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  • Watergate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Thomas Mallon
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (101)

    For all the monumental documentation that Watergate generated - uncountable volumes of committee records, court transcripts, and memoirs - it falls at last to a novelist to perform the work of inference (and invention) that allows us to solve some of the scandal’s greatest mysteries - who did erase those eighteen-and-a-half minutes of tape? - and to see this gaudy American catastrophe in its human entirety. In Watergate, Thomas Mallon conveys the drama and high comedy of the Nixon presidency through the urgent perspectives of seven characters we only thought we knew.

    Tad Davis says: "A great listen"
    "INTERESTING APPROACH"
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    What made the experience of listening to Watergate the most enjoyable?

    I had forgotten the chronology of the Watergate scandal and how all the people involved were connected. Though much of the dialogue is "best guess" stuff, it did explain a lot to me about the possible motivations for all of the participants, including Nixon and rosemary Woods. There were a few surprises!


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  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2320)
    Performance
    (2043)
    Story
    (2030)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Give me more!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The development of the characters over decades was fascinating. The storyline was not predictable and kept me listening. I'm also from Wichita and I was surprised how accurately the city was recounted over the years.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Chaperone and why?

    The Chaperone herself because she began to understand what it meant to grow throughout life. Her underlying values were ones I could admire and it was easy to cheer for her.


    Any additional comments?

    The longer the story went on, the more mesmerizing it became. It did seem to go slowly in the beginning which is why I would rate it a 4.5 if possible. In the final chapters, it was so interesting to think about the young woman at the beginning of the book and the same woman and her family at the end. I would be perfectly happy with a sequel beginning with a new family member, perhaps her granddaughter! The narration was spot on.

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