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Elizabeth

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  • All But My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gerda Weissmann Klein
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    A classic of Holocaust literature, Gerda Weissmann Klein's celebrated memoir tells the moving story of a young woman's 3 frightful years as a slave laborer of the Nazis and her miraculous liberation. All But My Life stands as the ultimate lesson in humanity, hope, and friendship.

    Michael says: "All But My Life"
    "Wonderful bio from teen/young adult perspective"
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    If you could sum up All But My Life in three words, what would they be?

    Tragic, youth, friendship


    What other book might you compare All But My Life to and why?

    The Seamtress (very good!)


    What about Grace Conlin’s performance did you like?

    The accents


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

    When she lost her best friend.


    Any additional comments?

    This true story is through the eyes of Gerda as a teen to young adult during the Holocaust. It is very frank about her beliefs and feelings, for instance the man who wanted to marry her but she did not love. This was almost a tragedy within a tragedy. I enjoyed Gerda sharing her life, especially marrying the US soldier that liberated her. I also liked the last part of the book describing how Gerda coped with her past. A wonderfully strong woman who knew herself well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4085)
    Performance
    (1574)
    Story
    (1590)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Odd Thomas is a great character!"
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    What did you love best about Odd Thomas?

    Odd Thomas is so unassuming about his talent. He wants to be a regular guy but has this strange insight. He also has parents that are relatable. The story has a good mix of humor and mystery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Odd Thomas?

    In the diner when the bad spirits sweep in.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - he does a good job with the Odd Thomas series


    If you could take any character from Odd Thomas out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Odd Thomas!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (738)

    In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

    deborah says: "Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
    "Solid insight of a past event"
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    Would you listen to The Murder of the Century again? Why?

    Possibly. If I read more on the trial covered in the story from other sources.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Just generally the scenes of the accused in prison and the way they reconciled their infamy!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    My 15 minutes of fame due to the media!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen. Leaves you with the sense that the media has always been ridiculous and makes heros of the wrong sort. The real news goes unnoticed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2312)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (845)

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "Great story with great characters - very unique!"
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    What did you love best about Brother Odd?

    The setting and the fear factor of the unknown. The story was great pulling the good forces (people) together. Good mystery.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes - it solidly drew the listerner in. Not a rush of intensity but a growing intensity allowing the listener to try and solve the mystery.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David M. Kennedy
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (101)

    Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. This Pulitzer Prize–winning history tells the story of how Americans endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities. The Depression was both a disaster and an opportunity. As David Kennedy vividly demonstrates, the economic crisis of the 1930s was far more than a simple reaction to the alleged excesses of the 1920s.

    Ray says: "Good summary of a pivotal time."
    "Informative!"
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    Would you listen to Freedom from Fear again? Why?

    Definitely! It covers a time period that had much turmoil for America and ultimately after WWII American way of life changed dramatically.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3694)
    Performance
    (3216)
    Story
    (3188)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Amanda says: "WOW, WOW, WOW."
    "Boring, Insulting, Repetitive and oh, Boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A good story without the constant repeating of text. This could have been a shortened to a 4 - 6 hour listen. However, even if shortened, the story lacked substance and was ridiculous, but I could have saved my time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Definitely NOT!


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrators did a good job considering the boring story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked Aomame and Tengo as characters. The story sucked.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother wasting your time on this book. The author seems to marvel in his own written word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2407)
    Performance
    (2029)
    Story
    (2032)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Arken says: "Great storytelling"
    "Wonderful! People's lives building to WWII"
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    Would you listen to The Winds of War again? Why?

    Absolutely! The characters are great. You feel as you know them. I enjoyed the factual history woven into the story describing the everyday person's life in the US building up to WWII. It is written as if in the moment not with hindsight.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Victor "Pug" Henry. He was a man of his time. He had principles, and wanted to get the job done well, whatever it was.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Henry's were in Berlin.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    US pre WWII


    Any additional comments?

    Follow-up with War and Remembrance - you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1638)
    Performance
    (1376)
    Story
    (1364)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Awesome! Great historical fiction!"
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    What did you love best about War and Remembrance?

    The historical accuracy with the fictional characters woven in to make the story entertaining. Very well written and prompted you to put yourself in the characters shoes. Great story to cause remembrance of WWII and the history of what happened to Jews.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War and Remembrance?

    When Natalie was summoned to the SS and her baby's life threatened.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pariseau’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, The Winds of War. It was good too. He seamlessly goes between characters in the dialog. He has a great voice for audiobooks and I will look for books where he is the reader. Good accents too.


    If you could rename War and Remembrance, what would you call it?

    War and What would you do? The author describes the moral dilemmas of the characters' lives. Human morality and how people react.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend both the Winds of War and its sequel War and Remembrance. I didn't want it to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2562)
    Performance
    (2376)
    Story
    (2379)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Mystery Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Good Story and Characters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Joyland to be better than the print version?

    No - I would think they would be equal


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Joyland?

    Finding out about why the ghost was in the funhouse.


    If you could rename Joyland, what would you call it?

    I think the title is perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    Good story of the "permanent" type of carnivals and fairs before the huge amusement parks came into existence. Good mix of noble and sinister characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Brother's Voice: How a Young Hungarian Boy Survived the Holocaust: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen Nasser, Sherry Rosenthal
    • Narrated By Maxwell Glick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Stephen 'Pista' Nasser was 13 years old when the Nazis whisked him and his family away from their home in Hungary to Auschwitz. His memories of that terrifying experience are still vivid, and his love for his brother Andris still brings a husky tone to his voice when he remembers the terrible ordeal they endured together. Stephen's account of the Holocaust, told in the refreshingly direct and optimistic language of a young boy, will help every listener to understand that the Holocaust was real.

    Elizabeth says: "Important story but written without details"
    "Important story but written without details"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The story was written like a TV serial - very episodic with no details to knit the story together. The best part of the entire audiobook was the 15 minute interview with the author at the end. However, the person interviewing seemed inept but Stephen Nasser was great. The narrator was reading the book like it was a Lassie episode - full of exclamations, child-like not conveying the serious side of the holocaust. I thought at first the narrator was a woman and was confused as to the main characters gender.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    No reaction


    Did Maxwell Glick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not the right book for him to narrate.


    Do you think My Brother's Voice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I would choose another holocaust survivor book - there are many wonderful ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being There

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jerzy Kosinski
    • Narrated By Dustin Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (174)

    Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture. Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon.

    Ilana says: "Darkly Funny"
    "Strange and interesting story. I liked it!"
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    If you could sum up Being There in three words, what would they be?

    Missing the obvious!


    What about Dustin Hoffman’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job of representing the main character. You could envision the character's physical look based on the voice Hoffman used.


    If you could rename Being There, what would you call it?

    News media and elected officials, a partnership that deserves each other.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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