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Elza

Yuma, AZ, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (396)

    This adventure transports Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson to Amarna, the rustic desert site where the two archaeologists first met, beginning the 13-year association that would take them from mayhem to murder in the Egyptian outback.

    Molly says: "Great Series, Greatest Narrator"
    "What happened to Book 8?"
    Overall

    I join others in saying that is a very entertaining series with adventure, a little romance, plenty of humor and characters with lots of personality. As soon as I have heard the one (narrated by Rosenblat please)I am ready for the next Peabody adventure. You can imagine my disappointment that I cannot locate Book 8, The Hippopotamus Pool at Audible. Anybody know why?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bone by Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (5)

    One of a very few National Book Award honorees to be nominated for fiction and nonfiction, Peter Matthiessen creates a curious blend of both in this tragic prequel to Killing Mister Watson and Lost Man’s River. An amazing novel in its own right, Bone by Bone caps the trilogy featuring the enigmatic E. J. Watson. During the Reconstruction Era, Edgar Watson grew up in the South at the mercy of a brutal alcoholic father and a vindictive mother. Witnessing the horrors of slavery, bilked out of his inheritance, and blamed in his youth for a murder he didn’t commit, E. J. developed a reputation for violence that preceded him everywhere he went. Finally, it brought him to a tragic and bloody end as his family watched in helpless horror. Borrowing an old local tale about a man who was killed by his neighbors, Matthiessen creates a powerful character. George Guidall’s excellent reading brings this moving tragedy home to us with a passion.

    Elza says: "Compelling from start to finish."
    "Compelling from start to finish."
    Overall

    Matthiessen writes in a genial way that kept me engrossed and wanting more. Not normally the subject matter I am attracted to but in this case it has led me to start reading Lost Man's River (I know I am reading a triology back to front). They couldn't have made a better choice than George Guidall as the narrator. He brings the colorful figure of Watson to life and also makes all the other characters sound as they should. You won't be sorry if you choose this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Lace Reader

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Brunonia Barry
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations. But the disappearance of two women brings Towner home to Salem and the truth about the death of her twin sister to light.

    A User says: "Difficult but good"
    "Not quite as good as I expected."
    Overall

    I heard an interview with the author on NPR and it sounded as if this might be a great listen. I found the structure somewhat contrived and I didn't quite enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I usually like this kind of novel and perhaps I should listen to it again. A lot of 'he said, 'I said, 'she said' narrative which does not do well when listening to a book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1562)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (565)

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    Elysabeth Cummings says: "Interesting @ arm's length"
    "Interesting book."
    Overall

    If you want a breathtaking listen and learn about Mormonism at the same time, this is a good one. It is thrilling, well written and gives insight into the following that call themselves Mormons. I am always on the look-out for something new with depth and this book ranks high on my list of recent listens that gave me what I what I look for. Other reviews give the necessary details.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Taste of Conquest: The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Krondl
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    In this engaging, anecdotal history of food, world conquest, and desire, a chef-turned-journalist tells the story of three legendary cities, Venice, Lisbon, and Amsterdam, that transformed the globe in the quest for spice.

    Elza says: "Not spicey."
    "Not spicey."
    Overall

    With a subject as interesting as the history of spice, this was unfortunately a bit of a dull listen. However the pronunciation of the reader was annoying at times especially with the Dutch words which could not even be recognized by a native speaker. Why not check with someone prior to venturing out on a project like this?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Slender Thread: Rediscovering Hope at the Heart of Crisis

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diane Ackerman
    • Narrated By Lisa Rafel
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Elza says: "There is more to Ackerman..."
    "There is more to Ackerman..."
    Overall

    I was not very impressed by this particular book, but know that Ackerman is a wonderful writer and her work would lend itself so very well to audio. If you enjoyed a book like "Salt" by Mark Kurlansky, then encourage Audible to bring some of Ackerman's other works e.g. A History of the Senses.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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