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Anne

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  • The Sweet Science

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Liebling
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    This collection of A.J. Liebling's classic New Yorker pieces on the "sweet science of bruising" brings vividly to life the boxing world as it once was. It depicts the great events of boxing's American heyday: Sugar Ray Robinson's dramatic comeback, Rocky Marciano's rise to prominence, Joe Louis' unfortunate decline. Liebling never fails to find the human story behind the fight, and he evokes the atmosphere in the arena as distinctly as he does the goings-on in the ring.

    J says: "Too much on the fights, not enough on the fighters"
    "Excellent perspective on boxing during that era"
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    As a recent convert to rabid boxing fan, I picked up this title. Liebling keeps the listener interested with his astute commentary on boxers from his era and the social factors that were influencing the sport. I looked for another of his books on audio and was disappointed not to find one. The narrator is excellent (and I consider myself picky about narrators).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl in the Sand

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tessa Afshar
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (145)

    Striking beauty comes at a price. Rahab paid it when at the age of 15 she was sold into prostitution by the one man she loved and trusted—her father. With her keen mind and careful planning she turned heartache into success, achieving independence while still young. And she vowed never again to trust a man. Any man. God had other plans. Into the emotional turmoil of her world walked Salmone, a prominent leader of Judah, held in high esteem by all Israel.

    Joshua says: "A woman's heart revealed"
    "Modern girl lives in ancient Jericho"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is a common formula--write a story that supposedly occurred long ago with the main character having the personality characteristics of a 21st century adolescent. This just doesn't work for me. Add to that a not-so-good narrator, who stumbles over middle Eastern names and uses caricature voices, and you have a not-so-good read.


    Would you recommend Pearl in the Sand to your friends? Why or why not?

    Nope.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laural Merlington’s performances?

    Probably not unless she got great ratings from other listeners.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (955)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "overwraught"
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    I typically like drama in the narrator, but Alan Cumming was overly dramatic to the point of distraction. And his mock-German accent was inconsistent and unrealistic. Ugh. The story itself was an unsettling mixture of admiration for the teen heros, painting them first as naive and then as smarter than the surrounding adults. I typically enjoy fiction aimed at preteens and teens, but in this case, I found it a waste of my listening time. And the final straw was that the story ended in the middle. Clearly a setup for a sequel, but without enough resolution to make one feel that they had arrived at anything other than a disappointing break in the story. And if you want to hear the end, you better buy the next installment. I'll save my money and my credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4228)
    Performance
    (2696)
    Story
    (2726)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Difficult listen"
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    I love both of the authors and therefore chose this audiobook without much thought. While the narrator is very good, the story skips from thread to thread without enough of a break, making it difficult to follow the story line without intense concentration. If you want comedic zingers, this is a good listen. If you want to also enjoy the story line, pick this up as a traditional paper book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (623)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "Like visiting with Carol"
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    The author is not the world's best narrator, but since Carol Burnett is reading her own memoir, and since her voice is so well known to those of us who love her, having her narrate is like sitting down with her to reminisce. Wonfderful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents - And Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jane Gross
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (15)

    In telling the intimate story of caring for her aged and ailing mother, Jane Gross offers indispensable, and often surprising, advice for the rapidly increasing number of adult children responsible for aging parents. Gross deftly weaves the specifics of her personal experience with a comprehensive resource for effectively managing the lives of one's own parents while keeping sanity and strength intact.

    Anne says: "Exceptional, thought-provoking, liberating!"
    "Exceptional, thought-provoking, liberating!"
    Overall

    This is a fantastic listen--honest and helpful. I am writing from the unusual perspective of an internist who is providing care for the elderly and have aging parents who live 400 miles away (83 and 84 yr--my mother with dementia and my dad aging rapidly under the responsibility of care-taking and the recently learned jobs of cooking, shopping, cleaning, etc etc etc) and 4 brothers who also live at various long-distances. I would recommend this book to any open-minded adult over the age of 45. It should be mandatory for ministers, doctors and nurses. If you belong to a book club, recommend this book. If you don't face some of these issues with your own family members, your friends will. The author gives lots of perspective and information in a fresh and honest way. You won't feel so guilty about those nasty thoughts when you realize that we all feel them (and most of us don't act on them). You will start to have insight into the things you don't know as well as some of the things you feel and do. If you are someone who doesn't have to make every mistake yourself, if you can learn from others experiences, then this is a must-read for you. You will be more likely to cut yourself and your brothers or sisters or parents or children some slack. Sadly, the author may be right that most of those who read the book will be reading it 'too late' because they will have already found themselves in her shoes. All of that said (and I could go on and on), Kate Reading is, as always, a great narrator. You will have no trouble listening. You will have trouble putting the book down.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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