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Robin

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  • Rilla of Ingleside

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By L.M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Rilla Blythe, youngest daughter of Anne, is almost 15 in 1914. As her brothers and friends prepare to go off to battle, the irrepressible Rilla realizes that she will be changed forever and the world will never be the same.

    Robin says: "great insight into world war I"
    "great insight into world war I"
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    What made the experience of listening to Rilla of Ingleside the most enjoyable?

    I had listened to all of the Anne stories in order. This was a nice continuation of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I especially liked the insight into the world war 1 conflict. since this was written so close to the time of the war, I can trust that the responses were true to what real people went through during that time.


    What about Barbara Caruso’s performance did you like?

    She did a nice job of capturing the personalities in the story and adding to their interest.


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  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (891)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (661)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Inspiring content"
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    the content of this book was really inspiring. I found the reading performance smooth. I was able to concentrate on the content and never noticed any irritations with the reading. It made me want to study calculus. The content was pretty heady, but offered in an interesting story telling manner. I found it interesting to notice that the greatest minds of history had a deep belief in a judeo christian god. The author seems to discount this as an hinderance, however the greatest geniuses in science, music and politics seem to have emerged from these cultures. Was it simply the God they worshiped or the lifestyle of this society that gave us so many great thinkers.

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  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (965)
    Story
    (960)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
    "Not really a children's book."
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    The first book the "Sword in the Stone" is very much like the Disney movie. I suppose the movie was adapted from this book. With the exception of some cursing, this first book would be acceptable for children and hold their interest. This first book is magical and full of childish adventure. I would attribute this to Mr White's writing style rather than the actual legends of Arthur. The other books which follow are much more adult in content and story line and seem to follow the traditional accounts of the Arthur stories. It seems that many adults are writing reviews which indicate they enjoy these books themselves.
    I did find the Arthur saga interesting and an older child (teen) who is particularly curious about the legends would find this writing more entertaining. I found it enlightening, being an American, to gain a greater understanding of the coming together of the diverse influences which formed the culture of the British Isles. I began to wonder what role the Arthur stories might have played in bringing these people all together as one nation. Arthur belonged to the people; his character is noble while not infallible.
    There is debate as to whether these stories are purely legend or if they are rooted in any real truth. I began to wonder about the original writers and their purposes if they be historical fact or to write for a different purpose.
    Some of the stories even bear similarity to biblical stories. With Arthur being similar to King David and Lancelot similar to Samson. Most writers of the dark and middle ages. were religiously trained. Was this a creative way to train the people in catechism or make them more accepting of Christianity.

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