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Therese

West Redding, CT, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 44 purchased in 2014
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  • Anton Chekhov: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Donald Rayfield
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Anton Chekhov's life was short, intense, and dominated by battles, both with his dependents and with the tuberculosis that was to kill him at age 44. He was one of the greatest playwrights and short-story writers ever born, but he was torn between medicine and literature, as he was between family and friends, between a longing for solitude and a need for company.

    Leo says: "moving insight into life of writer"
    "Creeping Detail"
    Overall

    This is by far the most tedious book I have ever listened to. I will stick it out until the end because some of these very descriptive, tiny details about Chekhov and Russian culture/history are interesing. I am not a stranger to long listens...but this one will test your patience and concentration skills.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Thomas Goetz
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In 1875, tuberculosis was the deadliest disease in the world, accountable for a third of all deaths. A diagnosis of TB - often called consumption - was a death sentence. Then, in a triumph of medical science, a German doctor named Robert Koch deployed an unprecedented scientific rigor to discover the bacteria that caused TB. Koch soon embarked on a remedy - a remedy that would be his undoing. When Koch announced his cure for consumption, Arthur Conan Doyle, then a small-town doctor in England and sometime writer, went to Berlin to cover the event.

    Jean says: "thought-provoking"
    "Thoroughly engaging"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Remedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorites of the last year. There was information that Was new to me and the author cleverly put it into time and geographical context.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Remedy?

    Koch's self-destructive adherence to some bad scientific theory after enjoying remarkable successes.


    What does Donald Corren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Forward flow


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

    No, but it did add to my analysis and consideration of medical treatment and immunization.


    Any additional comments?

    Will read another book in this subject area.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper, Mark R. Levin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (480)

    #1 New York Times best-selling author Mark Levin explores the philosophical basis of America's foundations and the crisis that faces government today.

    Virginia says: "Man's basic nature : Liberty"
    "Restoring America's Focus to its Future"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, when a random sidewalk survey of Americans reveals that they can name the finalists on American Idol, but not their elected officials nor major current events, we need to aggressively emphasize how the populus is voluntarily relinquishing their rights so they can be taken care of by the gov't and have time to waste viewing and believing


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The presentation of the historical progression of socialist theories.


    What does Adam Grupper and Mark R. Levin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Personally, I enjoy the freedom to visualize the material as it it read by a narrator. In print, I tend to reread detailed material, which can detract from the flow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14584)
    Performance
    (8987)
    Story
    (8858)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Hooked on unabridged!"
    Overall

    Having just finished unabridged Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, I was drawn in by the great reviews and historical romance aspect of a book that I would probably never have found but for the links here...The narration was absolutely wonderful even if the text sometimes had more decription of injuries and sex than my imagination needed to complete the scene. I agree that the guys may not like it, but take a cue from the reviews! Hopefully Audible will hear the customer requests for further offerings of Davina Porter and the unabridged versions as part of the Audible offerings. I am so pleased to see "Dragonfly.." recently added and will eagerly await the rest!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Son of a Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Gregory Maguire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (423)

    Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

    Vernette says: "A good writer does not a good reader make"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Where to begin except to echo that the author's read was annoying and uninspiring. He read in a thoughtless, robotic monotone...where was the producer? The reader of Wicked could perhaps have saved this poor sequel and weak story, but not this author! The author said he wrote the book to tell us what happened to Nor..well, I listened and I still ask "what happened to Nor?" At times, I actually began to dislike the 'hero' for his constant, incurable, unnecessary weakness. Hope your next 10 years produce a more substantive and interesting content....too bad, I loved "Wicked".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1855)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (479)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "Team of Rivals"
    Overall

    This book was wonderful...I couldn't wait to get to my Ipod and was sorry to have it end. Goodwin paints a very full and awesome character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stacy Schiff
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    "In December 1776, a small boat delivered an old man to France." So begins a dazzling narrative account of Benjamin Franklin's French mission, the most exacting, and momentous, eight years of his life.

    D. Court says: "Why abridged history"
    "A Great Improvisation"
    Overall

    This was one of the most tedious books I have listened to...I love biographies but this one put the listener (reader) to the test...the text was unnecessarily complex. The reader's accents were unrealistic and not in the intended language accents. By the end, the author convinced me from my former impression that Franklin was a great American hero! Intelligent and inventive yes, but otherwise ....

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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