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Louise

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Dorothy Parker

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marion Meade
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    She was known for her outrageous one-liners, her ruthless theater criticism, her clever verses and bittersweet stories. But there was another side to Dorothy Parker, a private life set on a course of destruction.

    Heimo says: "heartbreaking and hilarious"
    "HUH!"
    Overall

    Witty, Clever, Fascinating, Funny, Intelligent, Complicated... I could go on and on - these are some of the things that Dorothy was - and all the things that this book isn't.
    How does someone write so unemotionally and without any sympatico for her subject?
    I was looking for more - I was sadly disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2343)
    Performance
    (1715)
    Story
    (1714)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "Wake me when it is over"
    Overall

    THis is a fascinating subject - one that has intrigued me for 50 years. I could not wait to get this to listen to on my commute. True story - different and new angle - just fascinating.
    The problem is I am falling asleep. The narrator is the most boring voice (human - or computer) that I have ever had the displeasure to have to hear. It makes it difficult to know if the book is also boring - but I doubt it. My husband bought the hard copy - I give up on the audio and will try the hard copy and let you know.
    Two things - listen to the narrator before you buy
    and
    SOMEONE- authors, publishers - Find narrators with a little - just a tiny ounce of expression.
    Hours trying to listen to a person that makes you want to pour hot wax in your ears....not good!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17876)
    Performance
    (13722)
    Story
    (13667)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Too funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tina is the funniest, the best - someone you want to have many dinners with - I laughed out loud.
    We need more TInas in this OH SO serious world!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (509)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    R. S. Herron says: "The key word is 'fiction'"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I was unable to listen for more than an hour - I really tried -but the narrator was so modern and inappropriate sounding that I just could not listen. The book is narrated by Carol Bilger and it is like listening to Shakespeare read by a surfer chick from California. It was so far away from the period - so sappy sounding - What a disappointment - I will never buy another book without listening to the sample.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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