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Marsha

Lexington, KY, USA

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  • 6 reviews
  • 90 ratings
  • 126 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • The World According to Garp

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (197)

    Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. The World According to Garp is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow", yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust.

    CH says: "Terrific"
    "Beautifully written and performed"
    Overall

    This book is amazing because it contains short stories and the first chapter of a novel written by the main character. It takes you from the women's movement with a nontraditional nurse and allows you to grow up with the main character through issues of sex, marriage, tragedy, and love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (242)

    In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

    Lorac says: "Badly Abridged"
    "Great if you skip the introduction"
    Overall

    This author wants to point out SEVERAL times that he is trying to be non biased, but it is just overkill. The rest of the book is very interesting though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6187)
    Performance
    (1769)
    Story
    (1794)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    I love this book and I loved the audio book even more because I could listen to it at work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Medieval World I: Kingdoms, Empires, and War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    This all-encompassing investigation of a highly influential time period includes the major events of the era and informative discussion of empire, papacy, the Crusades, and the fall of Constantinople. During the course of these lectures, Professor Madden also addresses the rise of Islam, reform movements, and schisms in the church. In so doing, Professor Madden underscores the significance and grand scale of an age that continues to hold an undeniable fascination for people today.

    Chi-Hung says: "Another good course from a master"
    "Excellent course, not so excellent professor"
    Overall

    The course is very interesting and has a lot of good history in it, but the professor tends to stammer and repeat himself which makes it a bit annoying to listen to.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8843)
    Performance
    (3073)
    Story
    (3148)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Another plot twist"
    Overall

    Though it was similar to his other books, I enjoyed it because it still has that plot twist that you never see coming.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitler Book

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Henrik Eberle, Matthias Uhl
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Joseph Stalin had never been able to shake off the nightmare of Adolf Hitler and in 1945 was unwilling to believe that the dictator had committed suicide in the debris of the Berlin bunker. In his paranoia, Stalin ordered his secret police, the NKVD, precursor to the KGB, to explore in detail every last vestige of the private life of the only man he considered a worthy opponent, and to clarify beyond doubt the circumstances of his death.

    John says: "Historical Value, But Not For What You Think"
    "Interesting, but long"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book because it had a lot of insight into Hitler as a person as well as Socialist Idealogy, but it was very hard to get through, especially because the last few weeks of the war drag on.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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