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Beverly

Jackson, OH, United States

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REVIEWS
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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1551)
    Performance
    (1354)
    Story
    (1360)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    RSolomons says: "Every Character a Gem!"
    "Heartbreaking"
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    Where does The Grapes of Wrath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent story, good narration.


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

    Good performance of multiple voices.


    Any additional comments?

    Could have done without the harmonica interludes between chapters. Gave me headaches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (615)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "Things never change..."
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    I was fascinated by the scientists who devoted themselves to finding a vaccine, the desperation with which they pursued all avenues. And, the ignorance of people who continued to spread the disease after being told to stay home, away from crowds, etc.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (347)

    Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    Heimo says: "deeply moving rollercoaster ride"
    "Frustrating!"
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    This was a good listen, but at times you just wanted to reach in there and tell the woman that she needed to "Run, Save yourself!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • North and South: North and South Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (890)

    Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

    Parusski says: "Captivating novel of the Civil War"
    "Gone with the Wind, lite"
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    I liked this because I love Civil War novels. The cloe relationships betweent the Northern & Southern families added a new dimension.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of the Mansion: Trixie Belden #1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julie Campbell
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Trixie can't believe she's stuck in Sleepside all sumemr while her lucky brothers are away at camp. Then a millionaire's daughter moves in next door, a runaway kid hides out nearby, and rumors heat up that the old mansion on the hill is filled with a fortune. Maybe the summer won't be so boring after all!

    Adrienne says: "My son and my daughter both loved this!"
    "Like old friends"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I lvoe that Trixie is a regular kid...at least, she is as opposed to Nancy Drew and others.


    Did Ariadne Meyers do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I found many of her voices merely whiney instead of different.


    Could you see The Secret of the Mansion being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I can see the series of books as a TV series. I don't know any child actors....Back in the day a blonde Molly Ringwald would have been a good Trixie; Lisa Welchel, Honey;


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love and War: Volume Two of the North and South Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (525)

    The Main and Hazard families clash on and off the Civil War’s battlefields as they grapple with the violent realities of a divided nation. America's master storyteller continues his reign with Love and War, a story steeped in passion and betrayal. With the Confederate and Union armies furiously fighting, the once-steadfast bond between the Main and Hazard families continues to be tested. From opposite sides of the conflict, they face heartache and triumph on the frontlines as they fight for the future of the nation and their loved ones.

    Hunter says: "The second is as good as the first!!!"
    "The Battle Continues"
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    What made the experience of listening to Love and War the most enjoyable?

    The feeling of being familiar with the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It begins to tie up some loose ends, while creating others


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Madeline. She has a very difficult path.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The battle continues....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (562)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "Excellent all the way around"
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    Where does The Bonfire of the Vanities rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank it in the top ten, among Atlas Shrugged, Unbroken, East of Eden, Grapes of Wrath, Fall of Giants, Gone with the Wind, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to find a favorite character. There weren't many admirable people.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    The way he changed his voice, evoking classes and prejudices.


    If you could rename The Bonfire of the Vanities, what would you call it?

    A Perfect Storm of Classes


    Any additional comments?

    It was interesting to see some of the characters recognize their own faults, only to be unable to do anything about them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1206)
    Performance
    (1037)
    Story
    (1050)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    Suzn F says: "Epic story of Love and Loss"
    "One of my best listens"
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    Would you listen to East of Eden again? Why?

    Yes. There is so much insightful material beyond the actual plot. I would like to listen more closely to those passages.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Poe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1626)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1448)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Lovely"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rose Garden to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was predictable and a little too much romance novel-ish for me.


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is lovely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2693)
    Performance
    (1684)
    Story
    (1682)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Not what I expected"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is very informative.


    What was most disappointing about Martha Stout’s story?

    It wasn't really a story. I thought I was buying true crime, but it was more like a textbook. However, that turned out not to be a bad thing.


    If you could give The Sociopath Next Door a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Which one of us is it?


    Any additional comments?

    It makes you look at people you've known differently. You start thinking, maybe they weren't just jerks, maybe they were really sick!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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