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Charlene

Philadelphia, MS, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 82 titles in library
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  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1082)
    Performance
    (964)
    Story
    (971)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "Excellent writin performed excellently."
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    What did you love best about Call the Midwife?

    I love non-fictional first hand tales like this and this writer was really good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sister Monica Joan made me laugh, think and want to cry.


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    Nicola Barber seemed to have the rare talent of a great voice and an understanding of the material that allows her to read the story with the right emphasis on the right things. Her various accents were brilliant. I would actually choose anther book on the strength of her reading it alone.


    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Chicago Death Trap: The Iroquois Theatre Fire of 1903

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nat Brandt
    • Narrated By Gary Regal
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    On the afternoon of December 30, 1903, during a sold-out matinee performance, a fire broke out in Chicago's Iroquois Theatre. In the short span of twenty minutes, more than six hundred people were asphyxiated, burned, or trampled to death in a panicked mob's failed attempt to escape. In Chicago Death Trap: The Iroquois Theatre Fire of 1903, Nat Brandt provides a detailed chronicle of this horrific event to assess not only the titanic tragedy of the fire itself but also the municipal corruption and greed that kindled the flames beforehand and the political cover-ups hidden in the smoke and ash afterwards.

    Charlene says: "Facinating Acount of a Great Tragedy"
    "Facinating Acount of a Great Tragedy"
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    Where does Chicago Death Trap rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What other book might you compare Chicago Death Trap to and why?

    I would compare this to any of David McCullough's works. The author took a well known historic event and told what happened from many points of view so that you got the whole, real picture in the end.


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

    Yes, on a long road trip.


    Any additional comments?

    The tragic events in this book are hard to hear about, but anyone intending to design or build public buildings should be required to listen or read it. The best way to prevent repeating bad history is to know about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1737)
    Performance
    (1482)
    Story
    (1461)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Stacey says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "Thought Provoking Read"
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    What did you love best about Wheat Belly?

    Well thought out and presented argument.


    Any additional comments?

    Although, you need to research further before deciding that the ideas presented are true, it is a good place to begin thinking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mating in Captivity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Esther Perel
    • Narrated By Esther Perel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (97)

    Esther Perel takes on tough questions, grappling with the obstacles and anxieties that arise when our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. She invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.

    Grant says: "Intimacy is in the eye of the beholder."
    "Great Book to Get A Conversation Started"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mating in Captivity to be better than the print version?

    Maybe, I loved listening, but her pronunciation of many words had me pausing to realize what she said. That interrupts the thought process a little, but over all, it was really good.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would be a really good tool in discussions with married people who may or may not be having difficulties. It could help solve a problem or just enrich an already good relationship.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roy Benaroch
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

    Kim Ely says: "Not just for the medical community........"
    "Great Read for Medical People and Those Who Aren't"
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    Would you listen to Medical School for Everyone again? Why?

    I would. It was very informative with out being tedious.


    What other book might you compare Medical School for Everyone to and why?

    I have recommended this to many. My friend who are in medical care of one kind or another because the systematic process of diagnosis can help anyone who gives medical care.


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

    I did.


    Any additional comments?

    The teaching method of this physician was patient without being condescending. I learned at lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (212)

    From the cohost of Fox & Friends, the true story of the anonymous spies who helped win the Revolutionary War. Among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution, six names are missing. First and foremost, Robert Townsend, an unassuming and respected businessman from Long Island, who spearheaded the spy ring that covertly brought down the British

    kevin says: "Great Read"
    "Worst Reader Ever!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No One!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of George Washington's Secret Six?

    Have no clue, I could not listen to the reader.


    Would you be willing to try another one of uncredited’s performances?

    No!


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

    I don't know, I couldn't listen to this horrible reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I waited for this book to come out on audio from the first I heard of it. The reader ruined it. I tried 2 different time to listen and could not. Please get some one else to read it. I would still love to hear it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America: Southern Biography Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Meredith Mason Brown
    • Narrated By Todd Barsness
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Meredith Mason Brown traces Daniel Boone's life from his Pennsylvania childhood to his experiences in the militia and his rise as an unexcelled woodsman, explorer, and backcountry leader. In the process, we meet the authentic Boone: he didn't wear coonskin caps; he read and wrote better than many frontiersmen; he was not the first to settle Kentucky; he took no pleasure in killing Indians. At once a loner and a leader, a Quaker who became a skilled frontier fighter, Boone is a study in contradictions.

    Matt says: "Ok book...strange writing style"
    "Excellent Account of An American Icon"
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    Would you listen to Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America again? Why?

    I love the personal side of history and this certainly was a personal story. You get a good account of his triumphs and his failures with the hows and whys of both,


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America?

    The death of his second son at the hands of the indians in a battle that should not have taken place except for bravado and pride was most memorable.


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

    The reader mispronounced some words which I found distracting, however on the whole he was very good. I listen to books in the car while driving and I coldn't be reading myself so readers like Todd are essential.


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

    I wanted to listen to all of it at once. The details in it were not things I already knew and I found it facinating.


    Any additional comments?

    The research of this material must have taken a long time and I really appreciate the authors effort in bringing these facts to me iin such a concise and entertaining way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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