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Alice

Alice Roberta Matthews (Keith)

Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    This enchanting program collects some of the Yorkshire vet's favorite stories about one of his favorite animals, each tale as memorable and heartwarming as the last...

    Edward Anderson says: "Fascinating"
    "You will never tire of hearing these stories!!!"
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    If you could sum up James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories in three words, what would they be?

    Dog lovers dream


    What other book might you compare James Herriot's Favorite Dog Stories to and why?

    The Miss Julie Series by Ann B Ross because they are so entertaining that one can't stop listening


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Timothy – was your favorite?

    That's hard I like Tricky Lou? the rich ladies little overweight dog. But I am also partial to the Border Collie stories. They are my absolute favorite dogs to read about or to watch


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

    Yes!! And I started it over and listen 2 more times. I will listen again after I finish Herriots next book All Things Great And Small


    Any additional comments?

    I just love the narrator and his accents. I feel as if I have been to that part of the UK

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Light from Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (120)

    All good things, even laughter and orange marmalade cake, must come to an end. And in Light from Heaven, the long-anticipated final volume in the phenomenally successful Mitford Years series, Karon deftly ties up all the loose ends of Father Timothy Kavanagh's deeply affecting life.

    Mary says: "Parting Is Sweet Sorrow"
    "The Moutain Church"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes but I would remind them that this series is a slow moving story


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way Agnes helped Father Tim rebuild the membership of the church


    What about John McDonough’s performance did you like?

    I am used to his voice and feel comfortable with his portrayal of charaters


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

    Not really. Most of these books are comfortable but not action packed. I love the story and the characters and if it last over days or even a week it is ok. These are my soothing stories. No bad language no sudden horrors althought they do portray life


    Any additional comments?

    I did recommend it to a friend but she felt it was to slow moving and nothing really happened. But I am hooked on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (684)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "How slavery was rehashed for 100 after the war!"
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    Would you listen to The Warmth of Other Suns again? Why?

    Yes Because the story was told in a way that I could listen and not so painful as other stories on that subject was, but yet it was truthful. It was the experience of the average Afro American who didn't get hanged or caught by the Klan but yet was touched by what was going on around him.


    What other book might you compare The Warmth of Other Suns to and why?

    Maybe the story of the sisters the Delaney Sisters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought the Dr who drove from to Louisiana to Calif to escape discrimination, and found he could not get a motel in the western States, stood out for me because he didn't expect to feel the discrimination after he left the south.


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

    I have read other books which were more extreme and I could not finish the book. But this one told the story in a way that I could read it again. It could have been my Mother's story or my Father's story or any American Black leaving the South at that time.


    Any additional comments?

    I plan to give a copy of this book to my Grandson so he will know how the way was made for him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (899)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Elephant will become your favorite animal"
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    If you could sum up The Elephant Whisperer in three words, what would they be?

    Elephants South Africa conservation


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about the behavior of elephants in their real life not the circus


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

    No


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

    Yes and I continue to listen to it over and over


    Any additional comments?

    I want to know more

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dean Koontz
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (96)

    In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment. Whether chasing a tennis ball or protecting those she loved, Trixie gave all she had to everything she did....

    Amazon Customer says: "A very good read"
    "Good dog story"
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    Where does A Big Little Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I just love dog stories and Koontz is a good story teller


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

    This is a Koontz story for the family


    Any additional comments?

    I never read a Koontz book because I don't like that type of book. So I am glad at least I was introduced to this Top Novelist

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Julia Stands Her Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ann Ross
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In this episode, the graceful Southern lady’s impeccable manners are pushed to the brink. When she learned her philandering (and late) husband left behind a lover and illegitimate son, Miss Julia could have gotten nasty. Instead, she kept her cool, adding Hazel Marie and Little Lloyd to her makeshift family. But now rumors are surfacing that call Little Lloyd’s patrilineage into question. Has Miss Julia been duped?

    Alice says: "Another triumph of Ms Julia. More Laughs!!!"
    "Another triumph of Ms Julia. More Laughs!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Miss Julia Stands Her Ground to be better than the print version?

    Yes It's like listen to dramatized radio in the old days


    What other book might you compare Miss Julia Stands Her Ground to and why?

    The first book in the series


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

    She has a convincing southern accent of the upper class. She knows the blue collar accent and the Yankee accent


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

    I would if I could but I couldn't so it was great to get back to it. It is never too long. I love the two maylay scene in each book. I laugh out loud!


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to Ms. Julia so much until I have memorized them. I hate that because Ann Ross doesn't write them fast enough for me. I have recommended them to many friends who want a good laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: 10th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (264)

    Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago.

    J says: "Really meaninful stuff."
    "Not another story of the terminally ill!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tuesdays with Morrie the most enjoyable?

    I read Have a Little Faith first and I learned to love Mitch's story Otherwise I would have avoided the subject matter


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mitch who was so honest about his attitude which mirrors many of our attitudes about keeping up with our friends.


    Which character – as performed by Mitch Albom – was your favorite?

    Morrie who was transparent but not so pitiful. It wasn't painful to continue listening, coming from a cancer survivor


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

    An uplifting story of the terminally ill


    Any additional comments?

    I love Mitch Albom as the narrator. I'm waiting for his next true story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Mourning: A William Monk Novel #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (197)

    When the beautiful daughter of Sir Basil Moidore is stabbed to death in her bed, Inspector Monk and Nurse Latterly uncover a tale of shame and scandal that threatens to destroy a powerful London dynasty.

    gwennieg says: "A Dangerous Mourning"
    "LEARN THE OTHER SIDE OF VICTORIAN ENGLAND!"
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    Would you listen to A Dangerous Mourning again? Why?

    yes I do listen over and over to Monk and Pitt series


    What other book might you compare A Dangerous Mourning to and why?

    I recommend the whole series


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

    The great divide of the classes. The disrespect the upper class had for police


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

    Victorian England"s underside


    Any additional comments?

    I love Charlotte and Thomas Pitt as well as Hester and Monk for their portrayal of strong women

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Activist: Theodore Boone

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (98)

    Though he's only 13, Theodore Boone has spent more time in the courtroom than almost anywhere else, and there's always a new adventure waiting. After being falsely accused of vandalism and theft, Theo is happy to finally be out of the hot seat, once more dispensing legal advice to friends and community members, when an exciting new case demands his urgent attention.

    Amazon Customer says: "enjoyable for young and old."
    "Another winner from John Grisham!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Activist the most enjoyable?

    I was able to listen with my Granddaughter. It held both our attention


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The uncle was interesting. Of course Theo


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

    I liked his voice


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

    It was a good family portrait. The parents were a bit different in the way they raised their only child. It was funny how they repeated the same instructions daily.


    Any additional comments?

    I love all things John Grisham. The only ones I haven't read is the ones with subjects that make me uncomfortable And I know one day I will eventually read them all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Julia Delivers the Goods

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ann Ross
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    In this delightful tale by New York Times best-selling author Ann B. Ross, America's favorite senior citizen determines to reunite two troubled souls before it's too late. Miss Julia reckons Mr. J.D. Pickens is the key to solving all of Hazel Marie's problems, especially the female kind. But how can Miss Julia coax the savvy PI back to town - and back into the arms of her 40-something friend Hazel Marie?

    Mama C says: "Light Read"
    "The senior citizens best representative!"
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    Where does Miss Julia Delivers the Goods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is my favorite of all my audiobooks. I have read them all (Listen to them all) I am waiting on the next 2 to come in MP3 version. The CDs are too expensive. I do have a few CD version I have listened to all of them at least 3 times and I will continue to listen to them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Miss Julia Delivers the Goods?

    I can't remember the plot by the title as the title does not relate well to the content.


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

    I love her best of the 3 narrators although I like them all.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see this become a movie series but I don't believe a movie could tell the story as well. So I see the movie as I listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defend and Betray: A William Monk Novel #3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (173)

    Ten people gather together for an elegant London dinner party. By the end of the party, only nine are alive. Sometime after dinner, General Thaddeus Carlyon is brutally murdered in the hallway. Who had the strength - and motive - to murder the distinguished military hero? Nurse Latterly and Inspector Monk find the answers in a nightmarish legacy of evil.

    Jean says: "Defend and Betray"
    "excitine An all nighter!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Defend and Betray to be better than the print version?

    I always prefer the Audio version because I can read while working or driving. Sometimes while sleeping although I have to back track alot


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The wife and Monk


    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    I love her accent and her different voices. It makes is more realistic


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

    Get a view of the other side of Victorian England!!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way Ms Perry brings out the disrespect the Upper class has for the police dept. I never thought about that before. It seems as if they didn't want the crimes solved as long as their reputations were protected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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