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Nell

NASHVILLE, TN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Barack Obama: The Story

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Maraniss
    • Narrated By David Maraniss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    In a groundbreaking work based on hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama, and a trove of letters, journals, and other documents, one of our pre-eminent journalists presents a richly textured account of Barack Obama and the forces that shaped him. This book begins in Kansas and Kenya, decades before Obama was born, and ends as he prepares for a political life. The listener gains a deeper insight into the first black president of the United States, revealing as never before the arc of his history.

    Darwin8u says: "Solid Work @ Debunking Fairy-Tales & Dark Fantasms"
    "A Story of an Unusual Life, Remarkably Researched"
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    What made the experience of listening to Barack Obama the most enjoyable?

    The intriguing details in this book of Obama's life prior to his entry into politics were a result of amazingly intricate research. Even street addresses of relatively minor characters are given, and many of Obama's far flung friends and family who are still alive were interviewed. These details were woven into a well told story that provided an intimate picture of the young man and insight into his present character. I have just acquired Dreams from my Father and, at this point, cannot decide which book should be read first. It is obvious from gentle comments in Maraniss' book that Obama's account of his life is told from the bias that is inevitable in personal memories of the past. This is true of everyone. I now plan to read other books by Obama himself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Obama himself was my favorite, but the stories involving his mother totally changed my view of her. Maraniss enables the reader to understand even flawed characters.


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

    I have not, but his performance was excellent. I believe that only he could have pronounced the exotic names of people and places with such fluency


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction was not extreme other than the enjoyment I had in listening to it


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the King's Men

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Penn Warren
    • Narrated By Michael Emerson
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (264)

    The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

    Eric Berger says: "Marvelously written and read"
    "A Real Masterpiece that I Had Somehow Missed"
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    Would you listen to All the King's Men again? Why?

    Yes. There was a depth to the philosophy that I would like to explore further. The language is magnificent. His skill as a poet creates a need to reread.


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    What was one of the most memorable moments of All the King's Men?

    It is impossible to select just one. All the characters develop and evolve with each incident.


    What about Michael Emerson’s performance did you like?

    He felt the energy of the story and understood each of the very diverse characters.


    Any additional comments?

    It is an artistic accomplishment that Robert Penn Warren creates a flawed character to be his first person narrator. The reader wants to reason with him as he weaves his own ironic philosophy into his account of the story. He not only reveals the true nature of the other characters, but his own struggles to understand his own existence. As a result, the reader comes to new conclusions about his own philosophy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Listen as David recounts the experiences of his rise to successful novelist - his wretched boyhood , the drudgery of his various jobs, his marriage to the boss’ pretty daughter, his flight to the continent, and finally, a reunion with his true love. Tull’s marvelously resonant voice ushers us smoothly through young David’s trials. His ability to move deftly between different accents gives new life to some of the best-known characters in all of literature.

    qtvxzplr says: "Superlative reading"
    "The Endurance of Deckens is Reconfirmed"
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    What made the experience of listening to David Copperfield the most enjoyable?

    The excellent writing of Charles Dickens.


    What other book might you compare David Copperfield to and why?

    Moby Dick. Both were extremely well written but excessively long.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He put great expression in his narration and I am sure the dialects were authentic, but he was very difficult to understand.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I selected this book regardless of the difficulty with the narration.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2567)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1363)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "I Wanted to own this Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is the first of an excellent series. I have read or listened to all books in that series. This should be a prerequisite to all the other novels as it is the delightful stlor of how Peabody and Emerson met and fell in love


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

    All novels in the series are real page turners. There is a hook in each incident to lure the reader on.


    Which character – as performed by Barbara Rosenblat – was your favorite?

    Emerson


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

    An unlikely love story of archeologists in ancient Egypt


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth Peters is a favorite author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (2937)
    Performance
    (2435)
    Story
    (2445)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "An Epilogue to Ann Patchett's Lecture"
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    Would you listen to This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage again? Why?

    No. I will remember it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ann, herself.


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

    I have enjoyed listening to two of her books.


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

    Probably her trip to Mayo Clinic when she discovered the severity of her husband's illness.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated the Audible Christmas gift.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caleb's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (359)

    In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex....

    Mary Sue says: "Another good entry into fiction!"
    "A Delightful Way to Explore History"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Caleb's Crossing to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I have a bias in favor of audible editions because of some visual problems, but I would prefer this particular edition in any case.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characterization was superb. I felt an understanding for the Puritanical father even though I disagreed with so many of his convictions. The other characters were presented also in depth.


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

    The interpretations of each character through her renditions of the voice of each.


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

    I would have enjoyed that, but I looked forward to each time I had opportunity to listen as a special treat.


    Any additional comments?

    As my title indicates, the in depth research along with a good fictional adaption provided a great way to gain historical insights.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1520)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (643)

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "I do not regret this purchase."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a very long book and I have listened to it in short segments. It is very well written and magnificently researched but not easy to read. I needed to have a more thorough acquaintance with the names of the many minor generals to keep up with which army was prevailing. I am glad I persevered.


    What other book might you compare The Civil War to and why?

    I have recently read Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara and Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly by Jennifer Fleischner which did not display as meticulous research but whose good research revealed a very personal touch.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grover Gardner?

    There was a greater problem with the audio production than the narrator. The audio was harsh.

    My favorite narrator is Barbara Rosenblat, but her talents would not be fully utilized in this narration.


    Do you think The Civil War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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