and squalor; and a class war that literally ripped apart the local landscape.

    Robert says: "A blockbuster"
    "Black Diamonds: Pure Gold"
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    Well. If you love British History, especially the history which zeroes in on a particular family's life, then of course you will want to listen to "Black Diamonds."

    This is a well researched and intriguing presentation of the history of the Fitzwilliam family and their relationship to the industry which supported them and the thousands of colliers who lived to mine their fortune of coal, or "black diamonds." That the mining of coal allowed a lopsided advantage of privileged wealth to the gentry while exacting a heavy toll (both physically and financially,) on the miners, is revealed in an interesting and engaging way by the author, Catherine Bailey.

    By examining the rise and fall of the Fitzwillams, Ms. Bailey renders a good understanding of the economic relationship of English aristocracy and the people they employed while also fully coloring the manner in which industrial England transformed after the reformation of the ownership of the coal industry itself. Even with all the finely nuanced political and economic information which Ms. Bailey includes, it is never a dry read (or listen,) but a thoroughly gripping story of human trials, life and loves.

    One last word. I need to throw some well-earned accolades toward the narrator, Gareth Armstrong. His performance, in which he easily switches from some very specific regional accents and back to his "neutral" narrative voice, is 100% on target. His abilities, (even when wrestling with the flattened vowels of an American voice,) are beyond expectation and render a full spectrum of character and depth to the book.

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  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2292)
    Performance
    (1046)
    Story
    (1043)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Full Dark: 3 1/2 Stars"
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    "Full Dark, No Stars" is a great beach book.

    It's also a good listen while you take your daily exercise stroll through the town.

    Stephen King never writes a Bad Story, although some of the tales in this book are a bit irregular. As though they were written early in his writing endeavors, when Mr. King was developing his "voice."

    I got the impression he wanted to write a full-throttle gore and horror tale when he penned "1922" but his natural inclination to invest a character with humanity and pathos sometimes bled through, knocking the profile of the lead character somewhat off. But that mild inconsistency isn't fatal. You still engage with the storyline and hang on to see what happens. I could say the same irregularity in viewpoint and characterization somewhat applies to the other three tales in the compilation to a lesser degree, also.

    All-in-all, though, it's a good and interesting ride.

    But if you're looking for your next Stephen King excursion and haven't yet read/listened to "11/22/63" by King, I would recommend that "11/22/63" be your next King pick. Go for "Full Dark, No Stars" only when you've exhausted all the other offerings by Mr. King.

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  • Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Graham Nash
    • Narrated By Graham Nash
    Overall
    (178)
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    (164)
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    (165)

    From Graham Nash - the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies - comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.

    James says: "A Great Story for fans of the Hollies and CSN!"
    "Old Hippies Never Die"
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    What did you love best about Wild Tales?

    Can't say I actually loved anything in particular but I did like the recreation of the 60's and beyond music scene from someone who managed to stay aware enough to obviously recall most of it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Tales?

    I thought the serendipity of meeting the Everly Brothers on the street in England and talking with them after seeing them perform was intriguing. I guess that could never happen today with an aspiring musician and their heroes.


    What about Graham Nash’s performance did you like?

    It was nice hearing his actual enthusiasm when reading some anecdote that appeared to really touch him in some way.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll LIfe

    Relive the crazy, incredible fun without further damaging your liver!


    Any additional comments?

    I could have used fewer political advocations.

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  • Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Matzen
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (11)
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    (11)
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    (11)

    This fresh look at Hollywood's "Queen of Screwball," Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life on the side of a Nevada mountain in 1942. It also provides a day-by-day account of the struggles of Lombard's husband, Clark Gable, and other family, friends, and fans to cope with the tragedy. In effect, having just completed the first sale of war bonds and stamps in the nation following its entry into World War II, Lombard became the first Hollywood star to sacrifice her life in the war.

    Sudi says: "Carole, Reanimated"
    "Carole, Reanimated"
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    If you could sum up Fireball in three words, what would they be?

    Researched; Personal; Gripping


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

    Ms.Gilbert does read with enthusiasm.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I appreciated that Mr. Matzen fleshed out some peripheral players in the lives of Lombard and also Gable.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always felt I knew Carole; now I feel I know her better.

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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2992)
    Performance
    (2667)
    Story
    (2670)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "A Real Trip"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry the most enjoyable?

    The descriptive character building.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a road trip without the car.


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

    Well, what American doesn't love a British accent?


    If you could take any character from The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Harold, at the end of his trip.


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  • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Bayles, Ted Orland
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (117)
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    (115)

    Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing free will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.

    Inga Ladd says: "Amazing!"
    "Gets You Back into Art"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you needed to re-think your artistic endeavors, it would be recommended.


    Any additional comments?

    It might get you to pick up your paintbrush again.

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  • The Autobiography of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (165)

    Margaret George's novel brings into focus the larger-than-life King Henry VIII, monarch of prodigious appetites for wine, women, and song.

    Amy M. Walts says: "Perfection!"
    "Did George Meet Henry??"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Autobiography of Henry VIII the most enjoyable?

    The rich detailing of everyday life and capturing the essence of living in Henry's era really made the story as fully fleshed as Henry eventually became. You felt that Margaret George had been there and had supper with Henry many times, or could have been someone in his court.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the voice… the human (and often petty) qualities that Margaret George gave Henry.


    What about David Case’s performance did you like?

    I loved his performance. He could give even the feminine characters a believable quality without seeming forced or stilted.


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

    It did transport me back in time.


    Any additional comments?

    The author brought the era to life and did not rely on stereotypes from your typical school history books.

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  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Anton DiSclafani
    • Narrated By Adina Verson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age 15, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls' friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family's citrus farm - a world now partially shattered.

    Jess says: "Read this book!"
    "Not Enough Horses"
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    Would you try another book from Anton DiSclafani and/or Adina Verson?

    Hmmmnnn. Maybe. This had enough going on so that I listened to it all but there were times that I was working too hard to learn some element or aspect of the character in order to care about the character(s). And sadly, when I did learn something, it really wasn't all that sympathetic to the character. I thought Ms. Verson a good reader, especially for the narrator's personality.


    If you’ve listened to books by Anton DiSclafani before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first book by DiSclafani.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed any explication involving the horses but the horses were not really a main point in the plot, except that the riding camp/horses fit into the main character's personal likes/talents.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not. I'd had to give away some pertinent plot points to explain why but I can just say that the pivots that turn the plot are fairly non-relative to most peoples' lives and therefore sort of distant and unreachable.


    Any additional comments?

    I give kudos to anyone who finishes writing a novel. And points to DiSclafani for writing from the viewpoint of a teenage girl. I might give another book a try. But it will have to have some elements of day-to-day life which don't reach so far into the periphery of the weird and untypical.

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  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (291)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Breakfast with Buddha: A Tasty Treat"
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    Would you listen to Breakfast with Buddha again? Why?

    I would recommend it to others but I seldom listen to or read a book twice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Rinpoche. He was fully realized and quite believable as a wise and transcendent practitioner of the buddhist philosophy.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    I really liked his personalization of his accent/voice for Rinpoche.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the conclusion. It made sense.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a fun listen and also would make a great beach read or road trip listen.

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  • A Hundred Summers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (170)

    Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak. That is, until Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview. Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily's past: her former best friend and her former fiancee, now recently married - an event that set off a wildfire of gossip.

    L.W. says: "What a Memorable Summer Read"
    "Good Beach Read"
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    Where does A Hundred Summers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd place it about a third-of-the way down the reading list.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Some of the protagonists needed a forgivable flaw or too, perhaps.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the end, of course.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, but I am somewhat immovable when it comes to listening to books. It has to be a whopper of a story line to get me to really dive into being moved.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good enough read.... maybe a beach or rainy day read.

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