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Angie

Alvaton, KY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Daniel Mark Epstein
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    In 1974 the historian Fawn Brodie predicted that a "sensitive study of the Lincoln marriage will not always defy biographers". Until now, it has. The only book-length treatment of the marriage was published in 1953, when scholars lacked today's resources and were still struggling with deep-seated prejudices about Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln. Now Daniel Mark Epstein has produced an incisive and balanced portrait of the Lincolns.

    Elizabeth says: "Fascinating!"
    "Wonderful but stopped at assassination"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wish the author had continued to follow Mrs Lincoln after the assassination. I was looking so forward to that and was greatly disappointed at the abrupt end. She was so flawed that I knew after the President's calming influence had ended she would have been even more of a hellcat as her detractors described her.


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

    I enjoyed his narration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Diana B. Henriques
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history? These questions have fascinated people ever since the news broke about the respected New York financier who swindled his friends, relatives, and other investors out of $65 billion. Many have speculated about what must have happened, but no reporter has been able to get the full story - until now. Diana B. Henriques of the New York Times has written the definitive book on the man and his scheme.

    Reed says: "The second act is just as interesting as the first"
    "The best of 3 madoff books"
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    Where does The Wizard of Lies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to the whistleblower's book and the daughter-in-law's memoir & now The Wiz of Lies. The other 2 books were good - whistleblower's was very good - but the Wiz of Lies is the best. It gave a very overall, balanced look at madoff & explained complicated concepts so that the general public could understand them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (560)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "They Might Be Scum, But they were German Scum"
    "Loved it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Black Cross the most enjoyable?

    It took me back into history while engrossing me in an amazingly satisfying tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stern - complex and mysterious


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I thought his reading and accents were great. However several major characters have similar sounding names - that is the one complaint I have about this book. It took awhile to distinguish the similar sounding names. But that's not the narrator's fault.


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

    Engrossing story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7450)
    Performance
    (6486)
    Story
    (6476)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Loved it!"
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    What did you love best about The Witness?

    Mystery & romance combined! I don't usually read romances but this was awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    Great thriller

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lifeboat: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlotte Rogan
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband, Henry, across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found.

    Amazon Customer says: "Lord of the Flies on the Water"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Where does The Lifeboat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very intriguing . It kept me wanting to learn more.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (490)

    As a Roman trader grieves over a lost slave woman, he begins to learn about the faith that gave her enough strength to face death.

    Susan says: "Very well done!"
    "Love Francine Rivers!"
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    If you could sum up An Echo in the Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, uplifting, informative. It actually teaches as it entertains.


    What other book might you compare An Echo in the Darkness to and why?

    This is the 2nd Francine Rivers book I have read & enjoyed both. But the first was the best - Voice in the Wind.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    Of course the disfigured slave girl was my favorite.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (1231)
    Story
    (1207)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "Good story - mediocre narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I like the characters & plot. The only drawback was the narrator didn't differentiate between granddaughter & grandmothers voices which was a bit confusing because they change without announcing the change.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4176)
    Performance
    (3590)
    Story
    (3569)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Very very good"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Kill Shot to be better than the print version?

    It had just the right number of characters to keep up with audio. Too many & it gets jumbled. Fast moving - I liked it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was great and caught me from the beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: A Novel of Tudor England Introducing Matthew Shardlake

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C. J. Sansom
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (706)

    This riveting debut set in 1534 England secured C. J. Sansom’s place “among the most distinguished of modern historical novelists” (P. D. James). When Henry VIII’s emissary is beheaded at an English monastery, hunchbacked lawyer Matthew Shardlake is dispatched to solve the crime. But as he uncovers a cesspool of sin, three more murders occur - and Matthew may be the next target.

    Grcla says: "Very good"
    "I recommend this book."
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    What made the experience of listening to Dissolution the most enjoyable?

    Very original story. Liked the protagonist. I enjoy historical fiction and this one is unlike any other. It doesn't go into too much detail of the politics of the times which is ok with me because I'm a big Henry VIII reader so I already knew all that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's originality.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Room With a View

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By E.M. Forster
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    Set in Italy and England, this is a rich and romantic story of Lucy Honeychurch and the choice she must make between love and convention.

    Jefferson says: "More Funny, Beautiful, and Moving than the Movie"
    "A classic so it requires patience"
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    What did you like best about A Room With a View? What did you like least?

    I found myself looking at an online study guide for this book to explain what is going on. Once I got into it, it's fine but moves at a leisurely pace. It spends a long time on some subjects but the most important parts go by quickly so pay attention or cheat with a study guide.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good but not great.


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

    Love Wanda and I have heard her read other books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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