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Fictionwriter

I'm a writer of everything from children's picture books to fiction to memoir. I usually listen to nonfiction, mostly history, on Audible simply because I prefer to read novels on the page. The only exception to that rule is short stories and I'm partial to the Selected Shorts Anthologies.

Massachusetts | Member Since 2008

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  • Homage to Catalonia

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
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    (79)
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    (77)

    In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the P.O.U.M. militia to fight against the Fascists. In this now justly famous account of his experience, he describes both the bleak and the comic aspects of trench warfare on the Aragon front, the Barcelona uprising in May 1937, his nearly fatal wounding just two weeks later, and his escape from Barcelona into France after the P.O.U.M. was suppressed.

    Roger says: "Engaging insight into Orwell's political education"
    "An excellent study of the Spanish Civil War"
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    George Orwell is worth listening to on any subject. I recommend this and DOWN AND OUT IN LONDON AND PARIS. History as it happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (141)

    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

    Michael Eaton says: "The Greatest Spy -- Ever Discovered"
    "Another Macintyre stunner"
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    I've been a huge fan of Ben Macintyre's books since I first read AGENT ZIGZAG, and this is the best. Everybody's heard of Kim Philby, but the author shows so clearly what a divided and dishonest man he was, one who betrayed his friends, his country, his many wives all for the Communist cause. And yet, in the end, he betrayed himself as he lived out his last years in Russia, longing for his old club pals and a good whiskey and a cricket game. Nobody shows as clearly as Macintyre (and John le Carre, of course), how destructive the British class system could be and nowhere did it do more damage than to the country's own secret intelligence service. As the daughter of a wartime decoding agent for MI5, I was especially fascinated by Macintyre's brilliant dissection of the difference between MI5 and MI6. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
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    (261)
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    When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly 60 years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the 19th century with a 21st-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades.

    Novotny says: "I still don't know much about Huguette Clark"
    "Fascinating and strange"
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    The story of Huguette Clark and her solitary and very long life was fascinating. Rather than feel sorry for her, I felt she made the most of her gilded cage even though she chose, in her 80s, to reduce that cage to one hospital room while maintaining the grand houses and apartments that she no longer inhabited.She was a remarkably generous person not only to institutions but to the people who remained near her bedside. The narrator did an excellent job, had a passable French accent which was important to the book and brought the characters to life without insinuating herself too much. An added bonus of the audio book was the occasional "live" tapes of Huguette's voice. I wonder whether she knew that her relative, Paul Clark Newell, was taping their phone calls.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (782)
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    (697)
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    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    C. Telfair says: "Wow! Patience Rewarded!"
    "Fascinating story of a unique friendship"
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    Goodwin brings out the interesting tale of TR's great friendship with William Howard Taft. They complemented each other perfectly, and turned to one another on many occasions for advice and support as they each battled corporate interests in their own way. But in 1912, when TR decided to run on the Progressive ticket, the friendship soured to disdain. It wasn't until years later that these two men connected again in the years before Roosevelt died. The other fascinating part of this book is the description of the "muckrakers", Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker and Lincoln Steffen and their connection with S.S. McClure who brought them to print in his magazine, McClure's Magazine. Goodwin does an excellent job weaving all these characters together and Ed Herrmann is the perfect reader for this history. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close to Shore

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Michael Capuzzo
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
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    (21)
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    Combining rich historical detail and a harrowing, pulse-pounding narrative, Close to Shore brilliantly re-creates the summer of 1916, when a rogue Great White shark attacked swimmers along the New Jersey shore, triggering mass hysteria and launching the most extensive shark hunt in history.

    David says: "Captivating and Riveting"
    "A hair raising story"
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    If you found JAWS scary, don't listen to this book. The shark attacks along the eastern seaboard in the summer of 1916 were terrifying and the author does an excellent job of making you feel as if you were in the water with the fish moving swiftly toward you. Sharks are actually wonderful creatures and I'm only sad that this will scare more people than it needs to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter Hessler
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (88)
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    (90)

    In the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident.

    Ravenmaster says: "Peter Berkrot Again?"
    "An interesting look at life in China"
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    The author spent two years in China during the early 1990s while serving in the Peace Corps. He lived in the remote town of Fuling, in the middle of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley. When Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, it was the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident. Hessler taught English and American literature at the local college, but he learned as much as he taught, simply by connecting with the residents in the town and with his students. Hessler doesn't hesitate to turn the magnifying glass on himself and the funny situations he stumbles into as he tries to understand a completely different culture and how he can fit into it.

    This is a funny, and touching book that makes China come alive for the reader in a new way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
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    (1257)
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    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Excellent story, well told and well read"
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    This story of the crew team who won the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany is moving and engaging. The author brings together the individual stories of the team members while at the same time giving us a clear picture of Berlin in the months leading up to the Olympics. Hitler, Leni Riefenstahl on one side and the heroic dour Dane rowing coach, Al Ulbrickson, and George Pocock, the perfectionist builder of the red cedar boats, on the other. You root for the good guys who learned that depending on each other was the surest way to win. Excellent narration by Edward Herrmann.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
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    (69)
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    (70)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Edward Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, it took tremendous perseverance. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate.

    D. Donohue says: "STUPENDOUS!"
    "Another excellent book by Timothy Egan"
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    I would read anything Egan writes. His research is meticulous, the story well told and the subjects always of interest. He does not disappoint in this tale of the man who immortalized with photography the ancient ways of the Native Americans. A true hero although he rose from poverty to die in obscurity. Without Curtis, so many of the traditions and portraits of the native people the European settlers trampled, killed and scattered would be lost to history. The reading is clear and modulated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Simon Callow
    • Narrated By Simon Callow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
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    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Dickens was one of the first true celebrity authors. Thousands of fans in Britain and America eagerly awaited each new installment of his stories, and flocked to see him on his legendary speaking tours. Not only did he create an incredible cast of characters on the page, but he was also a dazzling mimic and storyteller, and he wrote, stage-managed, and acted in plays for the public. Throughout his life, from his childhood performances to his legendarily powerful reading tours, Dickens was fanatical about the stage.

    Tad Davis says: "Loved it!"
    "Excellent introduction to Charles Dickens"
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    Simon Callow does a wonderful job of bringing this mad, impulsive, energetic and thoroughly eccentric writer to life. Both a writer and the reader, he adds great depth to the story since, as he points out in the Prologue, he has played so many Dickensian characters during his acting life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Hal Vaughan
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker, Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
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    (48)
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    (49)

    Coco Chanel created the look of the modern woman and was the high priestess of couture. But this book also pieces together how Coco Chanel became a German intelligence operative; how and why she was enlisted in a number of spy missions; how she escaped arrest in France after the war, despite her activities being known to the Gaullist intelligence network; and how she fled to Switzerland for a nine-year exile with her lover, Dincklage.

    Renata says: "If we all knew how things went..."
    "Fascinating under the covers look at Coco Chanel"
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    The things we didn't know about Chanel... her dark side. Well told and well read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (860)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Engrossing biography"
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    I like the way Jon Meacham approaches such a towering figure, warts and all. Jefferson was a more politically wily character than I knew. It's also oddly comforting that in 1800, the Congress was just as dysfunctional as it is today and yet, somehow, our fledgling democracy survived. Ed Herrmann does an excellent job narrating as always.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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