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Mary

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Glitter and the Gold: The American Duchess - In Her Own Words

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Consuelo Vanderbilt was young, beautiful and the heir to a vast family fortune. She was also deeply in love with an American suitor when her mother chose instead for her to fulfill her social ambitions and marry an English Duke. Leaving her life in America, she came to England as the Duchess of Marlborough in 1895 and took up residence in her new home: Blenheim Palace. The ninth Duchess gives unique first-hand insight into life at the very pinnacle of English society in the Edwardian era.

    Ashley James says: "Facinating Story- Terrible reading"
    "Not goldl"
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    I expected a more detailed and insightful account by CV of her life as a member of the British nobility. I was disappointed. She offered little.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sanctuary: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    A diamond dealer and his entire family have mysteriously disappeared from their sprawling Las Angeles manor, leaving the estate undisturbed and their valuables untouched. Investigating detective Decker is stumped - faced with a perplexing case riddled with dead ends. Then a second dealer is found murdered in Manhatten, catapulting Decker and his wife, Rina, into a heartstopping maze of murder and intrigue that spans the globe... only to touch down dangerously in their own backyard.

    karen says: "Best of the series"
    "Entertaining and Educational"
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    I chose this book/listen because of its setting-an Orthodox Jewish family/community. I found
    it an enjoyable way to learn.

    0 of 0 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
    (3840)
    Performance
    (3239)
    Story
    (3221)

    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.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Wait for the author's comments"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Racketeer to be better than the print version?

    Audio better than print? No, depends on your mood


    What other book might you compare The Racketeer to and why?

    I thought of Grisham's The Litagator--serious subject but handled deftly and with some humor..


    Any additional comments?

    I finished this listen with some reservatiosn--until I heard Grisham's own closing remarks. They set things straight-- and I set my doubts aside..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The St. Zita Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Carol Boyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    From three-time Edgar Award-winning mystery writer Ruth Rendell comes a captivating tale of residents and servants on one block of a posh London street - and the deadly ways their lives intertwine. Life in the well-manicured London locale of Hexam Place is not as placid and orderly as it appears. Behind the tranquil gardens and polished entryways, relationships between servants and their employers are set to combust. Henry, the handsome valet to Lord Studley, is sleeping with both the Lord's wife and his university-age daughter.

    Susianna says: "Cast of Unlikable Characters Doing Very Little"
    "OK"
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    Would you try another book from Ruth Rendell and/or Carol Boyd?

    Ruth Rendell has been better, much better.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good author not at her best.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1613)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1096)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Washington, the Man"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it introduced me--as promised--to Washington himself. And actually confirmed the validity of his iconic status.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The vivid portrayal of Washington himself. I am only half-way through but have appreciated the prsentation of him as a young man, his not-so-smooth relationship with his mother and the effect of his childhood upon him--he regretted his lack of a deep education, his love for Martha. The biography offered a vivid picture, too, of Martha..


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He read smoothly and clearly.


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

    I have not finsihed yet so I can't answer this.


    Any additional comments?

    So far this biography has lived up to the reveiws. I learned about the era as well as the man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Barbarra Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Lily Bart, a beautiful, intelligent, but penniless young woman, lives on the outskirts of New York's high society, craving the luxurious lifestyle of her wealthy contacts. But while Lily possesses the grace, taste, and morality of the ideal turn-of-the-century lady, her delicate innocence threatens her survival in that very world. As she fights to maintain her newfound place among the aristocracy, Lily struggles mightily against what lurks beneath all the glitter and gold - greed, vulgarity, and ruthless competition. In her brilliantly perceptive novel, The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton, the peerless, Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of Old New York, provides yet another heartbreaking glimpse into the world of manners, privilege, betrayal, and shocking falls from grace.

    Melanie says: "Beautiful Tragedy"
    "A Good Read!"
    Overall

    I had never read Edith Wharton. Whether in printed form The House of Mirth would engage someone so deeply today as in Wharton's era I don't know. However, in audible format it was excellent. The author's command of language and psychlogy is remarkable. The reader was excellent and gave the characters "voices of their own"--better in some instances than in others but always "listenable." I very much enjoyed my "read."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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