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Evelyn G. Webster

Port Angeles, Washington USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2269)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2003)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "UNRELENTINGLY GRIM"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A WELL WRITTEN STORY, BUT UNRELENTINGLY DARK AND GRIM.


    Would you recommend Speaks the Nightbird to your friends? Why or why not?

    THOUGH WELL CRAFTED, THE STORY WAS TOO DARK AND DEPRESSING FOR ME, THEREFORE I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    THE NARRATOR DID A SUPERB JOB WITH THE MATERIAL.


    Was Speaks the Nightbird worth the listening time?

    NOT FOR ME.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (636)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Terrifying window on history"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Worst Hard Time to be better than the print version?

    I'm glad I have both a print and audio edition. This allows me to search for particular segments more efficiently than if I just had the audio edition.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Worst Hard Time?

    The most shocking and memorable moments of THE WORST HARD TIMES were the descriptions of the enormous, roiling curtains of earth that swamped the area. I had heard about the wet sheets being strung up over windowns and doors to keep the dust out from my husband who grew up in the sand hills of eastern Colorado, but I never imagined the suffocating density of those storms. Hearing about them made me feel as if I were choking myself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know if I would describe the scene that most impressed me as "my favorite," but the scene that had the most impact for me was the one in which the farmer had to kill a newly born calf so that his childrent could have the mother's milk for sustinance.


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

    It made made feel extremely anxious about our thoughtless draining of the acquifer that underlies the mid-west.


    Any additional comments?

    A thought provoking story. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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