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WriterGirl

WriterGirl

Washington, D.C. | Member Since 2003

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  • A Coffin for Dimitrios

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Eric Ambler
    • Narrated By Alexander Spencer
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    An early classic of espionage fiction. Through the cafés, trains and nighttime cities of Europe, Charles Latimer follows a twisting trail of drug-smugglers, thieves and assassins that will lead him to Dimitrios.

    WriterGirl says: "A most enjoyable history and geography lesson"
    "A most enjoyable history and geography lesson"
    Overall

    I first heard this story many years ago when it came out on cassette tape. I was driving across Europe, listeing to this story about an author who traveled across Europe in search of the reasons why in a dead man's life. I still enjoy listening to it today. Mr. Spencer was a good choice to narrate this story. The film, "The Mask of Dimitrios" runs pretty close to the book and I couldn't imagine better actors than Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet and Zachary Scott to play the characters as originally written by the author. Mr. Ambler's descriptions of characters are sympathetic and on the mark. Desparation, frustration, unrequited love and greed are well written. Highly recommended for those who are able to place their imaginations back in the 1930s.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Federal Rules of Evidence Simplified!: Perfect Study Tool for Every Law Student & Practicing Attorney

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Benjamin Morton
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    This audiobook will let you learn and review the core elements of federal evidence rules which apply in most states and local districts as well. Morton covers the 11 important areas: General Provisions, Judicial Notice, Presumptions, Relevancy, Privileges, Witnesses, Opinions & Expert Testimony, Hearsay, Authentication & Identification, Contents of WritingRecordingsPhotos & Miscellaneous Rules. A must listen for every law student, lawyer, and people interested in the law or involved in legal cases.

    WriterGirl says: "Okay for students"
    "Okay for students"
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    Would you try another book from Benjamin Morton and/or Deaver Brown?

    Yes to Ben Morton, no t D. Brown. The content was good but listening to the reader was a chore.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?

    No thank you.


    Was The Federal Rules of Evidence Simplified! worth the listening time?

    As a 2nd year law student coming up on midterm exams, it was nice to listen to this content as review.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Peter Janney
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    A shocking expos on the life and death of political peace activist Mary Pinchot Meyer, whose relationship with John F. Kennedy sheds new light on the circumstances surrounding his assassination. Who really murdered Mary Pinchot Meyer in the fall of 1964? Why was there a mad rush by CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton to immediately locate and confiscate her diary? What in that diary was so explosive and revealing?

    WriterGirl says: "Another peace lover dies by violence."
    "Another peace lover dies by violence."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mary's Mosaic to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mary's Mosaic?

    Discovering more about Ben Bradley beyond the Watergate scandal, the real (?) story about Phil and Katherine Graham and the Luces, and the author's agonizing discovery about his father.


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

    It was interesting all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a murder that morphed into a bizarre conspiracy. I am not surprised that the CIA may have been behind the coverups and killings. Their arrogance likely led them to make some mistakes that helped the defense counsel for the patsy in the long run.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Philip Shenon
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Philip Shenon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    A groundbreaking, explosive account of the Kennedy assassination that will rewrite the history of the 20th century's most controversial murder investigation. The questions have haunted our nation for half a century: Was the President killed by a single gunman? Was Lee Harvey Oswald part of a conspiracy? Did the Warren Commission discover the whole truth of what happened on November 22, 1963? Philip Shenon, a veteran investigative journalist who spent most of his career at The New York Times, finally provides many of the answers.

    WriterGirl says: "For the Warren Commission apologists,..."
    "For the Warren Commission apologists,..."
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This story was told from the point of view of those who worked on the commission. It was interesting to hear how some of the members changed their views as the investigation progressed and how some stuck with their initial impressions no matter what evidence they came across. At first they decried the conspiracy theorists, but later understood why people still questioned who was actually involved in this henious crime. Everyone comes in for their share of criticism but in the end, the CIA, the Hoover era FBI and the Secret Service all still need to account for their lapses in sharing information before and after the assassination. Is it any wonder that conspiracy theories thrive when so many questions remain unanswered?


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was good.


    Could you see A Cruel and Shocking Act being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really. If Hollywood got hold of this, a lot of the historical facts would probably be lost in favor of more drama.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (645)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "Interesting account of a true investigation"
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    What made the experience of listening to No One Would Listen the most enjoyable?

    Scott Brick is a very good reader. He reminds me of Frank Muller.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Author/reader used tracks from live congressional hearings to demonstrate the outrage of how Madoff got away with his scheme for so long.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I thought the author's recommendations were good but hard to implement because, whether he likes it or not, politicians pass the legislation on which policy and regulations are based. In this time of sequestration, few people will ask for more funds and put their promotion chances in jeorpardy. Also, comparing the SEC to the IRS is not fair. The IRS brings in revenue for the government by collecting taxes. Most other agencies spend money, although that is their job, cutting costs in budgets is what gets people promoted. Time will tell how any changes are implemented and how effective they will be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Julian Hawthorne (editor)
    • Narrated By Scott Woodside
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In the six volumes of the Library of the World’s Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Julian Hawthorne presents us thrilling and mysterious short stories from all corners of the world. Some of the stories appeared in this 1907 collection for the first time translated into English, and many of them come from unexpected sources, such as the letters of Pliny the Younger, or a Tibetan manuscript. In the first volume, we find stories written by American authors.

    WriterGirl says: "Reader should have learned French."
    "Reader should have learned French."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The first few stories were written by French authors. Unfortunately the reader had not learned French and he mispronounced such simple words as "monsieur" which he pronounced as "moan-sewer." As a lifelong mystery reader, some of these stories were predictable. So, I look for how the story is told. They were so-so overall.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Woodside?

    Anyone who knew how to speak French.


    Was Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories worth the listening time?

    Not really.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Caesars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Suetonius
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    The Twelve Caesars was written based on the information of eyewitnesses and public records. It conveys a very accurate picture of court life in Rome and contains some of the raciest and most salacious material to be found in all of ancient literature. The writing is clear, simple and easy to understand, and the numerous anecdotes of juicy scandal, bitter court intrigue, and murderous brigandage easily hold their own against the most spirited content of today's tabloids.

    Robyn says: "A pleasure to read..."
    "Just the gory details, please."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to an ancient history or roman history buff.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I cannot say I had a favorite ceaser because I learned new or different facts/gossip about each. The author had a unique viewpoint of the 12 and it was interesting to compare, say, the history of Claudius to the work of Claudius translated by Robert Graves.


    What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

    His narration was adequate.


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

    I wanted to listen to this in parts rather than try to take it all in at one listen. Some stories were a little juicier than others and I wanted to listen to them more than once.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (241)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "Can't be more enthusiastic"
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    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and/or Scott Sowers?

    I do not know if I would listen to another book written solely by Preston. This is too bad because I like the Preston/Child duo. Sowers was decent narrator, had good pronuciation on most words I knew.


    If you’ve listened to books by Douglas Preston before, how does this one compare?

    It was too easy for me to guess the premise of the story and who was responsible for the


    Which character – as performed by Scott Sowers – was your favorite?

    None of the characters engaged me. As mentioned by previous reviewers, the characters were stereo-typed.There was no real hero, although I suppose there were distinct villians.


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

    I would not bother to see this if it were made into a film.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marc Scott Zicree
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    The Twilight Zone Companion is the complete show-by-show guide to one of television's greatest series. Zicree's well-written account is fascinating reading for even the casual fan. Coverage of each episode includes a plot synopsis, Rod Serling's opening narration, behind-the-scenes stories from the original artists who created the series, and a complete list of cast and credits.

    Cully says: "A Fave-- Glad It's Finally On Audio..."
    "Pretty good"
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    Where does The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks very high among the books I have listened to so far because it covers the impressions of the writers and actors who actually worked on the show rather than some 3rd party commentator. The author covered all of the stories to include the ones that were not included in the syndication.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Like the author, I favored the stories with Burgess Meredith. He was a brilliant actor in any genre.


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents were pretty good and his Rod Sterling impressions brought the humor that should have been there. There was also tragedy and bewilderment, well portrayed by the narrator.


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

    I did want to listen to the entire book in one sitting. I kept going back over the parts I wanted to hear over again.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a reading of a compendium so listeners shouldn't expect this to listen like other nonfiction works.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Terrible Swift Sword: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Vol. 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bruce Catton
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    Terrible Swift Sword (Vol. 2): The dismissal of George McClellan and the rise of Ulysses S. Grant.

    Bryan says: "No Better History of the Civil War"
    "Great Story and great reader"
    Overall

    I was soooo happy when Audible finally got all 3 of the Bruce Catton series. No one book can cover an entire epoch but Catton does a great job in capturing the personalities of the Civil War. Make sure you also listen to "The Coming Fury" and "Never Call Retreat" to complete the set. Nelson Runger is my favorite reader for historical works and he does a great job with the entire 60+ hours of material. You can also listen to Shelby Foote's version for another take on this important American event.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming Fury: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bruce Catton
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    >The New York Times hailed this trilogy as “one of the greatest historical accomplishments of our time”. With stunning detail and insights, America’s foremost Civil War historian recreates the war from its opening months to its final, bloody end. Each volume delivers a complete listening experience. The Coming Fury (Volume 1) covers the split Democratic Convention in the spring of 1860 to the first battle of Bull Run.

    Bryan says: "History As It Should Be"
    "Great story, great narrator"
    Overall

    I was soooo happy when Audible finally got all 3 of the Bruce Catton series. No one book can cover an entire epoch but Catton does a great job in capturing the personalities of the Civil War. Make sure you also listen to "Terrible Swift Sword" and "Never Call Retreat" to complete the set. Nelson Runger is my favorite reader for historical works and he does a great job with the entire 60+ hours of material. You can also listen to Shelby Foote's version for another take on this important American event.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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