Rockford, MI | Member Since 2014
This book is a pure delight. I expected to hear Garrison Keillor narrate all of the poems, and while his soothing voice began the book with Psalm 23, followed by Raymond Carver's "At Least," and John Berryman's "Address to the Lord," he was not the only narrator. I was surprised to hear the voice of Billy Collins reading his poem, "Nightclub," and a number of other poets and narrators reading their own or other poets' works. I also own a hard copy of this great anthology which is what prompted me to buy the audio version. At night, I put in my earbuds and listen to this book in bed as I fall asleep.
Aimless Love by Billy Collins, while not an anthology, is another favorite poetry collection on audible.
I have listened to Garrison Keillor read his poem of the day. He has a wonderful voice and delivery.
I was deeply touched by the reading of John Berryman's "Address to the Lord."
Hearing poetry read is a deeply contemplative experience, preferable to simply reading it in print. I hope that audible will add more books of poetry to the catalog.
This is my first Great Courses book and I am very impressed with professor and with the content! As I result, I am encouraged to continue with the Great Courses series. This may well be the best non-fiction choice I have made. The narration was excellent because the professor was enthusiastic about his subject.
I did not have a "favorite character" in history, but these lectures helped me understand that history is not only a "story of surprises" as the professor explains, but that the history of our country is a constantly evolving process. It has been said that life can only be lived forward and learned backward. Looking back at these turning points gives me a wide perspective of American history and a greater appreciation for current events.
I was fascinated to learn about the eradication of the hookworm epidemic in the South. Who would have thought that hookworms could affect the health and economy of an entire region of the US and that the our public health system resulted from that event.
Hurrah! for the Founding Fathers
I have ancestors who lived in Connecticut before the Revolution. As I pondered the events of American history, it made these people come alive for me. I more was able to see daily life as they may have seen it.
I am still thinking about all the implications and consequences of this story. One of the women in the story is not who she first appears to be.
There were several characters but not too many for an audio book and the narration was easy to follow. It was unusual to listen to a story told mostly through interior monologue and in first person. At first the flashbacks annoyed me, but soon I didn't notice them anymore. I think hearing this book rather than reading it in print heightened the emotional tone of the story.
This is a story about a young woman who is kidnapped and there are several very emotional scenes where her mother's overwhelming fear created heartstrings for me. The father was a total narcissist whose cruelty angered me.
I needed some time to process this story and its ending. Every character was living a lie or was in some form of denial. The character development was excellent. Without giving a spoiler alert, the ending could be summed up by saying, "We reap what we sow."
Absolutely. The narrator, Bianca Amato, was terrific. Her dramatization of numerous characters, use of dialect, and pacing were superb. She truly made Charlotte Bronte come to life.
I liked everything about this story, and I learned a lot about the Bronte family that I didn't know before. This book did not follow the typical "diary" pattern and therefore the story flowed smoothly, using the diary information to further the action.
This book will be interesting for anyone who likes classic literature and wishes a more personal understanding of the Brontes, especially Charlotte. The narrator "made" the book for me.
Undoubtedly the best thing about this book was the narration. Barbara Rosenblat makes the character of Emily Pollifax come to life.
Mrs. Pollifax's adventures are incredible, and Barbara Rosenblat his her character down pat, from her voice as an elderly woman, to her emotional ups and downs. I loved the characters in the story and wanted to keep reading.
Absolutely the helicopter adventure!
I am not usually a reader of "cozie" type mysteries which I thought this would be, but there was a sale and I decided to try the book. Now I am engaged with Mrs. Pollifax and plan to read through the series.
This is a modern language poetic New Testament which offers an insightful, interpretive approach to biblical understanding. It is true to the "message" (the heart) of the Bible rather than precise literal word interpretation. I bought it precisely so that I could read it over and over.
Read anything by Eugene Peterson. He has a pastor's heart, a prayerful world view, and is an excellent writer!
I was not particularly impressed by the narrators or the music, but I did not buy this book in order to be entertained but to be immersed in the message.
It will change your life.
The narrator's voice -- her Irish and English accents were perfect for the story
I have not listened to other books by Tana French, but I have read them. I realized after I began listening that I had previously read the print book, but I was so charmed by the narrator that I went through it again. I am a Tana French fan, but this book could have been cut in length. It seemed to go on and on and on... but I stayed with it because of the writer and the narrator. This is the second book of the Cassie Maddox/Sam O'Neil series and I liked the first one better.
Her Irish accent and her excellent reading. I look forward to listening to other books by this narrator.
I did not find this to be a particularly dramatic story, but more of a police procedural whodunit.
I felt the story was a bit contrived and it was hard for me to accept the look alike premise.
For this book yes. The narration was superb and added to the dramatic story.
Joe O'Lauglin, the main character, a psychology professor with Parkinson's disease.
The climax of the story
I bought this book because every single review was positive, and I add my five stars to the group consensus. This may well be the most intense, gripping, can't put it down thriller I have ever read.
It pays to read reviews. I am very glad I purchased this book.
I would recommend the book to anyone who likes action thrillers, car chases, shoot outs, escape scenarios, or espionage.
I was surprised by the ending and where the assassin seems to be heading next, but I will continue with the series in order to find out how he deals with new challenges
Definitely the hit man who is likeable in spite of his chosen profession. I never expected to be rooting for an assassin.
About 2/3 of the way through the book there is an occurrence that pulled some heartstrings, and heartstrings make a story.
The narrator was very good and the action kept the story moving. I was never bored.
I would recommend the book to anyone interested in being informed about the characteristics of dangerous people. A written copy of this book could be advantageous, however. Each chapter is summed up with a list of over 100 characteristics of each dangerous personality type, followed by an equally long test intended to help identify if a person is dangerous. If you want to tally results, that is difficult to do using an audiobook. If you simply want to hear the information, this audiobook is well done. After listening to this book, I have requested a library print copy in order to do the tests.
This is not a work of fiction, so I can't specify a memorable moment, but the summation of the book which lists ways to protect oneself from possible harm is a good wrap up. I agree with the quote from Louis Pasteur that Navarro offers: "Chance favors the prepared mind."
This question is not applicable to a work of non-fiction.
Many of the safeguards against dangerous personalities are common sense things we learned as children, such as not getting into a stranger's car, but there are other cautions that had not occurred to me. What impressed me the most was Joe Navarro's consistent and repeated warning that dangerous people do not change but normally escalate their behaviors and that getting away from them and detaching are the best options. He gives ideas for how to do that. As an FBI profiler who interacts with these individuals, he has the knowledge to back up his advice.
This is not a psychological report but a lay person's tool for understanding how to assure protection for harmful people. As Navarro states: For our purposes, iIt is not necessary to understand WHY someone is dangerous or how he became dangerous, but only to recognize the danger and exercise self-protection.
I have not read the print version so I can't compare, but Mark Hammer is an excellent narrator. The dialogue, the descriptions of small town Georgia, the depth of racism in the 1920s and the upheaval of integration moving into the 1960s were vividly portrayed through the audio version.
The plot kept my interest and there were many moments where it kept me on the edge of my seat, mostly because it was told in stages. This is about three police chiefs in a small town in Georgia who gain information about missing boys who have traveled through the area.. Beginning in the 1920s and continuing into the 1960s, each of these chiefs gains information about a predator, but his capture is a long time coming. This momentum toward resolution drives the story.
The climax of the story towards which this novel had been building.
The victimization of the young boys.
This book is #1 in the Will Lee series and I liked it a lot. I chose to read it after seeing several positive Audible reviews. If I had not read those reviews, I probably would not have chosen this book, because I am not a fan of Stuart Woods "Stone Barrington" series.
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