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Barbara A. Ward

Barb Ward

Island Lake, IL, United States

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  • 149 ratings
  • 56 titles in library
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  • Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (265)

    In Empire of Liberty, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life - in politics, society, economy, and culture.

    Joseph says: "Excellent historical writing"
    "Book might be OK, monotone delivery."
    Overall

    The reader of this book talked so fast and in such a monotone that I found it extremely difficult to follow the text. One thing just sort of bled into another. I love early American history and was looking forward to a more detailed look at our earliest years as a new country. It's a shame, I really wanted to like this book. It was difficult for me to get anything much out of it.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3047)
    Performance
    (2714)
    Story
    (2720)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "such an interesting story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry again? Why?

    yes - after a time. i'm sure that there is a lot that i missed. Am i the only "reader" that "tunes out" sometimes?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Harold's pilgramage process. I liked the way that both he and his wife remembered times past and reconsidered the possibilities that their memories were not the "only truth"


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

    loved his British accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I';ve recommended this book to many friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4288)
    Performance
    (2448)
    Story
    (2449)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Interesting perspective on the Viet Nam War"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the majority of this book. It was such an interesting perspective on the Viet Nam War. I lost many friends and a fiance over there and am finally able to read about the experience that these (mostly) men may have experienced. I recognize that this is a novel, but from what I've heard, it runs pretty close to some of the truths of that place and time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2380)
    Performance
    (1373)
    Story
    (1398)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Steve Wozniak quite full of himself"
    Overall

    While some of this book were interesting, it is clear that this gentleman is so full of himself that he can only put any and all experiences in a totally positive light. Much of the book felt like he was just bragging.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16534)
    Performance
    (10797)
    Story
    (10676)

    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"
    "I enjoyed this story, the setting and characters."
    Overall

    Interesting premise. I tend to enjoy historical novels - I try to immerse myself into the era portrayed. This was a simple task with this book. I followed this book immediately with Alex Haley's Roots. I was intrigued by the relatively short difference in time frame - thinking about Scotland in the mid-1700's and America in the later 1700's. Good stuff.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7030)
    Performance
    (3394)
    Story
    (3400)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Not so much"
    Overall

    I'd thought that I'd read, somewhere, that Stephen King recommended this book. I just did not enjoy it. It seemed to me that the plot kept skipping around and, sometimes, it took me a while to figure out where the story was going. There were some good characters, hence the 2 stars. I'm sorry that I spent my credit on this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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