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Halena

Alexandria, KY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Idiot

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    In The Idiot, a saintly man, Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man."

    Daniela says: "Dostoevsky does it again"
    "True analysis of human character"
    Overall

    It's amazing to see the different directions people will go to in their conceptions of a another person's behavior.

    Truly enjoyed this book -- Narrator did a great job!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2026)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (845)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "Only Capote"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After watching the movie and then listening to the book then watching the movie again did I understand Capote's involvement with the murderers' stories. Very intriguing!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Crockett: The Lion of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Wallis
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    His name was David Crockett. He never signed his name any other way, but popular culture transformed his memory into "Davy Crockett", and Hollywood gave him a raccoon hat he hardly ever wore. Best-selling historian Michael Wallis casts a fresh look at the frontiersman, storyteller, and politician behind these legendary stories.

    Michael says: "Author is very bias."
    "The Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not fair for me to write about it -- I didn't finish it. It's a very adolescent book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3353)
    Performance
    (1851)
    Story
    (1868)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Very Informative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book has given me an insight in many different areas that I couldn't have gotten elsewhere....Thanks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (5711)
    Performance
    (1925)
    Story
    (1943)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Chris says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Ambivalent"
    Overall

    I did enjoy listening to this book but the ending did it a disservice. I was intrigued by the shifting periods, cultures and classes but I felt the writer became somewhat lazy in the numerous contrived character summations. I was a little relieved when the book ended.

    The narration was excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Jay Gatsby is the man who has everything. But one thing will always be out of his reach. Everybody who is anybody is seen at his glittering parties. Day and night his Long Island mansion buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing, and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby---young, handsome, and fabulously rich---always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, though no one knows what for.

    Amy says: "Brilliant book and perfect narrator"
    "Great Classic!"
    Overall

    Wonderful use of the English Language!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, the Japanese Navy's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mitsuo Fuchida, Masatake Okumiya
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    This landmark study was first published in English by the Naval Institute in 1955. Widely acknowledged for its valuable Japanese insights into the battle that turned the tide of war in the Pacific, the book has made a great impact on American readers over the years. Two Japanese naval aviators who participated in the operation provide an unsparing analysis of what caused Japan's staggering defeat.

    Carleton T. Anderson says: "Edge of your seat history"
    "Great Classic!"
    Overall

    Very intriguing. Want to learn more about the war in the Pacific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reivers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    One of Faulkner's comic masterpieces, The Reivers is a picaresque story that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi. Eleven-year-old Lucas Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his family's retainers, to steal his grandfather's car and make a trip to Memphis. The priests' black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them are off on a heroic odyssey.

    Halena says: "Nice Listen"
    "Nice Listen"
    Overall

    Good Faulkner.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1273)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (688)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Great Classic!"
    Overall

    An honestly great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume III, Red River to Appomattox

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Shelby Foote
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (332)

    In the third and last volume of this vivid history, Shelby Foote brings to a close the story of four years of turmoil and strife which altered American life forever. Here, told in rich narrative and as seen from both sides, are those climactic struggles, great and small, on and off the field of battle, which finally decided the fate of this nation.

    Tad Davis says: "Incredible"
    "Incredible!"
    Overall

    Anyone that wants to learn about the Civil War can't miss with Mr. Foote's rendition. His research and dedication is obvious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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