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Emily

Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later (Bonus Material: The Gettysburg Address)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Allen C. Guelzo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett, Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (442)

    The Battle of Gettysburg – the turning point of the American Civil War – would, in the words of one staff officer, stand “like Waterloo, conspicuous in the history of all ages."

    Jami says: "Historical Snapshot"
    "Enjoyable preview for book of vignettes"
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    I read some of these essays when they ran in the NY Times, and appreciated getting this preview before buying the whole book. My teenage history-loving son enjoyed this preview, and it made us decide to get the whole book soon.

    Of course the whole significance of Gettysburg can't be covered in 14 minutes. But if you are looking for something episodic to listen to the car, or for short time before bed, as we are, this was a great length.

    The narrator was good and engaging as well.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Big Wig

    • UNABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Kathleen Krull
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
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    By blending historical details with “amusing anecdotes that put flesh and blood on dry literary bones,” best-selling kids author Kathleen Krull “knows exactly how to captivate her audience” (Publishers Weekly). In this playful look at hair, Krull draws upon centuries of hairy history—including the fake beards of Egyptian queens, the hair-filled medicine of the Incas, and the diverse wigs of Queen Elizabeth I—to show just how hair-brained people can be.

    Emily says: "Funny, gross, anecdotal look at hair and wigs"
    "Funny, gross, anecdotal look at hair and wigs"
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    Funny, episodic anecdotes about hair and wigs through history. A great idea for a theme!

    I wonder if it seems more choppy without the book in front of the listener – I haven’t read the print version, but if it is available, it might be advisable to have it in front of your child while listening, especially if there are illustrations.

    The narration was fine but not outstanding, although it grew on me as the book progressed. My 12 year old son enjoyed it and thought it was over too soon. I thought the book could have gone into more depth about some of the historical background.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reconstructing America: A History of US, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joy Hakim
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (10)
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    Covering a time of great hope and incredible change, Reconstructing America is a dramatic look at life after the Civil War in the newly re-United States. Railroad tycoons were roaring across the country. New cities sprang up across the plains, and a new and different American West came into being: a land of farmers, ranchers, miners, and city dwellers. Back East, large-scale immigration was also going on, but not all Americans wanted newcomers in the country.

    Tom says: "Reconstructing America: A History Of US, book 7"
    "Reconstruction and post-Civil War history"
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    This covers a difficult and interesting time in American history. It starts with Reconstruction which is tough to hear about. It moves around to different topics, some of which are less painful.

    Although I am learning a lot from this, it is geared toward middle school readers. The only jarring aspect of this I find is the author’s tendency to editorialize. I’m not sure that the value judgments are needed or appropriate. Although I generally share the author’s politics, it might not be for someone not looking for a left-leaning historical summary.

    My son continues to love this series, and at 12 he is in the target audience range. He actually requests to listen to this over fiction, which is unusual for him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Bonnie Bader
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (13)
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    (11)

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice until his death - from an assassin's bullet - in 1968.

    Emily says: "Good short bio of King - nice series for kids"
    "Good short bio of King - nice series for kids"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.? to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but this series lends itself well to audio, and the narrator was excellent. I enjoyed listening with my 12 year old.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Jay Fernandez’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he was very good. He was a different narrator than the other books in the series we have listened to, but he was equally good.


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

    We could have done so, but we ended up splitting it up over a few nights. One thing that is great about this series is that they are all fairly short, if you are looking for something that can be finished in a few drives, or a single flight. Especially with younger kids, it can be difficult to spread a longer book over a length of time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of our favorite nonfiction series for kids -- as enjoyable as a fiction listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patrick Smith
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (97)

    For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the Web's popular "Ask the Pilot" feature, separates fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know. Cockpit Confidential covers not only the nuts and bolts of flying, but also the grand theater of air travel, from airport architecture to inflight service to the excitement of travel abroad. It's a thoughtful, funny, at times deeply personal look into the strange and misunderstood world of commercial flying.

    Simon says: "Stuck on the runway"
    "My least favorite Audible title"
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    This was one of the worst Audible titles I’ve encountered, if not the worst. The narrator has what sounds like an artificial/robot voice and was impossible for me to listen to for any length of time. And the content was anecdotal and not very interesting. The topic had promise but it appeared to be a bunch of columns stitched together.

    I was expecting to like it since I'm very interested in the topic and choose to watch or read items about flight and the aviation industry. But I was very disappointed in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uneasy Spirits: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated By Alexandra Haag
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Kathleen Hennessey, Annie Fuller's young Irish maid, has a plan. When her mistress is asked to expose a fraudulent trance medium, Arabella Frampton, Kathleen is determined to assist in the investigation, just like the Pinkerton detectives she has read about in the dime novels. Nate Dawson, up-and-coming San Francisco lawyer, has a dilemma. He wants to marry the unconventional Annie Fuller, but he doesn't feel he can reveal his true feelings until he has a way to make enough money to support her.

    Shenandoah1865 says: "A wonderful 19th century San Francisco romp"
    "Another wonderful historical mystery"
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    I love this series! I enjoy the characters and the mystery, but what sets it apart is the setting of historic San Francisco. SF has been one of my favorite places to visit, and I enjoy learning about what it was like in the late 1800’s. Although there is a lot of historical detail, it always seems appropriate to and integrated into the story.

    The narrator has a pleasing voice and I find her relaxing to listen to -- a good listen for commuting or before bed. Although this installment in the series has some mildly creepy aspects. There were a few times I decided it would be better listened to in the light of day!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charity Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (105)
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    (105)

    When Fate and a chivalrous impulse combine to saddle Viscount Desford with a friendless, homeless waif in the engaging shape of Cherry Steane, who else should he turn to in such a scrape but his childhood playmate, Henrietta Silverdale? And although they refused to oblige their parents by marrying, they have always been the best of friends. But as Desford pursues Cherry's grandfather and father around the seedier fringes of society, Hetta is forced to wonder if he might not, at last, have fallen in love.

    JULIA says: "Extremely enjoyable 'read'."
    "Funny and Charming Heyer Classic"
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    What did you love best about Charity Girl?

    One of my favorite Heyers! Begins with a marvelous scene with the hero and his father – just classic Heyer. Both the hero and heroine are delightful, as were all the minor characters. I loved the hero’s mother and younger brother, and many of the other minor characters were hilarious. Lots of humor and an appealing, intelligent, and mature central couple – all of the best aspects of Heyer to me.Philpott is also my favorite Heyer narrator. He voices all the different characters so well, male and female, and has a wonderful voice to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor, the characters, and the marvelous narration.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Either the wonderful scene at the beginning with Desford and his father, or the madcap and touching end to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best Heyer audios on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bill Messenger
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Jazz is a uniquely American art form, one of America's great contributions to not only musical culture, but world culture, with each generation of musicians applying new levels of creativity that take the music in unexpected directions that defy definition, category, and stagnation.

    Now you can learn the basics and history of this intoxicating genre in an eight-lecture series that is as free-flowing and original as the art form itself.

    Joseph says: "A Disappointingly Distorted, Myopic View Of Jazz"
    "Topics in Jazz and Related Genres"
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    I thought this was an excellent introduction to jazz and related genres. I felt it started slow, but fairly soon into the recording I was hooked. The lecturer is one of the better Great Courses professors; I enjoyed listening to him. Contrary to one of the other reviewers, I thought this one was perfect on audio. I never had any confusion because this wasn’t in video form. And I find I make much more progress on Great Courses that are in audio since I’m not tethered to the TV.

    I’m surprised to see the negative reviews, because I really enjoyed this. I’m sure it is aimed at a listener like me who lacks a deep knowledge of jazz and jazz history. Given the length, it was more a sampler of topics in jazz history, including ragtime, blues, and swing. I think some of the negative reviewers may have been looking for a comprehensive survey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voltaire and the Triumph of the Enlightenment

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Alan Charles Kors
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Discover why intellectuals and historians alike consider Voltaire to be one of the most intriguing, influential, and elusive thinkers of the modern world. Focusing on the deepest, most enduring aspects of Voltaire's work and thought, but never losing sight of the colorful, fascinating man himself, these 12 lectures sketch for you a vibrant, thought-provoking vision of Voltaire as "the father of the Enlightenment" and one of the great literary personalities of all time.

    Emily says: "Enlightenment ideas still relevant today"
    "Enlightenment ideas still relevant today"
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    This was one of my favorite Great Courses. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. My only real exposure to Voltaire before this was reading Candide in high school. The professor has such passion for the topic, and manages to pass it on to the listener. I felt I learned so much about not just Voltaire but the times he lived in, especially about the forces in French society that led to the revolution, and the figures of the Enlightenment that continue to impact us today.

    I thought Prof. Kors was one of the best professors in the Great Courses series -- I always looked forward to listening to him.

    I also thought this one was perfect on audio. I never had any confusion because this wasn’t in video form. And I find I make much more progress on Great Courses that are in audio since I’m not tethered to the TV. That said, anyone new to the Great Courses should realize that they sound like a professor lecturing (which is what it is) and not like a narrator reading an audiobook. I actually find that more engaging, but I realize some listeners prefer a smooth narration, rather than someone lecturing from a podium.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War, Terrible War: A History of US, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joy Hakim
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Riveting, moving, and impossible to put down, War, Terrible War takes us into the heart of the Civil War, from the battle of Manassas to the battle of Gettysburg and on to the South's surrender at Appomattox Court House. Follow the common soldiers in blue and gray as they endure long marches, freezing winter camps, and the bloodiest battles ever fought on American soil.

    Emily says: "Civil War history for tweens and teens"
    "Civil War history for tweens and teens"
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    My 12 year old and I have really enjoyed this Hakim history series. He actually finds it his preferred listening before bed. Although I was a US history major decades ago, I enjoy re-learning about events in US history. I’ve been encouraging my older son to listen as a way to bone up on US history before he heads off to college.
    This installment was especially good. The civil war is such an interesting and sad time in US history, filled with great and memorable stories. Both my son and I learned a lot from it.
    In terms of perspective, I think it is fair to say that Hakim has a center left orientation, not dissimilar from the commentary you would see in a PBS documentary or a national park museum. Although I share her politics, it is sometimes a bit disconcerting to me that she digresses into judgments on the beliefs or behaviors encountered. I wonder if that is in part driven by the middle or high school audience and what she perceives as their need for guidance about the events she covers. I would have preferred not to have the commentary, but I think it is a minor flaw.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frederica

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clifford Norgate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (522)

    Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

    Carol says: "Frederica"
    "One of the best Heyers"
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    This might be my favorite Heyer. I adore both the hero and heroine, but also her adorable family. I have a real weakness for the little boys of Heyer’s books, and how in this one they bring out Alverstoke’s best side. Writing this review makes me want to reread this one!
    Unlike some Heyers, the main couple are onstage for almost all of this book, and the book is written mostly from the hero’s perspective, both of which I enjoy.
    The only negative for me was the narrator. He is an excellent narrator, but he sounded much older than the characters in the book, which for some reason is disconcerting to me. This book should be narrated by a man, since most of the characters are male, but I think it would be better to have one who could voice younger characters convincingly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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