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Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada

  • 5 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 225 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Annette Gordon-Reed
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings's siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson's wife, Martha.

    Dianne says: "Fascinating"

    This is the only book that I have ever given up listening to. The narrator's monotonous voice coupled with the endlessly repetitious and supremely obvious observations from the author had me screaming in my car for them to get on with it.

    The whole book could be summarized in just a few short sentences (SPOILER ALERT): slave owners had power; slaves did not. Slaves didn't like being slaves; slaves were treated differently than free people. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves and Sally Hemings was one of them.

    The author has taken what should have been a 2-page monograph and spun it into a 3-section book by constantly regurgitating the same information.

    Very disappointing

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • From Slavery to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Melinda Lilly

    Slavery in the United States began soon after English colonists first settled in Virginia in 1607 and lasted as a legal institution until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1865. This audiobook focuses on the courageous slaves that escaped to freedom.

    Brenda says: "What a rip off!"
    "What a rip off!"

    All this is is a reading of a table of contents and some captions. This is NOT a book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"

    What an excellent look at a truly remarkable period of history. As a Canadian, I have not been immersed in the history of the American Revolution. This novel brought it to life in a way that made the characters breathe and gave a humanity to people who are often cast as unflawed super-beings in movies and TV. Quite apart from the historical content, it was a true love story from beginning to end and it showed the influence that strong women had in shaping America as it is today.

    I will be listening to this fascinating book again. Very well done indeed!


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Don't listen while driving!"

    I never thought I'd say it, but I was looking forward to traffic jams! I was so completely entertained and distracted that I was afraid of running red lights, or worse - and I couldn't figure out how I was going to explain to the police that it was Stephen King's fault!

    The horror is understated but all-pervasive. The characters - even the evil ones - are likeable and believable and you can feel their confusion, fear and anger. The writing is "visual".... you can see through the characters' eyes.

    Stephen King has outdone himself on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lullaby

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author of Fight Club, which was adapted into a major motion picture, Chuck Palahniuk offers a haunting tale. Winner of the Northwest Booksellers Association Award, Palahniuk is one of the rare literary geniuses who has been able to bridge the gap between a cult following and commercial success.

    R says: "Palahniuk's New Hit"
    "A painful literary experience"

    The only thing good about this book was the sale price. I would have been upset if I'd paid full price for such a collection of drivel. The author makes up with synonyms what he lacks in plot or character development. It's like listening to someone read a Thesaurus, with a bit of gratuitous sex and violence thrown in when the diarrheal flow of words begins to dry up.

    I kept hoping it would get better..... or at least not get any worse. I was wrong.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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