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Elizabeth

Love that Texas weather!

THE WOODLANDS, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (889)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "This book gives lots to mourn, much to celebrate"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Swerve the most enjoyable?

    To say that I had no idea is to put it mildly. Greenblatt, in his thorough and inimitable style, tells of the world in Classical Greek and Roman times, how the growing Christian Church changed society and also preserved (despite themselves, seemingly) the "pagan" early writings, and how Petrarch inspired Poggio to (eventually) discover Lucretius's long poem, "On the Nature of Things." I have learned of the invention of beautiful handwriting, how books--codices-- existed in Greek and Roman times (it was not all scrolls), and that monks in the dark ages were required to know how to read, and to read daily for extended periods of time. I have learned so much; I am eager to re-read this book to fill in what I have missed in all the amazing disclosures. My long fascination with the Middle Ages and my complete ignorance of Classical Greek and Roman times are being amply rewarded with details and images of how it must have been.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Swerve?

    The realization of how deeply and extensively the ethic "Christian guilt and sin" quashed curiosity and learning.


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

    Language is speech; I appreciate hearing the words as well as reading the text. I am both listening and reading this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book introduces the reader to very exciting concepts and helps to connect modern times to ancient times. We are not so very different, except for the overlay of the Christian ethic. People and societies are so real in Greenblatt's telling. I can't wait to finish the book and read it again, making notes the second time.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2494)
    Performance
    (2203)
    Story
    (2195)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "well-painted, braided story"
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    What made the experience of listening to And the Mountains Echoed the most enjoyable?

    The author and several other readers helped convey this story in a most compelling voice. Men and boys by the men readers, girls and women by the female. Because the author is himself Afghani, his authentic accent and speech helped ground the text. I don't think I would have been so affected by it, had I read it instead of listening to it.


    What other book might you compare And the Mountains Echoed to and why?

    Because the story was told from multiple points of view in progressive time periods, conditions of love and separation and the decisions made for us by parents are highlighted in an unforgettable way. Although other books have used multiple points of view of several characters, this book is unusually effective.


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

    Through the device of always writing in the first person, the narrators afford us voiced glimpses of the interior thoughts and memories of many different characters.


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

    I enjoyed listening in separate episodes. Wanting to make it last, I did not want to read it all in one sitting. I wanted to savor the thoughts of the different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book more and more, though it left me very sad for some characters and nostalgic in my own life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Anna Quindlen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (242)

    In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

    Sheila A. Dechantal says: "Worth a listen!"
    "Anna has told our familiar story so well!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake to be better than the print version?

    I only have the audio edition, and I love hearing Anna tell her story herself. I probably would not read the print version, given the choice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake?

    There were many; the ongoing and repeated recognition of times and events and interactions that reminded me of my own story will make this book one I listen to over and over.


    What about Anna Quindlen’s performance did you like?

    Anna reads her own words very well; in her apparently effortless style, she is like a close friend relating her story to me.


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

    No, I enjoyed hearing it in bits and pieces...going back and hearing it again. It never gets old.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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