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Yennta

L.A., CA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (487)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Powerful Human & Political Story, beautifully told"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Lion to be better than the print version?

    Oh, yes. The reader is simply spectacular.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Winny.


    Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't know whether I have or not, but Davidson has to be one of the best readers ever.


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

    No, much too long.


    Any additional comments?

    It's an endlessly fascinating story. I've listened to it now, several times. Manchester is a worldclass writer, but what makes it all work is Davidson. He absolutely channels Churchill. He turns a book into an experience.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (729)

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    C. Telfair says: "Wow! Patience Rewarded!"
    "She's Done it Again!"
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    Team of Rivals was SO GOOD. This one is great as well. My favorite thing about it is there is no good guy/bad guy dichotomy. Each man did great things. Each man did what seem to me unfathomably bad things. The muckrakers had their great moment of influence and were fascinating people. I regret that I wasn't able to learn more about Ida Tarbell (But I'm impelled to find out more). And finally, today's political skirmishes are almost identical. The more I read of history, the more I'm convinced of the non-perfectability of governments and individuals. I can't even imagine how Doris Kearns Goodwin is able to create two such brilliantly researched and nuanced books.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Child's Child: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    When their grandmother dies, Grace and Andrew Easton inherit her sprawling, book-filled London home, Dinmont House. Rather than sell it, the adult siblings move in together, splitting the numerous bedrooms and studies. The arrangement is unusual, but ideal for the affectionate pair - until the day Andrew brings home a new boyfriend. A devilishly handsome novelist, James Derain resembles Cary Grant, but his strident comments about Grace’s doctoral thesis soon puncture the house’s idyllic atmosphere. When he and Andrew witness their friend’s murder outside a London nightclub, James begins to unravel.

    Yennta says: "Wha?"
    "Wha?"
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    I've read and loved everything by Ruth Rendell AND by her as Barbara Vine. Especially loved her as Barbara Vine. But this book is just a mess. Two stories are told, one with barely any plot at all, the other (within the first story but at length) with a sort of a plot and three of the most unpleasant, uninteresting characters in all of fiction. There's no rhyme or reason here. At all. When the music came up at the "end" my mouth dropped open and I said, aloud, "You've gotta be kidding." I don't know what's happened, here, but it's depressing and really annoying. I did listen all the way through, tho. I mean, it is Ruth Rendell (or it's supposed to be) and I kept hoping that at some point it would all make sense. It didn't. It doesn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2725)
    Performance
    (1845)
    Story
    (1862)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "Horrendous Reader!!!!"
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    Would you try another book from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and/or Charlton Griffin?

    Yes, Sir Arthur, No Griffin


    What could Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    fine book


    How could the performance have been better?

    This reader gasps LOUDLY at the beginnings of sentences. It sounds as if he's about to dive into deep water. This is NOT an exaggeration. When he doesn't gasp (sometimes he doesn't) you're afraid he's going to strangle because he hasn't taken that deep noisy breath. Seriously. Unlistenable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Major anger at Audible for featuring such a badly read book.


    Any additional comments?

    avoid this reader at all costs until he learns how to breath.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing Aztecs

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Specialist in the scam, the con, and the rip-off, Jerry Manelli is running around New York hot on the trail of a priest: a thousand-year-old, two-foot-tall, ugly, misshapen, dancing Aztec priest made of solid gold, with eyes of pure emeralds, worth a million dollars. Somebody stole it from its museum home in South America and smuggled it through U.S. Customs in a shipment of plastic imitations. But the wrong one got delivered, and the million dollar statue, mixed with the fifteen copies, is somewhere in New York.

    Jose says: "Not ideal for casual listening"
    "One of his sillier books"
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    If you could sum up Dancing Aztecs in three words, what would they be?

    a madcap adventure?


    What did you like best about this story?

    the wild ride. I love every single Westlake book. But there were times I wanted to put it down and walk away. See Comments, below*


    What about Brian Holsopple’s performance did you like?

    He's a great reader for tongue-in-cheek Westlake. He doesn't overdo. Except as below, in Comments*


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Uh, not exactly a "moving" story. A lot made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    *Well, it's racist. The Mexicans are more or less portrayed as individuals, but the black people are cartoons, and some of this may be the fault of the reader. Seriously Amos N Andy stuff.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    From Scotland's most exciting up-and-coming mystery novelist comes a story of Lachlan Harriot, a man who refuses to believe his wife, Susie, is a killer, even though she had been working with Andrew Gow, a paroled serial killer, as his court-appointed psychologist, when she was found covered in blood near the spot where his and his wife's bodies were discovered. Desperate to clear his wife's name, Lachlan searches her home office for proof of her innocence.

    Julie Campbell says: "Realistic and riveting"
    "Tricky, Tricky!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Deception the most enjoyable?

    The intricacies of character development. Is this guy a boob? Is this woman an innocent? wha?


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best was the way it developed. Some might find it slow. I didn't. I found it more and more involving.


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

    No, I haven't, but he was excellent.


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

    You won't get no High Concept from me!


    Any additional comments?

    Denise Mina is a great story teller with a real flavor to her stories. Like I said, involving.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tigerlily's Orchids: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nickolas Grace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    When Stuart Font decides to throw a house-warming party in his new flat he invites everyone in his building. The party will be one everyone remembers. But not for the right reasons....

    Kathleen Rogers says: "Not as grimly creepy as many other Rendell titles"
    "TERRIFIC Rendell, but lots of characters"
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    What did you love best about Tigerlily's Orchids?

    It was truly funny. An ironic humor is an aspect of all of Rendell, but usually there's less of it than here. It's grisly, too, I guess, a little, but the characters are ALL adorably misguided, and there are mysteries, but they seem secondary to the story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tigerlily's Orchids?

    Won't give anything away. No, no.


    Which character – as performed by Nickolas Grace – was your favorite?

    The old lady alcoholic, I can't remember her name.


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

    It made me chuckle and grin.


    Any additional comments?

    At first I thought, "Oh, no! There are too many characters to keep track of in an audio book." There are 9 or ten. But the reader managed to convey who was being focussed on, and Rendell always, somehow, made each one distinct. I'm afraid if you leave long gaps between your listening intervals you might have trouble remembering who's who. That's why I didn't give the story five stars. It may not be easy for some listeners. But it is really absorbing, really fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Denise Mina
    • Narrated By Jane MacFarlane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    Alex Morrow is not new to the police force - or to crime - but there is nothing familiar about the call she has just received. On a still night in a quiet suburb of Glasgow, Scotland, three armed men have slipped into a house, demanding a man who is not, and has never been, inside the front door. In the confusion that ensues, one family member is shot and another kidnapped, the assailants demanding an impossible ransom. Is this the amateur crime gone horribly wrong that it seems, or something much more unexpected?

    Yennta says: "I'm a Fan"
    "I'm a Fan"
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    Would you listen to Still Midnight again? Why?

    After a long long time maybe. I only listen to non-fiction and classics more than once.


    What other book might you compare Still Midnight to and why?

    Not fair, Denise Mina is unique. Her locations, her characters can't be met anywhere else I know of.


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

    Her beautiful (appropriate) Scottish accent and a subtle way of reading I really appreciate. I hate the drama kings and queens. I want to hear a story. I don't want to hear someone emote.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Don't want to spoil the experience for anyone. There were a lot of great moments and lot of moving ones, not sentimental, just really deep.


    Any additional comments?

    I've said it, I'm a fan. If you don't like naturalistic characters and a little squalor with your stories, you won't like most of Denise Mina. I also highly recommend "Deception." I don't think it's available here. Don't bother with abridgments. The FLAVOR of her work IS her work.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Eudora Welty
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Jessica Almasy, Victor Bevine, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (92)

    This complete collection includes all of the published stories of Eudora Welty. There are 41 stories in all, including those in the earlier collections A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, The Golden Apples, and The Bride of the Innisfallen, as well as previously uncollected stories.

    Yennta says: "Too Good For Audio"
    "Too Good For Audio"
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    (I've given fewer stars for performance, because some performances here are better than others).
    Based on what I've been hearing on this recording, Eudora Welty may be the best American writer of the 20th Century. (For me, for my taste) Hard to tell. So I've got to read her on the page. I've bought this book, now, from Amazon. I can't listen to it anymore because I want to constantly stop, go back, and read stuff over, asking, "WHAT did she just say?!." I can't believe an American writer I haven't read before (I'm old and I've been reading all my life) can be so impossibly good.
    Usually I LISTEN to books to escape. Audio is fine for that. But this is escape of a different kind entirely. It's a glimpse into the real world made magical by descriptions that make you catch your breath. I may change my mind after pursuing her onto the page. I don't think so, though.

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (552)

    Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.

    Rugbysmom says: "This series + this narrater = great entertainment"
    "Has A.M. Smith ever written a bad book?"
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    No. He never has. Precious Ramotse (sp) is just as wonderful as ever and the people are as peculiar and somehow everything all works out in the end. I love the Scottish books and these books. And Lisette Lecat is one of my favorite narrators. She can do any accent in the world. A delight.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (450)

    What would make the perfect man? That's the deliciously racy topic that Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends are pondering one night at their favorite after-hours hot spot: Mr. Perfect. Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted - or will just muscular do? As their conversation heats up, they concoct a tongue-in-cheek checklist that becomes an overnight sensation, spreading like wildfire at work and sizzling along email lines. But what began as a joke among friends turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered....

    Judy says: "Oldie but Goodie!"
    "Just Not for Me"
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    Never read Linda Howard before. Love mysteries and women who solve them, so I thought I'd like this. But it reads like a formulaic romance: feisty heroine, irritating but truly good and great looking hero, etc. etc. I was waiting for the murder, but I just I can't take it anymore. I like a little more subtlety. If you're a fan of Ruth Rendell or Laura Lippman, this may not appeal to you. I'm dissing it. The writing seems good. Just not for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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