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  • Tuscan Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (238)

    A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

    Ashley says: "Such a beautiful listen...."
    "A Lovely Read/Listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but this was a book where the characters made such an indelible impression that I was enchanted. It was beautifully written, impeccably narrated and, despite its length, didn't last long enough.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development and the personal view of history in Italy before and during World War II.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    Rosa, of course, but most of the recurring characters are well-drawn.


    If you could take any character from Tuscan Rose out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Luciano. Just to have a look.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    How did America become “one nation, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, Winchester follows in the footsteps of America’s most essential explorers, thinkers, and innovators. Introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.

    Andy says: "deserves seven stars"
    "Fascinating with Amazing Detail"
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    Would you listen to The Men Who United the States again? Why?

    Yes, there is so much interesting information contained in this book, that a second or third read wouldn't be out of the question, just for all of it to register.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Men Who United the States?

    The account of the Lewis and Clark expedition.


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

    Not applicable.


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

    It's not that kind of book, although it's full of chuckles.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Drew Westen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    In politics, when reason and emotion collide, emotion invariably wins. In this landmark book, scientist and psychologist Drew Westen shows how electorates vote not with their heads but with their hearts, and how the marketplace that matters most is the marketplace of emotion - filled with values, images, analogies, moral sentiments, and moving oratory.

    Hayden says: "Revealing"
    "Political Junkie Food for Thought"
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    Like "What Happened to Kansas" and "Don't Think of an Elephant," this book examines why the Republican party has been so successful in its messaging and why Democrats have not. How and why people vote against their economic interest is fascinating - if you are a political junkie. Warning, although the book skewers Democrats for their ability to communicate with voters, it is written from someone with a leftist bent.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Went to Vassar for This?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Naomi Neale
    • Narrated By Stephanie Brush
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    After a TV dinner explodes in her microwave, modern New York City girl Cathy Vorhees wakes up in 1959. Mortified to find herself living the life of uptight Cathy Voight, office tyrant and recipe creator, Cathy bravely tries to "relax and enjoy my psychosis" with the help of her nifty '50s flatmates Tilly and Miranda, who think she's suffered an electric shock.

    Mary says: "It was a fun read"
    "A Guilty Pleasure"
    Overall

    Okay, the book involves time travel, is utterly implausible and quirky, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It's definitely a "chick" book, but with an appealing heroine who learns a great deal about herself and the world during her improbable journey back in time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Quammen
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    In September 1838, a young Englishman named Charles Darwin hit upon the idea that "natural selection" among competing individuals would lead to wondrous adaptations and species diversity. Twenty-one years passed between that epiphany and publication of On the Origin of Species. The human drama and scientific controversy of that time constitute a fascinating, tangled tale that illuminates this cautious naturalist who sparked an intellectual revolution.

    J B Tipton says: "Darwin portrait."
    "A Wealth of Information"
    Overall

    Even if you don't know much about Charles Darwin or his theory of natural selection, you will enjoy this audio book. Written in a conversational tone, it traces Darwin's life from just after his time on the Beagle to the end of his life and details how he came to write what is arguably the most influential book in history on evolution. I highly recommend the book and its reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13274)
    Performance
    (5704)
    Story
    (5776)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Touching and tender"
    Overall

    This story of a veterinary student who loses everything and joins a circus is told through the eyes of a young man and the old man he becomes. It is a touching and tender story of love and loss, richly drawn with characters you'll remember long after you finish the book. The readers - one young, the other old - are exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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