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Beth

Sterling, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3326)
    Performance
    (2999)
    Story
    (3014)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Claire Danes was fabulous!"
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    I usually listen to books for about 30-45 minutes a day, as I exercise. Once I started this one, I just kept the headphones on all day and listened to it over just two weekends. Very engrossing story. Cannot say enough about Claire Danes' performance -- just incredibly well done.

    I was sorry that I googled to find out if a movie had ever been made of this book. I saw the trailer and then wished I hadn't. Movie looks just dreadful. I also wished I could get the visuals from the movie trailer out of my head -- I preferred the ones I had conjured up.

    I'm not sure I would have liked reading this book as much as I loved listening to it.

    Highly recommend this audible book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sandra Day O'Connor
    • Narrated By Sandra Day O'Connor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    From Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, comes this fascinating book about the history and evolution of the highest court in the land. Out of Order sheds light on the centuries of change and upheaval that transformed the Supreme Court from its uncertain beginnings into the remarkable institution that thrives and endures today.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Historical Account of the Supreme Court"
    "I'm really sorry, Sandy..... :/"
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    ... Your book just wasn't that great. I wanted to like it, I really did, but let's face it, I really don't care about the exact wording of each oath that every single justice was sworn in with. I really don't care to hear a list of names of justices from the early 1800's that mean nothing to me. I was somewhat excited to get to the part about "humor from the bench"... but, well, it just wasn't even remotely funny.

    I got this book because I had so much enjoyed The Oath. I wanted more.

    You let me down, Sandy.

    You are a great pioneer for women and I have always admired you, but.. you let me down.

    For a while I felt an obligation to keep plowing through it, but after a while, I just couldn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Anna Quindlen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (225)

    In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

    Sheila says: "Worth a listen!"
    "Fabulous -- Tells the story of my life"
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    I'm about the same age as Anna Quindlen (born in the early 50's), and I could relate to just about everyting she said. Very interesting analysis of the women's movement -- how we got here -- where we are -- and what we still need to do. The only thing I had a problem with was when she talked about our generation having to take care of our parents, and the idea that we shouldn't "become the parents" and tell them it's time to move into assisted living. She argues that they are adults and have the right to make their own decision. It's obvious she never had to make this decision (her own mother died when she was a young woman). She also wants to live right up until the end and then die peacefully in her sleep. Well.... who doesn't???!!! But it was a wonderful, wonderful book, and I really enjoyed listening to it. Not sure if it would appeal to other genders/generations, but it sure hit the mark with me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (748)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Joe says: "Best Audiobook of 2010!"
    "Very interesting"
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    I thought this was an extremely unbiased examination of what happened during the 2008 presidential election. Very interesting story -- well researched. Even though I knew "how it turned out" I discovered there was a whole lot I did not know.

    Highly recommend -- regardless of your political persuasion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Chris Matthews
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    In Chris Matthews’ extraordinary biography, we see this most beloved president in the company of friends. We see and feel him close-up, having fun and giving off that restlessness of his. We watch him navigate his life from privileged, rebellious youth to gutsy American president. We witness his bravery in war and selfless rescue of his PT boat crew. We watch JFK as a young politician learning to play hardball and watch him grow into the leader who averts a nuclear war.

    Dolf says: "Superb Research & Writing / Mediocre Narration"
    "Extremely interesting"
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    The 1960 presidential election was the first one I remember. This book is an excellent biography of John F. Kennedy -- full of information I did not know. For example, I had no idea how sickly he was as a child and how many times he almost died from illness. Wonderful poliltical analysis. His early friendhip with Richard Nixon was unexpected as well. I highly recommend this book -- very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (953)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Very interesting"
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    The author narrates and does an excellent job. There are quite a few unpronounceable names in the book of the natives of New Guinea, and either the author did an excellent job pronouncing them, or he was very consistent and self-assured in his mis-pronunciation, because it sounded flawless.

    Good story of survival in the jungle and a "failure is not an option" type of rescue that had never been done before.

    Very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4152)
    Performance
    (2985)
    Story
    (2981)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Very enjoyable"
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    Overall a very good book, nicely narrated. I didn't care for the final scene (don't want to include a spoiler), but that's a personal opinion about how I wanted the story to go.

    Good story, well-written... very enjoyable. I have read several of Ann Patchett's books and I really do enjoy her writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dear American Airlines

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Miles
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    Bennie Ford, a 53-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter's wedding when his flight is canceled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O'Hare airport, he watches the clock tick and realizes that he will miss the ceremony. Frustrated, irate, and helpless, Bennie does the only thing he can: he starts to write a letter.

    Victoria Wright says: "Hard to put down"
    "Rambled a bit..."
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    I doubt I would have finished this book if I'd been reading it rather than listening to it. Stories tend to drift around and characters float in and out.

    Rather like a really, really, really long lay-over in an airport.

    Coincidence? I think not.

    Story starts off well, drags.. then ends decently.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Turn of Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alice LaPlante
    • Narrated By Jean Reed Bahle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (184)

    Told through the voice of a woman with a powerful intellect that is maddeningly slipping away, Turn of Mind is not only a suspenseful psychological thriller that pulses with intensity but also a brilliant portrayal of the fragility of consciousness and memory, and of a mind finally turning on itself.

    smith says: "Not bad"
    "I pictured Helen Mirren as the narrator"
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    What a challenge for the author to tell a story like this from the point of view of a woman suffering from dementia! I thought it was very well done, indeed. I loved the very beginning when I didn't know who to trust any more than the main character did.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (647)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "The Big Short is better"
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    I finally got tired of the drama in the narrator's tone and gave up. The facts behind this book are interesting -- evidence of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi Scheme is delivered to the SEC three or four times over a period of ten years or so, and nothing happened. I didn't need it made into a "thriller". I enjoyed Michael Lewis' The Big Short MUCH better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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