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Elaine

Stormville, NY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • A Room of One's Own

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Virginia Woolf
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

    Jefferson says: "A Witty, Beautiful Plea for Androgynous Integrity"
    "A classic every woman should read"
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    Would you listen to A Room of One's Own again? Why?

    I'd knew Virginia Woolf mainly by reputation and knew I should read her. I was right. She has a message for today's women and despite the time that has passed, it is still relevant. This was a perfect book for listening. The narrator was clear and the book was informative. Listening to it was the perfect way to approach Woolf.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Room of One's Own?

    My most memorable phrase is that women need support in order to achieve and that only comes with the ability to earn a living.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11968)
    Performance
    (10365)
    Story
    (10342)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "It lived up to its reputation."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely a great book. An in depth view of a complex man. I enjoyed listening to it and it kept my attention throughout. I highly recommend it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Selfish Gene

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1711)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1270)

    Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

    J. D. May says: "Better than print!"
    "Statistics and Probabilities"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Since I was heading to the Galapagos Islands, I thought some additional perspectives on Darwinism would be informative. The Selfish Gene is about natural selection but it goes about it with too many statistical examples. Darwin said it better!


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

    I did learn from the book and have a new view of the reason for my body, but it was too difficult to listen to this book and follow it.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (241)

    The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave, as he intended.

    Susan Holland says: "Not what I was expecting..."
    "Only if you like research"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Mark Twain never could write an autobiography. As he says, he writes about what interests him--and it obviously is not his own life. Comments about others come easy to Twain but the reader has to dig to get a view of Twain's life. The sections from his daughter Susie, who died young, do give some continuity to this scholarly book. Mainly, it is incidents, thoughts, anecdotes and opinions that Twain puts down in any order and in any way he wants. Luckily, even his random thoughts are interesting. Don't come to this expecting to understand Twain's life. It is more a slice of life seen from Twain's twinkling eyes.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Twain’s story?

    The most disappointing part is that I came away not having a real sense of his life.


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

    The narrator was excellent.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4094)
    Performance
    (2639)
    Story
    (2662)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Glad I listened"
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    What did you like best about Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World? What did you like least?

    This is a good book and one I am glad I listened to. It is basic history, told with some exciting moments. It is not the stuff that inspires making it into a movie, but is worth the knowing and the time if you are at all interested in history.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Humboldt's Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey That Changed the Way We See the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Gerard Helferich
    • Narrated By Ray Childs
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The thrilling story of the charismatic explorer who Simon Bolivar called "the true discoverer of South America" and the daring expedition that altered the course of science. From 1799 to 1804 German naturalist and adventurer Alexander von Humboldt conducted the first extensive scientific exploration of Latin America.

    Mark D. Jones says: "Excellent book about someone I knew nothing about"
    "New appreciation"
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    Where does Humboldt's Cosmos rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I hardly knew anything about Humboldt. This book gave me new appreciation for the genius of the man. Now, wherever I go, I see things named after him-- and rightly so. A great education in a very enjoyable format.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Memoirs of Cleopatra

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (119)

    This novel allows the unscrupulous and proud Queen of the Nile to recount her own tale. A masterful recreation of history.

    Michael A. Vasquez says: "I felt like I was there"
    "Worth the time"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I hesitated to order this book since it was so long. But it was well worth the time. The author has made Cleopatra real for me. Using historical facts, she weaves a completely believable woman who loved, lost and, in the end, triumphed in her own way. I spent many hours listening to the book, which is beautifully presented.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abigail Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Woody Holton
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Abigail Adams offers a fresh perspective on the famous events of Adams's life, and along the way, Woody Holton, a renowned historian of the American Revolution, takes on numerous myths about the men and women of the founding era. But the book also demonstrates that domestic dramas---from unplanned pregnancies to untimely deaths---could be just as heartbreaking, significant, and inspiring as the actions of statesmen and soldiers.

    Michael says: "A Remarkable Woman"
    "The Better Half of History"
    Overall

    A completely enjoyable and engaging look at history from the distaff side. I came away more an admirer of Abigail Adams than before. A great way to learn history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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