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Connie

Okemos, MI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • An Unmarked Grave: A Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    In the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic spreads, killing millions of soldiers and civilians across the globe. Overwhelmed by the constant flow of wounded soldiers coming from the French front, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford must now contend with hundreds of influenza patients as well. However, war and disease are not the only killers to strike. Bess discovers, concealed among the dead waiting for burial, the body of an officer who has been murdered.

    Kathleen says: "A Nurse Bess Crawford mystery"
    "Great narrator"
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    What did you love best about An Unmarked Grave?

    Charles Todd creates the physical & emotional aspects of his characters so well. His stories transport me to another time & place,


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (342)

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
    "A great story of courage, inspiring for any age!"
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    Where does Nancy Wake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My husband and I brought this book along on our 1000 mile trip with my 87 year old parents. We couldn't wait to get on the road after our rest stops to find out what happens to Nancy. The story was truly inspirational, the reader was easy to understand and her accents and characters were spot on. There aren't many books that I can listen to that interest my husband (a history buff) and my parents (the WWII generation). This was great. This book is in my top 10 list.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nancy Wake?

    The solo bike ride through Nazi-held country was a physical and mental ordeal. I can't think of many people who could have accomplished this.


    What about Stephanie Daniel’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is clear and her style fit the atmosphere of the book, from funny moments to the ordeals of warfare - equally wonderful.


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

    Nancy Wake's life was amazing full of life and death and every emotion in between.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this amazing story. I did some research while we were listening to this book which added to our admiration of this woman and all those who struggled against the Nazis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2580)
    Performance
    (2217)
    Story
    (2205)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    barbara says: "Stunned"
    "This reader is amazing!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a wonderful mystery as well as a look into the hard times of Irish society. Broken Harbor is a housing development gone bust...but also the people are broken in many ways. The reader shifts from character to character in a very believable voice. The pace never slows down and I return to the book with anticipation every time.


    What about Stephen Hogan’s performance did you like?

    I love the reader's voice, inflections, and interpretation of the characters. Absolutely amazing.


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

    An atmospheric who-done it with two interesting detectives - as entertaining as Inspector Lewis and and Sargent Hathaway, Holmes and Watson.


    Any additional comments?

    I will look for more books by this narrator. I love Tana French as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2100)
    Performance
    (1351)
    Story
    (1359)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    Bronwyn Soell says: "One of the finest audiobooks I have heard"
    "Maybe a great book, hard to follow the narrative"
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    What did you love best about Wolf Hall?

    I always love to read about the intrigue of the British monarchy but this is too hard to follow.


    Would you recommend Wolf Hall to your friends? Why or why not?

    My husband is reading this book on his IPad and I am listening to it on my IPad. We both find it hard to follow because the different characters are not easily identified when they are speaking - more the style of writing than the fault of the reader.


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

    No


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2099)
    Performance
    (1828)
    Story
    (1829)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Medical mayhem"
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    If you could sum up Destiny of the Republic in three words, what would they be?

    Who would think that by placing his dirty finger in the wound of President Garfield, a doctor first on the scene would change history. I gained a new respect for this humble mm who became president. Unfortunately, crazy, unstable people continue to kill public figures.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Garfield's wife was a strong, noble character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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