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Bebe the Terrier

Chicago USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 4 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 258 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The Eighty-Dollar Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Letts
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (431)

    November 1958, New York. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.

    eddie says: "When will this story become a movie"
    "Recalls an era just before big $$$ = success"
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    This is a great horse story with lots of interesting history. It was just about the time when prices for show jumpers were beginning to climb. However, a determined equestrian with a good eye could have a fighting chance. As a horse-crazy child in 1960s Chicago, the highlight of the year was the big horse show at the International Amphitheater. Show jumping was a big part of it. Chicagoans will recognize some of the names mentioned in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (295)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    Jennifer says: "A Masterpiece on All Counts"
    "Kind of a yawn"
    Overall

    I usually like novels that promise to go deep into the minds of the characters and don't mind if there isn't much action. I can't say why exactly but for the first time ever for an audiobook, I quit this one after a few hours. Maybe I quit too soon but I didn't care much about any of the characters and they certainly weren't doing anything remotely interesting. I had trouble keeping my mind on the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trick of the Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jane Stanton Hitchcock
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Trick of the Eye is a suspenseful novel in which artist Faith Crowell, a painter of illusionary images, is hired by a wealthy New York society matron to repaint the ballroom of her Long Island mansion. When Faith learns that the woman's daughter had been murdered years ago and that Faith herself strongly resembles the dead girl, she becomes obsessed with finding the truth about the past.

    KATHY says: "Another Must Listen!!!!"
    "A treat of a read"
    Overall

    Like all of Ms. Hitchcock's characters, the ones in this book are so well-developed that I really I cared about what happened to them. The plot is very twisted, which makes it a brilliant read. As with all of her books, the setting is interesting and the story is engaging right from the start. I always learn something, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Dangerous Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jane Stanton Hitchcock
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    Jo Slater has it all. The queen of Manhattan society, she has dealt successfully with a tricky period in which she lost her husband, her fortune, and her reputation. But she bounced back, and now, newly single in the greatest city in the world, there is not a cloud in the sky.

    Mary S says: "Funny and Funny!!!"
    "One Classy Author"
    Overall

    I read Ms. Hitchcock's most recent book, Mortal Friends, first and enjoyed it so much that I went back and read all of her books. This book follows Social Crimes and it's best -- but not necessary -- to read that before One Dangerous Lady. I loved learning about the New York social scene, which is presented in a way that isn't all about designer labels and wretched excess. Rather, there is much focus on eleemosynary activities. The murder mystery has myriad twists and turns, keeping the reader up late at night turning pages. The characters are very well-developed and I really cared what happened to most of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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