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Ms Winston

East Coast U.S.A. | Member Since 2018

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  • These Happy Golden Years: Little House, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    Fifteen-year-old Laura lives apart from her family for the first time, teaching school in a claim shanty 12 miles from home. She is very homesick but keeps at it so that she can help pay for her sister Mary's tuition at the college for the blind. During school vacations Laura has fun with her singing lessons, going on sleigh rides, and, best of all, helping Almanzo Wilder drive his new buggy. Friendship soon turns to love for Laura and Almanzo in the romantic conclusion of this Little House book.

    SC Customer says: "Enjoyed the story, the narrator not so much"
    "I Loved It So Much I Listened Again"
    Overall

    These Happy Golden Years for decades was the final book in the Little House series. I wore out the library editions of the series and would have loved to have had this audio version . The narrator , Cherry Jones, is just perfect for the role of 15 year old Laura and her sisters and friends. She even does a credible male voice as Pa and Alonzo. Her expression is excellent and I could listen to her over and over. And so I did!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Winter: Little House, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-81 in their little house in the Dakota Territory. Blizzards cover the little town with snow, cutting off all supplies from the outside. Soon there is almost no food left, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way in this most exciting of all the Little House books.

    Russell Bernard says: "Winter can last for ever!!"
    "Another well read book by Cherry Jones"
    Overall

    Cherry Jones is a narrator who is able to do a variety of voices including children and men of all ages!. This would make an excellent gift for any fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kathleen Rooney
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (447)

    It's the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk. As she traverses a grittier Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she encounters bartenders, bodega clerks, chauffeurs, security guards, bohemians, criminals, children, parents, and parents to be in surprising moments of generosity and grace. While she strolls Lillian recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest paid advertising woman in America - a career cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown.

    Suzanne K says: "Amazingly well written"
    "Book Hampered by the Narrator"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the print version of the book which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 3, although I found the first half of the book more interesting than the second. The problem I had with the Audio version was the narrator, who was often difficult to understand in her attempt to sound like an 85 year old woman.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wright Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    Overall
    (9843)
    Performance
    (8899)
    Story
    (8881)

    Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

    On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

    Vince says: "Great Story but narration is a little boring"
    "Author reads his own work."
    Overall

    David McCullough reads his own well researched and fascinating study of the complex, driven Wright brothers. I found myself unable to stop with just listening an hour or chapter at a time, as I found I knew far less about these men than I thought I did. Will probably listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keeper of the Light: Keeper Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (883)

    Dr. Olivia Simon is on duty in the emergency room of North Carolina's Outer Banks Hospital when a gunshot victim is brought in. Midway through the desperate effort to save the young woman's life, Olivia realizes who she is - Annie O'Neill, the woman Olivia's husband, Paul, is in love with.

    HOLLY AUSTIN says: "Beautifully told"
    "An old favorite of mine"
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    If you could sum up Keeper of the Light in three words, what would they be?

    Keeps you guessing!


    What other book might you compare Keeper of the Light to and why?

    I cannot think of a specific work other than books written by Diane Chamberlain about the same time period. She spent many years writing about the Outer Banks of North Carolina, including the books that completed the trilogy that started with "Keeper of the Light". I started reading her book on the recommendation of one who knew I liked the writings of Anne Rivers Siddons.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Unfortunately, Ms DeLisle's girlish voice when she was acting in her role of narrator was way too young sounding.When she did female voices, she brought that same girlish sound to everyone but Annie (that character was supposed to be from New England, an accent the narrator couldn't duplicate). But it was even worse when she did male voices -- all of the male characters sounded alike, with deep, gruff voices and unauthentic Southern accents. I know there are different schools of thought on the issue of whether to attempt duplicating accents or just doing a vague suggestion. My opinion is that if the narrator is very skilled at duplicating genders, age, and accents then by all means they should do so -- BUT if they are not skilled, a mere suggestion (a slight deepening or raising of the voice as appropriate, a hint of an accent, etc.) is sufficient.


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

    Contemporary and thought-provoking!


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book when it was first published and it has remained a favorite of mine for years. Some call it soap opera, but I think it raises many issues that are still as fresh today as in the early 1990s -- love, loyalty, historic preservation, family...you name it, is it there..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Darren Reynolds
    • Narrated By Diane Sawyer
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1030)

    This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    mary says: "Compelling"
    "Oral History of the Assassination that Changed Us"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating oral history


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later?

    Listening to all the people involved in major and minor roles in the event that was probably the seminal event of my teenage years was very interesting. Some of the people are still alive 50 years later as they were relatively young when JFK died. The testimony of the ER surgeon who inserted the catheter and then realized the president was not going to make it based upon the head wound was so heart wrenching...


    What about Diane Sawyer’s performance did you like?

    Ms Sawyer did her usual polished and professional narration -- no disappointments here.


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

    Listening to the reactions then and now of the men and women on the street was valuable. The comments from Oswald's landlady, where she sounded as though she admired him more than she was upset by the death of the president, was interesting -- a reminder that not everyone seemed devastated by the assassination.


    Any additional comments?

    Just an excellent oral history -- thank you, Audible, for giving this to us for free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol [Blackstone Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (166)

    "Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding," says Ebenezer Scrooge. Mean old Scrooge despises Christmas until Christmas Eve, when a haunted voice from the past changes his life: overnight! Many know this story but few have experienced the true marvel of the tale.

    Jefferson says: "More Funny, Scary & Moving than the Movie Versions"
    "Excellent Presentation of a Classic Story"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about A Christmas Carol [Blackstone Version]?

    There are so many reasons to like this version of "A Christmas Carol," including the fact that it is unabridged, as so often this story is cut down for "modern readers" or children. Having grown up hearing the original read in my house since I was a child,and seeing almost all the filmed versions over the years, I think this could become my favorite.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Dickens classic story is among my favorite Christmas stories. With this audio book I can listen to it any time of the year!


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Mr Prebble's performance was just outstanding! He was able to do a convincing voice for the female characters, which can be very difficult for men to do, just as some female narrators have the same problem with male voices. I loved his characterizations of the wealthy bankers and investors at the very end and their remarks about the "dead" Scrooge.He was able to switch between his role as narrator and characters easily. I am going to search out other books he has narrated.


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

    I wanted to, but I ended up listening in two sittings to savor it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tony Horwitz
    • Narrated By Arthur Addison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (142)

    When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart.

    Sam says: "Good story"
    "A Must Read for Civil War Buffs!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Confederates in the Attic again? Why?

    Yes! It is an engaging book for anyone interested in the Civil War as well as the aftermath. I originally read the book when it was first published, and love the works of Tony Horwitz. He has a dry sense of humor that translated well in the recorded version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Confederates in the Attic?

    There are so many, but one of my favorites was the tour he did with his hard core reinactor friend, when they went on a ten day road trip through Virginia. I know 99% of the places mentioned in that chapter and it was interesting to listen to them from a vantage point of almost 20 years since the publication of the book. For instance, the public meeting in Richmond on the Arthur Ashe statue was particularly interesting.


    What about Arthur Addison’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance! Delivery is everything sometimes and Addison hit the perfect tone, particularly in dealing with the Shelby Foote chapter, but also the very humorous passages as well. He was able to do subtle accents without going over the edge..


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

    The chapter set in Kentucky -- the murder of the young man shot by former classmates for displaying the battle flag of Northern Virginia on his pickup. It is something that is still going on in 2014 in the south -- the conflict between those who see it as a racist issue and those who see it as a heritage issue.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Night Road

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (1384)
    Story
    (1387)

    For 18 years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows - her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy - until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss.

    selena says: "Took awhile to get into but worth it"
    "More A Young Adult Book Than I Thought"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you like best about Night Road? What did you like least?

    The basic plot was of interest --- a foster child finally achieves her heart's desire by acquiring a loving older relative and a set of contemporary friends. However, the characters became cliches very quickly -- the annoying helicopter mother Jude, the passive husband, and the spoiled rich twins. It is very hard to believe that the male twin, Zack, is the most popular boy in high school, and there is not much motivation for him to want to give up an education at a major university for city college and an insecure girl friend.


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

    It was fairly predictable..


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kathleen McInerney?

    Yes, with reservations. Ms McInerney did a very credible job with the adults, was okay as Zack and Lexie, but terrible with the character of Mia. Mia sounded as though she were about 5 years old throughout the entire narration...it was so annoying to hear her high-pitched whine...


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. Would not be waiting with bated breath, however...


    Any additional comments?

    I normally enjoy books by this author, but I felt this was below her usual standard.
    There was far too much time spent on teenage characters who did not seem that real, but the alternative was an obsessed helicopter mom..so take your choice..

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Olive Kitteridge

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Strout
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2269)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1638)

    At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

    Sara says: "Interweaving Short Stories Make a Good Novel"
    "One of the best"
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    What did you love best about Olive Kitteridge?

    I thought this study of the life of a woman in chapters where sometimes she was the featured character and sometimes she was a walk-in was a unique treatment that set this book apart from other novels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Olive was my favorite, even though she was not a character that everyone would like -- similiar to Jane Austen's Emma. And although she was outspoken, she truly loved people, especially her son (and as the mother of a only child, also a son, I can relate).


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

    No, this is my first. I thought her performance was a little uneven with the accents. Sometimes she totally slipped out of the accent, particularly with the men. Other than the accents, I liked her performance.


    Who was the most memorable character of Olive Kitteridge and why?

    See above.


    Any additional comments?

    A very moving experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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