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Judy

Southold, NY, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Isaac's Storm

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (171)

    September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau, failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over 6,000 people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history.

    Greg Mefford says: "A wonderful listen"
    "Please Read Before Your Next Hurricane Party"
    Overall

    This is an well written, well paced account of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane that struck without warning and completely swamped the island city one September day. This audio version is abridged so some of the more gruesome, and pendantic, details were left out, but the story still provides a vivid recounting of harrowing experiences of the survivors of this spectacular disaster. A hurricane is nothing to celebrate, and Isaac's Storm tells you why. If you enjoy such survivor accounts against Mother Nature's fury, then you will enjoy this one, too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Bernie Su, Kate Rorick
    • Narrated By Ashley Clements
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (109)

    There is a great deal that goes into making a video blog. Lizzie Bennet should know, having become a YouTube sensation over the course of her year-long video diary project. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries chronicled Lizzie’s life as a twenty-four-year-old grad student, struggling under a mountain of student loans and living at home with her two sisters - beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. What may have started as her grad student thesis grew into so much more, as the videos came to inform and reflect her life and that of her sisters.

    Samantha Schaffer says: "A lovely addition to the LBD universe"
    "This Proves It-Jane Austen is Timeless"
    Overall
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    Story

    As much as I love the historical period romances, especially those that were actually written in the period, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries are a wonderful modern day adaptation on this fabulous story. The author updated the characters and placed them seamlessly in the 21st Century to tell the Pride and Prejudice story in a contemporary setting that completely works.

    From the ditzy Mrs. Bennet to the supercilious Mr. Collins, and even Catherine DeBerg and Lydia and Mr. Wickham, the modern-day characters are completey faithful to their 19th Century originals, and like the original Jane Austen work, I was actually bereft when the story ended--what would I do without the total immersion in this delightful tale?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Right for a Reason: Life, Liberty, and a Crapload of Common Sense

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Miriam Weaver, Amy Jo Clark
    • Narrated By Miriam Weaver, Amy Jo Clark
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    If you think all conservatives are old white dudes, think again. Meet the Chicks on the Right (if you haven't already). Everyone loves to tell them they're wrong - everyone. Liberals say they're wrong because, well, they're conservative. Conservatives tell them they're wrong because they are not conservative enough, or because they're too conservative, or because they're the wrong kind of conservative. With all the blame flying around, it's easy to lose sight of one important thing: they think like you.

    Judy says: "The Chicks' Manifesto - Could be Yours Too"
    "The Chicks' Manifesto - Could be Yours Too"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Finally we have contemporary women who have the courage to criticize the left and the right for the polarizing, short-sighted, mean-spirited attitudes that have pervaded our government, political parties, and even our culture. If you are a reasonable moderate, who respects the opinions and rights of those who disagree with you, without the need to vilify them, then you will appreciate that Miriam and Amy Jo are willing to stand up publicly and speak mostly on your behalf.

    These ladies are unifiers, not dividers, who ditch political correctness in favor of common sense and common ground.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (130)

    Molly Murphy - now Molly Sullivan - is a year into her marriage, expecting her first child, and confined to the life of a housewife. She’s restless and irritable in the enforced idleness of pregnancy and the heat of a New York summer in 1905. So when a trip to the post office brings a letter addressed to her old detective agency asking her to locate a missing Irish serving maid, Molly figures it couldn’t hurt to at least ask around, despite her promise to Daniel to give up her old career as a detective. On the same day, Molly learns that five babies have been kidnapped in the past month.

    Alice says: "Anyone else finding Daniel insufferable?"
    "Good Read - Molly Settles Into Married Life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was surprised at the relatively harsh review of this installment. While not the author's strongest work in the series, it rather accurately depicts the conflicts newly married (and expectant) couples face.

    Because of the reviews, I considered not downloading this one, but Molly and Daniel (and
    Sid and Gus) are now like relatives of the early 20th Century who send me lively letters every so often. I simply must know what is going on in their lives. So despite the lackluster response of other reviewers, I took the listen, and was glad I did.

    Yes there are some moments where Molly is more naive than usual, and Daniel plays the overbearing husband a bit too much, but I think that is the author's attempt to remind the reader of the time period in which the story is set.

    If you are a fan of the series--go for it. It's a good read, if not the best of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (852)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Just Delightful"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would definitely recommend One Plus One. It has all of my favorite hallmarks of a good read, some romance, some comedy, a villain you can really hate, characters who need lots of soul searching, and a dog who steals the show. On top of all that is top-notch narration by different voice representing the different characters. I think that really made a difference.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Plus One?

    There were so many, but I'll go with this one: I want to avoid a spoiler here, so I will say that the scene where the little girl really needed help, and her valiant dog came to her rescue was possibly the most emotionally engaging part of the entire book, but believe me, the entire book is engaging. I felt like I was one of the silent characters along for the ride.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to mention, but see my response on most memorable...loved that whole part of the book


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

    The Truth Will Set You Free


    Any additional comments?

    I selected this book because People Magazine's review said it was similar to Bridget Jones's Diary. Maybe in spirit, but nothing else matched, except the British accents of the narrator. It does share with Bridget a feel good ending, but the themes in One Plus One are those of honesty, kindness, generosity and forgiveness, all packaged in a way that the reader can actually buy into without being pollyanna-ish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3953)
    Performance
    (3518)
    Story
    (3539)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Nice Bit of History-Needed a Better Narrator"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Americans got so lost in the abolitionist cause (rightly so, by the way) that we forget that this is a story of two countries at war, and it contains all the plot twists and turns of a spy novel--an assassination attempt--unfortunately successful--and a conspiracy to go along with it. Mr. O'Reilly appears to have gotten it right--nice pacing, factual details, correct timelines. However, Mr. O'Reilly is a broadcaster, not an actor. If this book were written as a news story, then his narration would have been fine. Instead it is more a dramatization of the facts, and reads like a novel, not a news broadcast. Missing are the nuanced pauses, and dramatic reading that a novel needs.

    I liked the story, but would have loved it were there another narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (4443)
    Performance
    (1786)
    Story
    (1811)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

    Scott says: "Epic Drama & Love Story through Time Travel"
    "It was a lovely journey"
    Overall

    This book was very well written,and the narration, done from the perspective of the two main characters,and so with two different voices,was completely engaging. I feel like Henry and Clare Detamble are two old friends. This is a story of love and separation, but also makes time travel seem feasible. For the two weeks it took me to read it during my commute, I actually looked forward to going to work!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8996)
    Performance
    (7084)
    Story
    (7121)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Wow! Poignant, inspiring, unforgettable."
    Overall

    Told from Death's viewpoint. I read this book at a friend's recommendation. She had difficulty describing it, but said it was one of the best books she had ever read, and she couldn't put it down. I agree completely. It is difficult to explain it in a way that encourages you to read it, but I will say this: I am very interested in stories, fact or fiction, that are placed in Nazi-era Germany because I am looking for how the German people found their own ways to rebel against the Nazi regime. The Book Thief became part of the fabric of my life over the week or so that it took me to listen to it, and I felt a bit empty when it was finished.

    It will change you for the better, and help you see that even in Nazi Germany, fathers loved their daughters, mothers loved their sons and it is in human nature to do good even when faced with severe punishment.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Privilege

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (296)

    When private detective Dana Cutler is hired by an attorney with powerful political connections, the assignment seems simple enough: follow a pretty college student named Charlotte Walsh and report on where she goes and whom she sees. But then the unexpected happens.

    Lu says: "Entertaining"
    "No surprises, but enjoyable"
    Overall

    Nothing exceptional, but a decent mystery with some thrills, even if it is a bit predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem for an Assassin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (310)

    If you had to kill three people to save your best friend's life, would you do it? When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

    Matthew says: "An ear full and a mind full"
    "Slow start, decent finish"
    Overall

    I heard great reviews for this book, or maybe it was just good marketing, so I took the plunge. However, it started a bit too slow, and I found it hard to keep track of who the characters were. I got half way through the book before I figured out who was truly the protagonist, but once that become clear, I was able to figure out who to root for. Also, the action started to happen, so the suspense started to build too. Don't lay out the cash, but if you are looking for something on which to spend a credit, you'll do ok.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Young Huck is an industrious, fiercely independent boy who escapes his abusive, drunken father and sets out on an unforgettable journey down the Mississippi River. Enjoying his freedom, he befriends a kindhearted slave named Jim, whose suffering teaches Huck powerful lessons about racism, personal liberty, and the complexities of life.

    Catherine says: "just outstanding"
    "Abridged version left some holes"
    Overall

    I skipped this book in the required reading list in High School, so I am now trying to fill the gaps left in my education. I really enjoyed the story, as I expected I would. However, since I read the abridged version, it wrapped up very quickly and left some unanswered questions. The narration was first rate, however.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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