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Deb

New Milford, CT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3854)
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    (3432)
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    (3451)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "A Must Read"
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    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    Whether or not you agree with Bill O'Reilly's politics or not, this is a suberb book. Very well written with lots of historical facts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2103)
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    (1871)
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    (1876)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "A Great History Lesson"
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    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Whatever you may feel about Bill Reilly and his politics this, as well as "Killing Lincoln" is a wonderful reflection during a most turbulent time. He adds historic detail as to what what going on in the world at the particular time. His narrations are great and I hope he writes more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2119)
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    (1417)
    Story
    (1420)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "If You Love Dogs, You'll Love This"
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    If you could sum up A Dog's Purpose in three words, what would they be?

    I Loved It


    What other book might you compare A Dog's Purpose to and why?

    "The Art of Racing in the Rain" is a similar story which was narrated by the beloved pet who had insight into almost everything that was going on, but no way to communicate their concerns.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    For all of us who has wondered what must be going on in the mind of our pets, it's a heartfelt and comical exploration into the life of man's best friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (729)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "A Must Read for Every Woman"
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    Where does I Am Malala rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks highest among all the books I have ever read. It is sad to realize that in the 21st Century, there are women and girls that have to fight for the right to be educated and by pursuing their dreams, can lose their life.


    What other book might you compare I Am Malala to and why?

    I would compare this book to "Reading Lolita in Tehran." Again, the fundamentalist regimes that ban women from pursuing education is something that should be brought to light.


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

    I had never listened to any of Archie Panjabi's other performances, but the narration of this particular book was wonderful, giving life to all the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (748)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "A Great Read"
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    Would you listen to The Worst Hard Time again? Why?

    I would definitely read this book again. It tells a story of the 1930's dustbowl era as a "perfect storm" of events that lead to this time. From the push to inhabit the land, to the demand for wheat in WWI and it's eventual collapse and finally, the drought that ravaged the land


    What other book might you compare The Worst Hard Time to and why?

    I would compare this book to Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman. The rush to inhabit the land of the midwest, from the lending practices to the advertisements of "dry farming," and the eventual market crash is not unlike the 2008 housing crisis. As a business major, I found many comparisons of the two events.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor and Ken Burns (introduction) – was your favorite?

    I admired all the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The story was so compelling and held my interest, I wish I could have read it all in one setting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read this book, you see where history has repeated itself time and time again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dee Brown
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (356)
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    (359)

    Dee Brown's eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the 19th century uses council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions. Brown allows great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated.

    Reginald says: "A wrenching introduction to this history."
    "Great Story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's sad that history doesn't tell the full story of the American Indian. While I didn't particularly care for the narrator, I felt the story very eye-opening. I especially like that each chapter begins with notable events in history.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rapture of Canaan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sheri Reynolds
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Novelist Sheri Reynolds weaves lyrical prose and folksy dialogue into her spellbinding tales. The Rapture of Canaan, a New York Times best-seller, is the moving story of a teenaged girl clashing with her harshly controlled world. Growing up in a closed religious community deep in the rural South, 15-year-old Ninah Huff painstakingly and obediently follows her church’s many rules—she knows that public humiliation follows the smallest transgression

    Chris says: "Title should have cued me"
    "Gripping Story"
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    I was interested with the cult-like culture of the story. Usually the leader of the group is charismatic, but in this story he is feared. I found it amazing how fear drove most of the characters and the actions they took to please the leader of the "church." It was ironic, though how the leader gave the children a "taste" of life on the outside. The ending left me wanting more. Great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Virtuous Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Kaye Gibbons
    • Narrated By Ruth Ann Phimister, Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    When Blinking Jack Stokes met Ruby Pitt Woodrow, she was 20 and he was 40. She was the carefully raised daughter of Carolina gentry and he was a skinny tenant farmer who had never owned anything in his life. She was newly widowed after a disastrous marriage to a brutal drifter. He had never asked a woman to do more than help him hitch a mule. They didn't fall in love so much as they simply found each other and held on for dear life.

    Valerie says: "Disappointment"
    "Unconditional Love"
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    A heartwarming story about a plain couple but their love endures. I loved the narration and found myself laughing out loud during the story. What intrigued me was trying to figure out what time period the story took place. A very "non romantic" love story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jane Hamilton
    • Narrated By Angela Jayne Rogers
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Growing up in a world of physical and emotional poverty, Ruth believes her shrewish mother's assessment of her - that she is dimwitted and worthless. When she marries an emotionally unstable ne'er-do-well, her troubles only multiply. Her job at the dry cleaners can't afford her little family the luxury of moving out of her mother's house. As the incessant bickering between her troubled husband and her abusive mother reaches a violent climax, Ruth must find a way to survive.

    C. Byrnes says: "It Enters Your Soul"
    "A Story of Survival"
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    Although the protagonist is verbally beaten down by her mother and those around her, she never plays the victim. She and the other characters were wonderfully developed and the narration was great. I enjoyed listening to the story and was left wanting more at then end. It was touching how she began to become more confident, but like all of us still had her doubts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Penny: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Joyce Meyer, Deborah Bedford
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Jenny Blake has a theory about life: big decisions often don't amount to much, but little decisions sometimes transform everything. Her theory proves true the summer she's 14, when she makes the decision to pick up a penny embedded in asphalt and consequently ends up stopping a robbery, getting a job, and meeting someone who changes her life forever: Miss Shaw.

    Grant says: "Inspiring"
    "Hard to Put Down"
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    The narration was wonderful and the story gripped your from the first line. A great read that teaches the wonderful gift given to us from God.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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