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Elizabeth

SANTEE, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 7 reviews
  • 178 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (458)

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Elizabeth says: "Loved everyone minute!"
    "Loved everyone minute!"
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    Robert Massie did an excellent job telling this incredible story of Catherine the Great. The narration was equally excellent. I should make a note that I was a little concerned about buying this book in audible form. I find that stories about royal families and their subjects can get a bit confusing when it comes to lineage, who did what…etc so I typically buy hardcopy books so I can refresh my memory by looking at previous chapters. I clearly didn't need to worry about that with this audible version. The story was well organized and the author takes the time to refresh the readers’ memory from time to time. I was disappointed to reach the end. Now I am going to purchase Peter the Great from the same author. I can't wait!

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (1017)
    Story
    (1028)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "I really wanted to like it"
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    I enjoy the TV series and was prepared to enjoy the audible book. Unfortunately I share the sentiments of other reviewers regarding the narration. It is obvious the narrator put a lot of effort into her performance but her whispery bedroom voice was too much for this listener. I had to keep adjusting the volume up and down, I finally gave up.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Adams
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Writer for the New York Times and GQ, Mark Adams is also the acclaimed author of Mr. America. In this fascinating travelogue, Adams follows in the controversial footsteps of Hiram Bingham III, who’s been both lionized and vilified for his discovery of the famed Lost City in 1911—but which reputation is justified?

    Thelma says: "Now I'm ready for Machu Picchu"
    "Good book for history enthusiasts"
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    I enjoyed this book although it leaned more in the direction of an educational text book... so if you're looking for action, this isn't the place but I would recommend the book to anyone interested in expanding their historical horizons. I also enjoyed the narration!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Song Flung Up to Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Maya Angelou
    • Narrated By Maya Angelou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    This is the next installment in a six volume autobiography that began more than thirty years ago with the appearance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In A Song Flung Up to Heaven Maya Angelou describes her poignant encounters with Martin Luther King, Jr.; her work with the civil rights movement; and witnessing the Watts riots. Battered by the loss of revered black leaders, it takes writer James Baldwin to finally force her out of isolation with a dinner party that inspired her to write.

    Cecil says: "Being there is part of the strength of this book."
    "Enjoyed it!"
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    I was not disappointed. I find Maya's life story very interesting. She is honest and insightful. She also narrates the story herself which some may find distracting, however I enjoyed hearing Maya read in her own voice. This book is one in a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11163)
    Performance
    (9652)
    Story
    (9622)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Great man?"
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    To be clear, the author and narrator did a fine job.So many 4 and 5 star reviews but I couldn't get into this book. I don't disagree that Steve Jobs had a huge impact on the world as we know it today but as far as I am concerned the man shouldn't be idolized or worshipped. I hate to think that kids today look to him as a role model, because he was far from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (241)

    Joe Goffman was fifteen years out from his sleepy hometown when he wrote Bush Falls, a searing critique of its people and institutions. The book was a runaway best seller, and led to an even more successful movie. Now, however, Joe's got a problem. His father has suffered a stroke, and that means that Joe has to go back to his birthplace after having successfully antagonized every person living there. Can Joe survive the reservoirs of hatred that have been waiting to pour down upon him? Just maybe.

    FanB14 says: "Sarcasm Reigns Supreme"
    "Lost interest"
    Overall

    This book was mildly entertaining but it didn't hold my interest. I stopped listening about 3/4 of the way through.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Black Wave: A Family's Adventure at Sea and the Disaster That Saved Them

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Silverwood, Jean Silverwood
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie, Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    When John and Jean Silverwood, both experienced sailors, decided to give their four children a taste of life on the high seas, they hoped the trip would offer important learning experiences - not only about the natural world but about the beauty of human life stripped down to its essence, far from civilization. But the adventure that awaited them would surpass anything they could have imagined.

    Elizabeth says: "Enjoyed listening...."
    "Enjoyed listening...."
    Overall

    Interesting and honest story of a family's journey and their challenges along the way. The narration was well done, easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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