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Ruth C.

I love to learn... a blessing and a curse as they say... If I loved making money as much as I love to learn, I would be able to buy more books right now! I love Audible.... (and a long term fan of Amazon)... actually joined in 1999 when hardly no one was shopping on the internet. I have always enjoyed someone telling me a good story.

Denver, CO | Member Since 2014

  • 5 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 841 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015

  • An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Dallek
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle

    An Unfinished Life is the first authoritative single-volume life of John F. Kennedy to be written by a historian in nearly four decades. Drawing upon firsthand sources, freshly unearthed documents, and never-before-opened archives, prizewinning historian Robert Dallek reveals more than we ever knew about Jack Kennedy forever changing the way we think about his life, his presidency, and his legacy.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Great Biography - Neccessarily Disappointing"
    "Remembering Kennedy"

    My 8 year old received an assignment to do a biography on a famous person. Of course looking to Mom for direction I search my memory for a name and a face of a person I would consider a hero...ah John Kennedy. I listened to the book and gave my daughter tibbits, and then at the end Robert Dallek answered a nagging question for me... Why would I choose Kennedy? (I barely knew him, and I was only three years old when he died.) I enjoyed this book...and my daughter talked about him like an uncle.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. A legend shattered by greed. Now the Valley of Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished crown. On the eve of the festival of Osiris, the loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather in Thebes to pay tribute to their leader.

    Exploding with all the passion and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece of historical writing.

    mjshuff says: "River God review"
    "Taita - Wow... good book"

    "River God" by Wilbur Smith... it is about an Egyptian slave named Taita, a eunuch, who is quite a remarkable man... It's interesting how early in the novel Taita speaks briefly of his accomplishments, and then as the book goes on he gets more and more vocal about is personal accomplishments, including his beauty... However, as the reader, you get the sincere impression that he has earned every praise he bestows upon himself... a sequel highlights the remarkable second 100 years of his life in a book called "Warlock." So what do you call someone who is very accomplished, does what he says he will do, and does it well, and sometimes acknowledges his accomplishments to others, but in a very matter of fact way? That is Taita Great Book... the beginning of the novel is a bit choppy (I read the other reviews), but you soon get into the characters and their world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "First Preston & Child Book - Scott Brick is Great"

    I picked up this book becasue I had just finished The Passage (narrated by Scott Brick) and I missed his voice! Of all things... Now I say "Scott tell me a story"...
    However, this book was beyond my expectations....great character development... excellent plot...all the while your saying No..No don't go there! A must read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Wow...kept me so intregred... what a great story"

    There is no doubt in my mind that the author lived through many of the experiences he writes about. Further, I felt a times he was telling my own story; love for people yet unable to understand love.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "Ah Stephen, just what I thought it would be..."

    For the entire weekend my family and neighbors though I had gone mad. Yes, she finally had done it I am sure they all were thinking. Our in the yard working, my Audible Otis strapped to my side, earphones on, and laughing as Stephen King entertained me. So personal, that New England voice of his. My delight came from a combination of his characteristic wit, his ability to tell a good yarn, and the similarities in our past. I would have liked The Vomit.

    Ah Stephen, you didn't waste your talent. Your right were you should be.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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