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Dielle

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  • A. Lincoln: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ronald C. White, Jr.
    • Narrated By Bill Weideman
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    In this important new biography, Ronald C. White, Jr. offers a fresh and fascinating definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity - what today's commentators are calling "authenticity" - whose internal moral compass is the key to understanding his life. Through meticulous research, utilizing recently discovered Lincoln letters, legal papers, and photographs, White depicts Lincoln as a person of intellectual curiosity, comfortable with ambiguity, and capable of changing his mind.

    Julieann says: "Insight into Lincoln"
    "Disappointed in lack of depth"
    Overall

    I was hoping for a historical novel more along the lines of the Last Lion biography of Winston Churchill. But this was more like a children's history lesson. There was very little analysis or tying cause and events together. Just a listing of relative unrelated occurances. I listened up to when he ran for president and was very disappointed on the lack of insight as to how a relative unknown, unpopular man came to be elected as such a pivotal time. Very little analysis of how torn the country was at the time of the election. My son's Jr. High history book had more depth.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • How to Listen to and Understand Opera

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    To watch any opera lover listen to a favorite work, eyes clenched tight in concentration and passion, often betraying a tear, is to be almost envious. What must it be like, you might think, to love a piece of music so much?And now one of music's most gifted teachers is offering you the opportunity to answer that very question, in a spellbinding series of 32 lectures that will introduce you to the transcendentally beautiful performing art that has enthralled audiences for more than 400 years.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wish It Was Even Longer"
    "Never thought I would be interested in Opera"
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    Professor Greenberg has made me a convert. I started with his survey course and enjoyed it so much (How to listen to great music) I've been working my way through all his offerings. I've listened to several of them multiple times. His excitement and enjoyment of opera in the other sources convinced me to give this one and also the Mozart opera course a try. The course was very enjoyable as are all of his courses I've purchased. My only complaint is I wish this one had extended to more current operas as well. As soon as I could I went to see the Marriage of Figaro. I felt almost like an expert and enjoyed the performance so much more than when I first saw it years ago. Thanks you audible for offering these courses and at such an amazing price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2015)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1178)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    SHEILA says: "The Good Earth"
    "A book of it's times but well performed"
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    I've been working my way through some of Western culture's "classic" literature and have enjoyed many of them. Some I disliked so much I didn't finish them. I did enjoy this performance, and I enjoyed many aspects of the book. I did struggle with a general dislike of pretty much every character however. I kept waiting for the lead character to grow and change but he did not. I'm guessing it's a combination of cultural differences and literary tastes from the early part of the 20th century. I didn't like any characters in the Great Gatsby either and certainly there isn't anyone likeable in Atlas Shrugged. Having listened to this book soon after the Grapes of Wrath, it was difficult not to compare the two, with the Grapes of Wrath being the clear winner. Still, I am glad I made the effort. The narration is very good and I'll be looking for other books done by this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (1393)
    Story
    (1414)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Story Stretching 101"
    "Lots of interesting ideas but gets tedious"
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    I am a big fan of OSC. He comes up with lots of interesting ideas. But sometimes his characters talk too much. Listening to the adolescents bicker over and over and over was difficult to get through. I'm going to listen to the next book just because I'm intrigued by the ideas and want to see where he takes them. But I do wish he'd spend more time polishing the dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (36 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (375)

    Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

    Lee the reader says: "Wonderful, I've wanted this for so long...but..."
    "The bar has been raised"
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    I am in love with Professor Greenberg. I wish I had attended even one lecture in college as interesting, entertaining, and informative as this. And I want more. The others that I had hoped were similar just did not measure up. His wit mixed with his passion for his subject was wonderful. Now I'm going to add all his lectures to my wish list.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4985)
    Performance
    (1859)
    Story
    (1871)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "so glad I took audible's recommendation"
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    I don't think I've ever done this before, but I just finished listening to this and immediately started over back at the beginning. I'm just not ready to leave yet. And I want to go back and hear the things I missed when I wasn't paying close attention the first time. I wish I were a better writer so I could express how much this book resonated to me. My words feel clumsy and inept in comparison. The love of reading, the texture and depth of the story, the atmosphere. I hate to gush but it was wonderful. The book is a homage to Jane Eyre, The Lady in White, Middlemarch, etc. so many of the classics that I've loved over the years. After I finish listening for the second time, I believe I'll re-visit some of my favorites again too. The audio performances were excellent as well, adding to the enjoyment of the story. Bravo! Standing ovation! And thanks Audible for the recommendation.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13663)
    Performance
    (6050)
    Story
    (6130)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Definitely worth the time"
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    I wasn't too sure about this book as I had heard mixed things from others about it. But the narration was so well done, the character developement so rich and the pacing just right. I was hooked and pulled right along with the main character into this dusty dirty rough world. I rooted for the old man and cheered at the ending. I enjoyed the jumping back and forth between time frames, it added to the suspence and provided a breathing space at the same time. I was anxious to find out what would happen next, I cared about these characters. The narration of both the past and the present was just right. Excellent and well done, both the story and the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3355)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1840)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "A Reluctant Convert - a wonderful ride"
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    I have never read any western fiction. I didn't watch the mini-series. I've had friends recommend this book over the years and even purchased a paperback at one time but put it on the shelf unread. I grew up in the southwest and it doesn't hold any particular romantic appeal for me. I only reluctantly decided to give this a try out of desperation - I'm addicted to audio books and needed something long to listen to. But this narration and this story was such a joy, such a wonderful surprise. The characters were so wonderfully rendered, so engaging, the situations so quirky/tragic/rich. Thank you to all the other reviewers who convinced me to give Lonesome Dove a chance. And thank you to Lee Horsley for a wonderful performance. This will definitely go on my list of things to listen to repeatedly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wild Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    It is London, 1914. World War I looms on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and explorers are pushing the limits of endurance in the most forbidding corners of the earth. Into this volatile time, Jennifer Donnelly places her vivid and memorable characters, including Willa Alden, a passionate mountain climber who lost her leg while summiting Kilimanjaro with Seamus Finnegan - and will never forgive him for saving her life.

    Dielle says: "Not what I was hoping for"
    "Not what I was hoping for"
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    I really was primed to enjoy this book. I loved loved loved Revolution by this author and hoped this was similar. But it is not at all. I was hoping for an intriguing story with lots of texture and character and minimal "bodice ripping" but I was for the most part disappointed. I never became involved in any of the characters, never felt invested in what happened to them. Add to that all the bedroom detail and it wasn't an enjoyable ride. The narrator was very good and I would definitely listen to another of her performances, I just wasn't taken in by the story or the characters. By about half way through the book I couldn't justify plowing through the bedroom scenes to find out what happened. I really didn't care any more. It takes a lot for me to stop reading something as I tend to be somewhat OCD about books. And I know a lot of people don't care or even enjoy hearing the details of other peoples' physical encounters but I'd just as soon leave things up to the imagination. If the story is well done and the characters intriguing, I can overcome that obsticle but that wasn't the case in this book. So far, I'm 2 for 3 on trying female authors writing historical fiction. Maybe I'm too picky, I think I'll go back and read some Dickens again...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eva Stachniak
    • Narrated By Beata Pozniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    Her name is Barbara - in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen, and wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great.

    Cookie says: "Not a bodice ripper!"
    "Very Enjoyable - a nice surprise"
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    A Polish narrator telling the story of a Polish character, what could be more appropriate? I enjoyed the story; lots of atmosphere, sympathetic character, intriguing situation. It wasn't just a listing of events but instead of personal retelling that made me feel like I was sitting listening to the woman telling her own story along with the small details (smells, textures, sounds). As far as the narrator, I thought she was perfect. Yes hearing a polish narrator try to imitate an English accent was interesting, but I found it perfect because that's how the real woman would likely have done it. The occasional odd pronunciations were in character. Overall I was pleasantly surprised. I will listen to this one again and recommend it to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1124)

    They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

    FanB14 says: "Prep for Starz Drama"
    "Disappointed in the story"
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    In general I love historical fiction. I love well written biographies. I was hoping for something of both in this. It started with possibility but quickly degenerated into a list of events, with very small personal scenes thrown in at random. Well written historical fiction makes you care about the characters, makes you feel like you are there (the smells, the textures). This book has none of that depth or interest. I made it about half way through and decided it wasn't worth the time to complete. The narration was well done, I would be willing to listen to her again. But I've taken Philippa Gregory off my wish list. And I was so hopeful.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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