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Rosemary

I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!

Greenwich, CT, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (1228)
    Story
    (1213)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "A walk back in time. A Joy!"
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    Bill Bryson's picked an extraordinary watershed summer in history to highlight a time we have almost forgotten. Such pure joy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (226)

    When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

    Jen says: "Best Bad Guys EVER!"
    "Terrific suspense but flawed"
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    This is such a good listen. Great suspense and excellent setting. But one deep flaw in the plot. Storyline works for a while but is over-wrought and over complicated. Needed
    a good editor who would have spotted the fault.

    0 of 0 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
    (817)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (727)

    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!"
    "The best book of the year"
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    The combination of Doris Goodwin's superbly interesting narrative and Ed Hermann's fabulous voice takes us back a hundred years and lets us walk around. A champ of a book! I was so sorry to finish it after 18 wonderful hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wilson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By A. Scott Berg
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    A hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson - the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President. This is not just Wilson the icon - but Wilson the man.

    Jean says: "A complex man"
    "Who remembers Wilson? I do no and so worth it!"
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    Woodrow Wilson is almost forgotten. He was a brilliant, moral, if flawed man and this book can't be put down. Scott Berg has exceeded even his biography of Lindberg here. The book is mesmerizingly read aloud and a joy to go back and walk around in Wilson's time and see him struggle and mostly prevail.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4077)
    Performance
    (3440)
    Story
    (3432)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "Wish this were better!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Stultifying narrator
    Wildly impossible plot
    Conclusion that let's a gang of drug pushers come out on top.
    All this from a big John Grisham fan, too!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Crime Beat: A Decade of Covering Cops and Killers

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou, Nancy McKeon, Carl Franklin
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Before he became a novelist, Michael Connelly was a crime reporter, covering the detectives who worked the homicide beat in Florida and Los Angeles. In vivid, hard-hitting articles, Connelly leads the reader past the yellow police tape as he follows the investigators, the victims, their families and friends, and, of course, the killers, to tell the real stories of murder and its aftermath.

    Traci says: "Disappointment"
    "Not up to Harry Bosch"
    Overall
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    True Crime is a different kind of writing than crime fiction. The author must hew to the facts as they happen. These true stories lack the sparkle than the reader usually associates with Michael Connelly and instead of giving a fascinating inside look at police work, drag on. The author's own voice narrating the first segment is not a good readers' voice.
    Len Cariou is such a genius. he should have read the entire thing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (489)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "When the Narrator makes the book better"
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    Idling the car in the driveway for a few more minutes of the story is the biggest compliment a reader can give an audiobook. Orlagh Cassiy's amazing voice got me listening to this book every chance I had.
    The story takes off, is plausible and very interesting, about a woman who loses her memory and can only retain one day's worth of information.
    The ending is a little predictable and you can see the stitches sewing everything up.
    But this is a wonderful listen-to, worth every minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (533)

    LAPD Detective Harry Bosch tackles three tough cases that span a legendary career in this never-before-collected trio of stories. Utterly unputdownable, they are proof that "Connelly never stops doling out the suspense.... Once it grabs you in those first few pages, it won't let go of you" (Boston Globe).

    Jane says: "Too short to do anything in depth"
    "Shortened Harry Bosch"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is a teaser. Makes you hungry for the real unabridged stories.


    What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Dont include a teaser for the next long book. (The Drop) Most of us Bosch fans will buy that on its own. These stories are too short and too pat to be lingered upon which is the joy of following a detective's wandering path.


    Which character – as performed by Len Cariou – was your favorite?

    Always Harry.


    Do you think Angle of Investigation needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would not suggest this format. The short time given each does not allow the reader to wonder.


    Any additional comments?

    The Drop is a fine book. This hour long format precludes the reader guessing wrong which is the joy of a good detective writer's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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