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Elaine

Shaker Heights, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Italian Shoes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    With more than 30 million copies of his works published, in 37 languages, award-winning author Henning Mankell may be Sweden's most accomplished novelist. Here he crafts the icy, atmospheric tale of Fredrik Welin, a disgraced surgeon living in exile on a small island. When Fredrik receives a surprise visit from a lover he abandoned decades earlier, he begins the difficult road to redemption.

    E. Golladay says: "Wonderful"
    "Mankell at his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes, it is sort of a mystery, but much more about his character's coming to terms with the life he has lived and facing the results of choices he made that left him emotionally cut off from others, as he is physically cut off on his island in northern Sweden.
    Filled with interesting characters, and a giant anthill growing in the living room, it is
    somewhat offbeat. I enjoyed it and was sorry when it ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Anderson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (323)

    Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "The "Real" Story"
    "Exellent introduction to the current Middle East c"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to Lawrence in Arabia again? Why?

    Yes, it is full of detail that I would like to listen to with a map
    of the Middle East in 1910 in front of me !


    What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His delivery and emphasis increased my understanding.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of the folly of the english attack on the Dardenelles.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy history told in an engaging manner, you will appreciate the detail
    in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1310)

    In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

    Tango says: "Your ears are in for a real treat"
    "too much of same ??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Hugh Howey and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

    I might try another one, but this got boring after awhile, so predictable.


    If you’ve listened to books by Hugh Howey before, how does this one compare?

    I liked WOOL much better


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2444)
    Performance
    (1806)
    Story
    (1809)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "Something was missing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the focus on the love affairs of Ambassador Dodd's daughter, while illuminating some of life in Berlin in the early 1930's, was too much a focus of the book. The writing, and
    the pertormance at times, was pedantic and at times almost trite.
    The subject, the gradual, invidious influence of the Nazi party in the early 30's and the brutality of the SS and the SA were startling against the backdrop of summer trysts in
    the German countryside.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Some focus on the lives of other characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration seemed stilted.


    Was In the Garden of Beasts worth the listening time?

    Maybe


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clue of the New Shoe

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Arthur W. Upfield
    • Narrated By Peter Hosking
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    The nude body of a man is discovered entombed in the walls of Split Point Lighthouse on the South-East Coast of Australia. Investigating the crime Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, the half-aborigine detective, wonders why a coffin is moved at night, who was the girl struggling with Dick Lake on the cliff top, and what caused the Bully Buccaneers to deal in death. Superintendent Bolt said, 'It's the toughest job we've ever had to bash open.' An ordinary policeman could afford to fail, but Bony never....

    Elaine says: "Mystery in Australia"
    "Mystery in Australia"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Clue of the New Shoe the most enjoyable?

    The reader did a great job w/dialect and descriptions of Australia were interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Understated mystery, minimum of explicit violence, and interesting local characters


    Any additional comments?

    Fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Believing the Lie: An Inspector Lynley Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (353)

    Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man's uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio's digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

    Joanne says: "Not Elizabeth George's best..."
    "so disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, make the story interesting, and not so focused on issues having little to do with the
    'mystery'.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have loved her books in the past, may go back and read an earlier one that I missed.


    Do you think Believing the Lie needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6695)
    Performance
    (5958)
    Story
    (5958)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Not my cup of tea"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not especially, never really engaged me


    What was most disappointing about Erin Morgenstern’s story?

    Too fantastical for me.


    What aspect of Jim Dale’s performance would you have changed?

    the performance was fine, it was the content I didn't enjoy !


    Do you think The Night Circus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2121)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1378)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Suspension of belief"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Interesting construct w/people traveling back in time, trying not to change the the events.
    Amazing depiction of London during the Blitz, well drawn characters, not the military,
    but ordinary peoples they struggled to live their lives under amazing circumstances.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4647)
    Performance
    (2115)
    Story
    (2103)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Great capture of 5 year old's thinking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    this was an interesting story, that captured the relationship between single mother and child who are confounded in isolation for years.
    I held my attention and you could imagine the room they shared w/no difficulty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virgin River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1667)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1171)

    Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town's ad for help. Nestled amongst California's giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters - including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.

    Houston mom says: "Great author if you like Nora Roberts!"
    "Romantic "chick" lit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was ok, at best. predictable, story of young woman/s attempt to deal with untimely death of her husband by trying the 'geographical "cure, moving from a busy LA hospital to sa small town in Washington state.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (883)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "not for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    rarely do I not finish a book, but I couldn't get interested in the characters and
    their exploits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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