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joyce

Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.

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  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jan-Philipp Sendker
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (587)

    When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

    Monica says: "Basic Story Interesting, But..."
    "I couldn't bear to have this story end"
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    Would you listen to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats again? Why?

    I AM listening to it a second time, just to lose myself in the gorgeous descriptions of country, customs, and love that is transcendent, read in the golden honeyed tones of Cassandra Campbell. Beautiful narration, and a fantastically beautiful story.


    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Barney Frank
    • Narrated By Barney Frank
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick New Jersey-Massachusetts accent become one of the most effective politicians of his time? In this candid and witty political memoir, Barney Frank relates his journey from the outskirts of New York City to Boston's City Hall and the Massachusetts legislature, and then to the US Congress, where he played a vital role in the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness over four decades.

    Gino says: "WOW"
    "I could run after Barney like that kid after Shane"
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    He's hilarious! Often it's his rapier wit, sometimes it's his speaking, which sounds like a bulldog gargling marbles. The Congressman I admired for many years-- intelligent, funny, a fantastic debater, a totally dedicated voice for the disenfranchised-- is fully exposed in this book, his missteps and insecurities as well as his triumphs. I miss seeing him give interviews on the daily Washington mess and I wonder sadly if he is the last such character we will have in the Congress. They all seem to go there now to get rich.
    This book is a great piece of history, especially on the 2008 financial meltdown. Frank was chairman of the Financial Services committee, so he was in the thick of it and the insider's view here is excellent. Also very instructive on the day-to-day biz of getting legislation passed. I highly recommend this book! May you have a long and happy retirement, Congressman Frank!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    They destroy plant diseases. They break down toxins. They plough the earth. They transform forests. They’ve survived two mass extinctions, including the one that wiped out the dinosaur. Not bad for a creature that’s deaf, blind, and spineless. Who knew that earthworms were one of our planet’s most important caretakers? Or that Charles Darwin devoted his last years to studying their remarkable achievements?

    D. Littman says: "very interesting, very peculiar popular science"
    "wow, worms! don't hide your light under a bushel!"
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    I never knew just how ecologically important earthworms are. Never knew they were a special favorite of Darwin's. Did not know they are becoming an important tool in research and in biohazard cleanup. All hail these lowly worms! they are really pretty cool and interesting. The author also gives all the advice you would need to start ypur own wormy compost box.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2336)
    Performance
    (1288)
    Story
    (1311)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "less philosophy! more plot! (great characters!)"
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    A great performance by Barbara Rosenblat, oozing French snottiness, and another by Cassandra Morris as a know-it-all 12 year old who has had just about enough of this world. Both are interesting and funny characters, but both also spend more than half the book musing philosophically on subjects ranging from passing thoughts (What is a table? does 'tableness' exist?) to questions about class and identity and self-determination. I think some of it would have interested me as a freshman in Phil 101, but it all got very tiresome after listening to a few hours from these characters. More of the very sketched-in storyline would have made this book a lot more fun. I did like the ending (sad!), but still, not worth the time invested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (595)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "interesting bit of history"
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    This is the second book by McCullough that I have read. It is a very interesting account of events surrounding the Johnstown flood, which I had been taught was just the result of a 100-year storm. But still, I think McCullough can't hold a candle to Timothy Egan, who makes American history stories leap off the page like Indiana Jones, or something!
    I do like listening to Edward Herrmann's voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Judy Melinek, MD, T. J. Mitchell
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (594)

    Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

    R. Milam says: "Great story - but not for the faint of heart!"
    "A brand new, enthusiastic, NYC M.E. tells all"
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    Well-written and really interesting, but maybe not for the squeamish. However, the reader is completely ridiculous. Yes, it's a 'memoir', but come on, lady, you are reading graphic descriptions of accidental deaths and clinical dissections, it's not StoryTime at pre-school! The golly-gee-whiz inflection used for the author and her dopey male voices nearly ruin this fascinating book with continual irritation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into That Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Louis Nowra
    • Narrated By Lisbeth Kennelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (187)

    Two girls survive a terrible flood in the Tasmanian bush and are rescued by a pair of Tasmanian tigers who raise them in the wild. Their story of survival is remarkable, as they adapt to the life of the tiger, learning to hunt and to communicate without the use of human language. When they are discovered and returned to civilization, neither can adapt to being fully human after their extraordinary experience. Totally believable, their story will both shock and captivate listeners as it explores the animal instincts that lie beneath our civilized veneer.

    Gillian says: "Excellent Narration of a Dramatic Story"
    "a kids' book that had me gripped me by the throat"
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    The perfect narration of this story of an elderly Aussie woman, in her quavery voice and old regional speech patterns, as she recalls incidents of her childhood, is what raises this simple adventure story to a book with a lasting presence. For young adults, it will start discussions about what makes us civilized, what is a family, the nature of love, interspecies communication, and our responsibility to other species on the planet. As an adult, I was mesmerized by the performance of the reader. Her depiction of a child's experience of loss, and fighting fiercely to keep hold of the next thing, and lifelong regret and sadness, is so real and wrenching. A slow start, but then exciting and haunting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Edward Steers
    • Narrated By William Coon
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    The assassination of Abraham Lincoln is usually told as a tale of a lone deranged actor who struck from a twisted lust for revenge. This is not only too simple an explanation; Blood on the Moon reveals that it is completely wrong. John Wilkes Booth was neither mad nor alone in his act of murder. He received the help of many, not the least of whom was Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd, the Charles County physician who has been portrayed as the innocent victim of a vengeful government.

    Alan says: "Terrific listen."
    "Fascinating! so much we never learned in school"
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    I am full of admiration for the author, as the amount of research behind this book and the thoroughness of it are mind-boggling. I would not recommend this book to anyone who is not very interested in learning about the assassination of President Lincoln. It is extremely detailed, with virtually every fact being supported by quotes from printed media, private letters, police files, court documents, government sources, or photographs. Very rarely, when that last shred of proof cannot be found, the author presents his opinion (rather confidently), and moves on.
    All in all, this is an amazing achievement. I learned an immense amount of my own country's history, was enthralled by the man (Lincoln) himself, and now I understand why he is beloved, and such an icon. The description of his funeral, and then the huge crowds meeting the funereal train carrying his body back to Indiana was vividly brought to life, and was very moving.
    It's not historical fiction, it's not Bill O'Reilly, so save your credit there.
    If you are a history buff, or a Lincoln buff, or a civil war buff....this is fascinating. This is the one to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: The Rape of the Town of Lovell

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jack Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    For twenty-five years, the trusted family doctor in a small Wyoming town had been raping and molesting the women and children who most relied on him. Mostly Mormons, the naive victims sometimes realized on their wedding nights the truth about what had happened in Dr. Story's office.

    Douglas says: "Just Beginning To Read Jack Olsen..."
    "This story is so, so disturbing; how can this be?"
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    The doctor was a sociopath, rapist and sadist who couldn't have stumbled into a better position; replacing the only doctor in a small, rural, heavily Mormon town. The sexual innocence of the Mormon women and their total obeisance to men gave him 25 years to indulge his sick urges with Mormon women, girls, and babies.
    Jack Olsen's account is detailed and spellbinding from beginning to end. When, finally, a legal investigation is begun, the problems seem insurmountable. Sex is a taboo subject for Mormon women. Doc the sociopath has charmed many in the town.
    There is another disturbing dimension, that the doctor is not Mormon, and heads his own Christian church in town. An ugly anti-Mormon tone starts to dominate the case, and the victims are shunned and blamed as Doc faces the justice system.
    The spectre of religious hatreds tearing a community apart, while abused women are blamed for causing all the trouble and the littlest victims of a truly evil child molester are ignored, is so confusing, so upsetting...and this happened in the 1980's! It sounds like another century, but it's not! It's just hard to believe, and the recording is hard to turn off. Excellent investigative reporting, and excellent, unemotional 'just-the-facts-ma'am' narration that suits this True Crime story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By David Atlas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (505)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (435)

    >In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand - Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings - until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

    Lee Chemel says: "Exquisite"
    "I relished this. Extraordinary."
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    I can't add much more to the praise that has been heaped on this magnificent achievement of authorship. But I must say, this rare book made me experience a range of emotions on a gut level; literally, as the description of one POW's beating brought on dizzying waves of nausea. I raged with (not proud to admit this) hatred for the Japanese, and their cultural teachings about cruelty and pride, so white-hot I could barely sit still to listen to some passages. The small kindnesses that the POWs used to keep their humanity in captivity moved me so deeply, I found myself praying for these characters, longing for their release like they were my own kin. The strength they found in themselves, used for each other, seems of divine provenance. I was....can't describe it. 'Lifted'.
    The author's ability to so deftly weave the depths of depravity that humans can reach right along side the heights of selfless love is just brilliant! He is just brilliant!
    It's been a week since I finished this book, and I have not been able to start another. Nothing seems interesting enough after the extraordinary experience of listening to "The Narrow Road to the Deep North".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dept. of Speculation

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jenny Offill
    • Narrated By Jenny Offill
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (208)

    "The Wife" once exchanged love letters with her husband, coyly postmarked the Dept. of Speculation, their code name for all the uncertainty that inheres in life and in the strangely fluid confines of a long relationship. As they confront an array of common catastrophes -the arrival of a child and, later, a lover - the Wife puzzles over the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and romantic love.

    W. Spradlin says: "Offill. Truly awful."
    "I love a story told in a different way!"
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    It's a story we all know--young love, the excitement of everything new, making plans, marriage, baby comes, routines start, someone gets restive and the poop hits the fan.
    This short, wonderful book is the story told by an omniscient third person, describing bits of 'the wife's' memories, sweet, stinging, sad, terse, & revealing.
    And my description is light years from how witty, and profound, and stunning this book is. Fantastic, really.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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