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Clayton

Dallas, TX, United States

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  • 14 ratings
  • 49 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Blood of Flowers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anita Amirrezvani
    • Narrated By Shohreh Aghdashloo
    Overall
    (1257)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (695)

    In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

    Shaddi says: "I loved this book!"
    "Aghdashloo's narration adds a unique quality"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the novel, particularly learning more about life in 17th century Persia and carpet making. Shohreh Aghdashloo's unique narration was a real bonus. I looked forward to my daily commute and the opportunity to hear this great actress read this tale.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Conan O'Brien, Seth Green, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1594)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (395)

    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is an engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

    Erik says: "A great listen"
    "I could relate to Sarah Vowell"
    Overall

    I was familiar with Sarah Vowell from her work on This American Life (her voice is unmistakable). I enjoyed this audiobook for her funny and insightful views grounded in her love for American history and her upbringing in the American West. This book is now close to ten years old and it is painful to realize her dread of Bush's election was spot on. Still worth a listen. I plan to listen to her other books based on this one.

    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
    (1938)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (791)

    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.

    Sara says: "Out Dated Even When It Was Current"
    "Inside view of an extraordinary campaign"
    Overall

    If you are interested in politics, you will enjoy Heilemann and Halperin's insider view of the 2008 presidential campaign. The audio book is well done and I listened to the entire book. Even with a insider's look at all the blemishes of the candidates, I came away with a sense that we elected the right man in Barack Obama, and that Hillary Clinton is a remarkable person. Obama made the right choice is asking her to be Secretary of State.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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