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Ann

Wonderwife, Supermom

United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Modern Scholar: A History of Venice: Queen of the Seas

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (92)
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    (46)
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    (47)

    Renowned professor Thomas F. Madden focuses his expertise on what has been called the most beautiful city in the world: Venice. In these lectures, Professor Madden explains how the city on the lagoon was established by refugees escaping the onslaught of northern “barbarians” invading the crumbling Roman Empire. Through its history, Venice housed the world’s leading merchants, thrived as a maritime powerhouse, and developed into an independent republic not unlike the present United States.

    Bookworm says: "Absolutely fascinating"
    "A Nice Introduction to the History of Venice"
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    I really enjoyed hearing this college lecture series on the History of Venice. I was very interested in the subject, and this aduiobook helped feed my hunger for stories and details about the amazing city. This book is a great place to start, but follow it with "Venice: Pure City" by Peter Ackroyd -- that is a truly remarkable book about the fascinating history, ancient beauty, and timeless wonder of Venice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By Catherine Marshall
    • Narrated By Kellie Martin
    Overall
    (255)
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    (196)
    Story
    (193)

    In the year 1912, 19-year-old Christy Huddleston leaves home to teach school in the Smoky Mountains – and comes to know and love the resilient people of the region, with their fierce pride, their dark superstitions, their terrible poverty, and their yearning for beauty and truth. But her faith will be severely challenged by trial and tragedy, by the needs and unique strengths of two remarkable young men, and by a heart torn between true love and unwavering devotion.

    A User says: "Christy"
    "Insightful and Romantic"
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    This audiobook has a lot to offer. As literature, 'Christy' well-deserved the popularity that it won at the time of original publication -- it was a best-seller. The narration of this audio production was certainly well-done, with an actress who had spent several years portraying the story's main character on television. And this production contained a welcome surprise: an interview with the son of Author Catherine Marshall (and grandson of the "real" Christy). The interview shed light on how much of the book is actually based on real events.

    'Christy' tells the story of a young woman who wants to "do something with her life". It chronicles the growing that comes as a matter of course as young idealists learn the resilience required to become effective makers of change in society.

    'Christy' also makes a mature and nuanced exploration of the Christian "conversion" process. Can a perfectly good God really exist when he allows so much death, suffering, neglect and violence? How can I possibly love people who are willfully ignorant, cruel, and selfish? Where is God? And why, when we're trying to serve him, must we suffer?

    'Christy' is a long book, but certainly enjoyable throughout. It has a strong, unique story, extreme characters, and far-reaching questions. I found it to be a challenging and ultimately uplifting novel that has aged very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is It Just Me?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Miranda Hart
    • Narrated By Miranda Hart
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (229)
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    (229)

    Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

    Lily says: "Cackle Worthy"
    "An Absolute Delight"
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    Would you listen to Is It Just Me? again? Why?

    After finishing listening to Miranda Hart's "Is It Just Me?", I thought to myself: "I'm going to listen to this again in a year or so." It's quite a funny book and had me laughing out loud quite often, but I want to listen again for another reason. Underneath the laughs the book has something wonderful to say about happiness. I think nearly all women sometimes feel that they don't fit the ideal that society, or perhaps they themselves, have set up. I think nearly all women feel some anguish about their inability to measure up from time to time. Beneath all of the laughing and silly stories and absurditiy, Ms. Hart has done a marvelous job of encouraging women to accept themselves, love themselves, enjoy life, and be happy. I was entertained, certainly. But I also came away from the book feeling a bit moved. And happy. And my own version of beautiful. So thank you, Ms. Hart!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • May the Road Rise Up to Meet You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter Troy
    • Narrated By John Keating, Allyson Johnson, Barrie Kreinik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
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    (38)
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    (39)

    Ethan McOwen is an Irish immigrant whose endurance is tested in Brooklyn and the Five Points at the height of its urban destitution; he is among the first to join the famed Irish Brigade and becomes a celebrated war photographer. Marcella, a society girl from Spain, defies her father to become a passionate abolitionist. Mary and Micah are slaves of varying circumstances, who form an instant connection and embark on a tumultuous path to freedom. All four lives unfold in two beautiful love stories, which eventually collide.

    Cheimon says: "Four passionate performances give wings to story"
    "Magnificent"
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    What did you love best about May the Road Rise Up to Meet You?

    I am so thankful to have stumbled onto this book. The story is beautiful and breathtaking, full of love and hope and all of the best in human experience. The characters face the extremes and troubles of their age, but they manage to endure and live and hope on. We experience vicariously what it might have been like to be such people. I am left with a heart warmed and a mind challenged. I am a better person for having read this book.

    While written for adults, I feel that the novel is appropriate for teenagers. Important adult themes are handled with decency. Profanity, while present, is not glorified nor prevalent.

    I experienced the story in audible format, and I wish to mention that having the book read by four superb actors was a great enhancement to an already remarkable work. The music in the Irish, Southern and Spannish voices is not to be missed, and I was impressed by how each of the actors showed excellent range. These vocal performances are a beautiful enhancement to a magnificent novel.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Suldrun’s Garden: Lyonesse: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jack Vance
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (54)
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    (53)

    The Elder Isles, located in what is now the Bay of Biscay off the coast of Old Gaul, are made up of 10 contending kingdoms, all vying with each other for control. At the centre of much of the intrigue is Casmir, the ruthless and ambitious king of Lyonnesse. His beautiful but otherworldly daughter, Suldrun, is part of his plans. He intends to cement an alliance or two by marrying her well. But Suldrun is as determined as he and defies him.

    J. Renton says: "Starts slow,,,gets really fun later on"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    I bought this book on audible because it came recommended as one of the greatest fantasy books of all time. I don't understand why it gets that recommendation. I didn't like the way that characters in this book have little meaningful interaction. In fact, when the author mannages to finally get his two main characters together (spending half of the book to get there), he skips over interraction and then immediately zooms ahead in time. Maybe some people love lots of description, but I prefer reading of human connection. So this book is not for me. I moved on to some LLoyd Alexander instead, and was much more satisfied.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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