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  • Coolidge: An American Enigma

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Sobel
    • Narrated By Charles Bice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Sobel instead exposes the real Coolidge, whose legacy as the most Jeffersonian of all twentieth-century presidents still reverberates today. Sobel delves into the record to show how Coolidge cut taxes four times, had a budget surplus every year in office, and cut the national debt by a third in a period of unprecedented economic growth.

    Ann says: "Reappraised"
    "Informative Look at Not-Well-Publicized President"
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    If you could sum up Coolidge: An American Enigma in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting because tepid.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Coolidge: An American Enigma?

    His handling of various strikes during his time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    References to his integrity and unflappableness


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

    Just enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    Fascinating to not only learn about him but the era in which he lived.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12397)
    Performance
    (8311)
    Story
    (8352)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Wow! Have Even More Respect for WWII Soldiers!"
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    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    Eye-opening. Riveting. Blessing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relating of all the details of these incredible WWII events with no holds barred and with great reverence for the soldiers' courage and creativity. And I know this is just one of thousands of similar expressions of bravery, solidarity, and commitment during WWII. And I am sure other wars..


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

    In short, made it come alive. I actually found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, or stopping what I was doing (like washing dishes) just so I could listen even more attentively.


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

    Younger generations, read this book!


    Any additional comments?

    Laura Hillenbrand has once again written a book that absolutely enthralled me. What a writer! Yes, the subject certainly lent itself to an absolutely riveting read. But her telling of the story, the details, the soldiers personal reflections, how the experiences affected them etc., etc, etc. I could go on. I simply found this a "must read" for those who want to experience what true courage and creativity is.In a huge way, it has to be due to her writing ability that I've been on the edge of my seat both in this book and in "Seabiscuit." I'd read her grocery lists if I could!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3604)
    Performance
    (2073)
    Story
    (2087)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Takes the Gravity Out of Graves!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Stiff the most enjoyable?

    Quite enlightening without making me shudder. Just about the time I'd think I might find it hard to listen to certain details, the author adds sensitive humor, I'd laugh, and continue on reading.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    A subject that could have been rather sickening was made to be fascinating, enjoyable, and even downright humorous at times.


    Have you listened to any of Shelly Frasier’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any other Frasier's narrations. But in this book I found it excellent and very appropriate. Made the "reading" of the book on this subject even more enjoyable and tolerable.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The diverse uses of dead people. Found the info about the historical views of dead bodies, cremation, and embalming particularly fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    Made me want to eat more healthily so I won't be available for use for awhile!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress - Pax Britannica, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jan Morris
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    The Pax Britannica trilogy is Jan Morris’s epic story of the British Empire from the accession of Queen Victoria to the death of Winston Churchill. It is a towering achievement: informative, accessible, entertaining and written with all her usual bravura. Heaven’s Command, the first volume, takes us from the crowning of Queen Victoria in 1837 to the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The story moves effortlessly across the world, from the English shores to Fiji, Zululand, the Canadian prairies and beyond. Totally gripping history!

    Wolfpacker says: "Great Vignettes, Good Overall Story"
    "Surprised Me When I Enjoyed This Book So Much!"
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    What did you love best about Heaven's Command?

    Informative without being tedious. Covers a lot of territory in an easily understandable way. Felt like I got an excellent, overall view of the time period. Can be doing something else and still get a lot out of this. Easier to understand than I would have imagined.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it focused on one area of the world at a time and then another area. And then draws it all together. One gets a real feel of what was going simultaneously in the world.


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

    Intonations and paragraph breaks excellent. Inclusion of footnotes was seamless and very helpful and informative.


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

    No, cause I wouldn't have had the time. Glad I listened to it a little each day so I could assimilate it.


    Any additional comments?

    If one wants to get a very interesting sense of this period in British history, I'd recommend this book. I wanted to learn about the subject and this book provided just what I was looking for. I thought it might be a tedious read and maybe I wouldn't even finish it. But I found it absolutely fascinating and can't wait to listen to the next two parts of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3688)
    Performance
    (1432)
    Story
    (1431)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "Yawn!"
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    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or David Sedaris?

    Probably not.


    What was most disappointing about David Sedaris’s story?

    Lackluster self-absorption.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not sure if was a distraction, but certainly offered nothing to entice me to keep plowing through.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Me Talk Pretty One Day?

    Probably wouldn't have published it.


    Any additional comments?

    Just couldn't get into this book at all. May try again during Lent.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Eleanor Herman, Peggielene Bartels
    • Narrated By J. Karen Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    King Peggy chronicles the astonishing journey of an American secretary who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 souls on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. Upon arriving for her crowning ceremony in beautiful Otuam, she discovers the dire reality: there's no running water, no doctor, and no high school, and many of the village elders are stealing the town's funds. To make matters worse, her uncle (the late king) sits in a morgue awaiting a proper funeral in the royal palace, which is in ruins.

    phillip says: "Long Live the King!"
    "Continents Merge Royally"
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    What made the experience of listening to King Peggy the most enjoyable?

    The unlikely happenstance that this real-life experience occurred. As an Audible book it was even more engaging because of the wonderful accents. Felt like I was there in the village.


    What other book might you compare King Peggy to and why?

    "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Shaffer and Barrows. Both are fascinating books, and must reads as Audible books. The narrators make one want to travel to the story locations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she led her council meetings. And getting for former king buried.


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

    Yes, if only I had that kind of time.


    Any additional comments?

    A delightful story that captured my interest even with the original synopsis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (394)

    Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

    K. Knutsson says: "Best book ever!"
    "Worthy of 10 Stars!"
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    What did you love best about Seabiscuit?

    The story and narration fully entrancing. Don't know how Hillenbrand did it, but kept me at full attentiveness through entire book. Thorough, engaging. Descriptions of Seabiscuit, owners, riders, horses, races, scenes, historical times - all perfect!. Learned much about not just Seabiscuit but horse racing, the sport during those times, and horses.


    What other book might you compare Seabiscuit to and why?

    Can't compare to others. Unique.


    Have you listened to any of George Newbern’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    One of the best narrators ever! Excellent enthusiasm, seriousness, emphasis, sentence and paragraph breaks. Felt like I was at a storyteller's convention. He was superb!
    This would be a good read in book form, but it's a MUST Audible book!


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

    The races themselves. Literally sat on the edge of my seat during each one. Felt like I was at the race. As enthusiatically engaging as current Triple Crown endeavors. Loved it!. Found it hard to stop listening to do other things.


    Any additional comments?

    Would put in my Top 10 Favorite Books list. Parents were married in 1937. This book particularly highlighted the Thirties which made book even more enjoyable. Kudos to Laura Hillenbrand! Would read anything she writes! Seabiscuit is a must read and makes a perfect Audible read! Thanks, Laura!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (494)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "Interesting and Informative Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Code Talker to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. Throughout my listening, tho, I kept wondering if I should stop and only read the printed version. I found the narration quite disconcerting, not the story subject, but the narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nez - because his life was fascinating. His life experiences, as a Navajo and a Code Talker, were full of joy, challenges, accomplishments, and deep appreciation. I valued how he always seemed to see the world, even during the war, through Navajo eyes. This, for me, added depth to his reflections. I also was intrigued by the fact that despite ill-treatment of the Navajo nation in his early life, he still was anxious and willing to serve his country. And did so significantly and proudly.


    What aspect of David Colacci’s performance would you have changed?

    Where do I begin? I felt like I was being read to as an adult might read to a child. And then there were constant misplaced word inflections, awkward sentence and syllable breaks, odd intonations in just relaying the story. I really can't enumerate just how many times I wanted to stop and read the printed version instead of listening. I kept at it because of the significance of hearing Navajo language orally. If it hadn't been for that I would have just stopped. I've listened to a lot of audible books and this, by far, was the most challenging narration I've listened to. I have not listened to other books narrated by Colacci. After my frustration with his narration I eventually looked up reviews; he seems to be highly praised as a narrator of other books. But I would strongly hesitate to listen to any other book narrated by him because of my very disappointing experience with his narration of Code Talkers.


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

    My only extreme reaction was to the narration, not the book or its subject matter.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to a sample before you buy the book. The printed version just might be a better read. But Nez refers to the Navajo language as an oral one so that may justify listening to this audible version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27345)
    Performance
    (13953)
    Story
    (14000)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "All round excellent!"
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    What did you love best about The Help?

    The story and performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    No one particular moment,


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Liked them all.


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

    Not necessarily. Didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent story line, great narration. All the narrators were great but I particularly like anything Cassandra Campbell does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4155)
    Performance
    (2689)
    Story
    (2717)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Excellent read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book. It was an extremely well-written and well-presented story which blended human interest and science superbly. It doesn't just focus on the science of the gene cloning, but interweaves it with Henrietta's life. One of the best books I've ever read.


    What other book might you compare The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to and why?

    Not sure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the author and Henrietta's daughter Debra go to find some the old medical records.


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

    No, because it is really a mind-boggling story, especially since it is true. Lots to absorb.


    Any additional comments?

    This book moved me, awakened me to a part of American medical history I never knew, and made me proud to think I got to meet Henrietta Lacks through this reading. Listening to it also inspired me to find more books narrated by Cassandra Campbell. Hearing her voice added immensely to my first Audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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