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  • The Butler: A Witness to History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history.

    Cris says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "Not what I was expecting"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Butler better?

    If it was the story of Eugene and not the ad lib from the other narrators.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Wil Haygood? Why or why not?

    Maybe. I just didn't like the end.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    I was expecting a story about Eugene and his experiences, not all the added after the fact.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I loved hearing about Eugene and his wife.


    Any additional comments?

    Could have been a little more about Eugene and his experiences rather than about how we now have a black president and look where we are now. Not that I'm against the "look where we are now", it's just that I wanted to hear about events that took place during his time working in the White House. Maybe because I saw the advertisement for the movie, my expectations of the book were higher. It was this advertisement that got me interested in the book.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2196)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1216)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "A little to much"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Shadowfever better?

    Less sex, to be point blank, would have made this book better. I absolutely loved the fourth book and was excited to find out what was going to happen in the next book. It was good, don't get me wrong but the emphasis seemed to be on the sex and not what the story seemed to be about from the start.


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

    The most interesting aspect of the story was Jericho Barrons and finding out who / what he was. You were just hoping for the ending to be a happy one, for him. Again, the least interesting aspect was all the sex. Too much; a little goes a long way.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Way too much sex, the other books were better.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Finding out about the characters and who they were and what they were about, was great. I did enjoy the story.


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