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Susan

Round Lake Beach, IL, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • 587 titles in library
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  • A History of Britain, Volume 1: At the Edge of the World, 3000 B.C. - 1603 A.D.

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    A History of Britain poses questions that have universal timeless resonance. What makes or breaks a nation? To whom do you give your allegiance and why? Where do the roots of your community lie - in your hearth and home, your village or city, your tribe, your faith? And, finally, what is Britain? Also, listen to A History of Britain, Volume 2.

    Dennis says: "Accessible to the lay-person."
    "Interesting if brief ..."
    Overall

    Very interesting review of British history, sorted by reigns rather than events and people. Strictly a political history, little about social, religious or artistic history.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Everything's Eventual: 5 Dark Tales (Unabridged Selections)

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Judith Ivey, Oliver Platt
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (174)

    For longtime Stephen King fans, the highlight of this volume will be The Little Sisters of Eluria, which is something of a prequel to the Dark Tower series. For "Constant Readers" and neophytes alike, all of the dark tales herein are intense, eerie, and instantly compelling. King "develops characters and atmosphere more fully in the span of 50 pages than many authors can in a full novel," says Amazon.com.

    Michael Kannard says: "3 Awesome Stories"
    "Creepy"
    Overall

    The best of the bunch is "Autopsy Room Four," which is so creepy you'll never watch CSI again without thinking about this. Oliver Platt does a great job in reading this. The other stories are OK, but not as memorable as this one.










    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Death in Holy Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    Atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. Not far away, smothered beneath a fall of sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands. When Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to investigate the death, the college is torn apart by another death, a sacrilegious and horrifying murder.

    Jannice says: "Death in Holy Orders - good PBS"
    "Don't try to figure out this who-done-it ..."
    Overall

    ... just enjoy her elegant writing. P.D. James is eloquent in describing the brooding poet, Detective Adam Dalgliesh as he tries to discover who murdered an Anglican seminarian. At some point everyone is a suspect (which must be a requirement in English murder mysteries).

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2351)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (611)

    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
    "I laughed so hard ..."
    Overall

    ... I shook the bed and woke my husband! If you need a giggle download this book! The story of a couch-potato writer who decided to "discover" America by hiking the Appalachian Trail. I've got all the other Bryson books on my audible wish list.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sylvia Nasar
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    John Nash was a mathematician teetering on the brink of international acclaim, but he fell instead into madness. Saved by the love of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community, he went on to win a Nobel Prize and worldwide fame. This is his true story - and a new film starring Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.

    B. W. Larsen says: "Abridged vs Unabridged"
    "Wish I'd read the unabridged version ..."
    Overall

    Interesting story, but wish I'd waited for the unabridged version to become available. Inspiring story of genius and the friendships that nourished it. If you like this you might want to read audible's "The Professor and the Madman" by Simon Winchester, another story about a mad genius.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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