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Noreen

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  • The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs)
    • By David Nasaw
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (177)

    Joseph Patrick Kennedy - whose life spanned the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the Cold War - was the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty. The father of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, 'Joe' Kennedy was an indomitable and elusive figure whose dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills.

    Robert says: "Wonderfully entertaining and engaging"
    "A true modern tragedy. Fascinating to listen to."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Patriarch the most enjoyable?

    Understanding more about lives that are part of our common history


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rose.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    Clear to listen to with that wonderful Boston inflection. He made the experience feel personal.


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

    A true American tragedy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Edward Ball
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual media and screen entertainments of all kinds. Yet the artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial is one of the early instances of a media sensation.

    Andy says: "a challenge to listen to"
    "Wonderfully informative story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Inventor and the Tycoon the most enjoyable?

    The reader


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unbelievable amount of information I did not know.


    What about John H. Mayer’s performance did you like?

    Just the right tone and inflection


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

    No, I did not


    Any additional comments?

    Yes. Luckily I had a hard cover copy, which I kept referring to. A lot is lost without seeing the photographs. Also, narrative was choppy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1417)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (684)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Just loved this. Can't wait for the movie!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Historic, exciting, well read and great writing.


    What other book might you compare City of Thieves to and why?

    Kind of in a class by itself. Russian writers influence, but really with an American sensibility.


    What about Ron Perlman’s performance did you like?

    Accents were good., a little hammy, but fun.


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

    The last chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this makes money for Mr. Benioff. He's a real talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (737)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    Jean says: "worth a listen"
    "What a talent Ms. Winslet is."
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    If you could sum up Thérèse Raquin in three words, what would they be?

    Terrific classic story made awesome by Kate Winslet's overwhelming talent.
    Mesmerizing!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thérèse Raquin?

    The whole pacing of the narration was perfect. It would be difficult to specify one moment.


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

    I have not. I would love to listen to another.


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

    Evil destroys love.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8298)
    Performance
    (7195)
    Story
    (7201)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Keeps you listening."
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    What did you like best about Fifty Shades Darker? What did you like least?

    It kept me listening. Although, I think it is not well written, but does bring you along.
    The reader grew on me. I didn't like her style initially but could see her talent as the narratives progressed.
    It is the"Peyton Place" of the current culture. I would recommend it for a very light, frivolous read.


    If you’ve listened to books by E. L. James before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to the first Grey book and the last. They're all pretty much the same.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ??


    Could you see Fifty Shades Darker being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I don't really know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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