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Emily

Estate planning lawyer and mom to two boys. My older son liked audiobooks as an infant, and I've listened to a lot since then.

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (231)

    Daphne's lucky enough to get Snow White for a teacher - she loves little people - but poor Sabrina's stuck with Mr. Grumpner and a class of mildly psychotic sixth graders. When Mr. Grumpner is found hanging in a spider's web, it is up to the Grimms to find the Everafter who did it. If only Sabrina can get over her distrust of all fairy-tale folk. But how can she trust those who just might be responsible for the disappearance of her parents?

    Laura says: "I'm hooked now!"
    "Tied with the Riordan books as son's favorites"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sisters Grimm the most enjoyable?

    My son can't put these books down, and eagerly waited for the next installment. Other than the Riordan series, I haven't seen him that anxious to get the next book downloaded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the allusions to fairy tales and other well-known stories.


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

    My 12 year old came close -- certainly was anxious each evening (our time to listen to books on tape) to get this playing.


    Any additional comments?

    From an adult perspective I didn't love this series as much as my son -- but I would definitely recommend it to kids in his age group.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Uneasy Spirits: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By M. Louisa Locke
    • Narrated By Alexandra Haag
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Kathleen Hennessey, Annie Fuller's young Irish maid, has a plan. When her mistress is asked to expose a fraudulent trance medium, Arabella Frampton, Kathleen is determined to assist in the investigation, just like the Pinkerton detectives she has read about in the dime novels. Nate Dawson, up-and-coming San Francisco lawyer, has a dilemma. He wants to marry the unconventional Annie Fuller, but he doesn't feel he can reveal his true feelings until he has a way to make enough money to support her.

    Emily says: "Another wonderful historical mystery"
    "Another wonderful historical mystery"
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    I love this series! I enjoy the characters and the mystery, but what sets it apart is the setting of historic San Francisco. SF has been one of my favorite places to visit, and I enjoy learning about what it was like in the late 1800’s. Although there is a lot of historical detail, it always seems appropriate to and integrated into the story.

    The narrator has a pleasing voice and I find her relaxing to listen to -- a good listen for commuting or before bed. Although this installment in the series has some mildly creepy aspects. There were a few times I decided it would be better listened to in the light of day!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charity Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    When Fate and a chivalrous impulse combine to saddle Viscount Desford with a friendless, homeless waif in the engaging shape of Cherry Steane, who else should he turn to in such a scrape but his childhood playmate, Henrietta Silverdale? And although they refused to oblige their parents by marrying, they have always been the best of friends. But as Desford pursues Cherry's grandfather and father around the seedier fringes of society, Hetta is forced to wonder if he might not, at last, have fallen in love.

    JULIA says: "Extremely enjoyable 'read'."
    "Funny and Charming Heyer Classic"
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    What did you love best about Charity Girl?

    One of my favorite Heyers! Begins with a marvelous scene with the hero and his father – just classic Heyer. Both the hero and heroine are delightful, as were all the minor characters. I loved the hero’s mother and younger brother, and many of the other minor characters were hilarious. Lots of humor and an appealing, intelligent, and mature central couple – all of the best aspects of Heyer to me.Philpott is also my favorite Heyer narrator. He voices all the different characters so well, male and female, and has a wonderful voice to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor, the characters, and the marvelous narration.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Either the wonderful scene at the beginning with Desford and his father, or the madcap and touching end to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best Heyer audios on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bill Messenger
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Jazz is a uniquely American art form, one of America's great contributions to not only musical culture, but world culture, with each generation of musicians applying new levels of creativity that take the music in unexpected directions that defy definition, category, and stagnation.

    Now you can learn the basics and history of this intoxicating genre in an eight-lecture series that is as free-flowing and original as the art form itself.

    Joseph says: "A Disappointingly Distorted, Myopic View Of Jazz"
    "Topics in Jazz and Related Genres"
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    I thought this was an excellent introduction to jazz and related genres. I felt it started slow, but fairly soon into the recording I was hooked. The lecturer is one of the better Great Courses professors; I enjoyed listening to him. Contrary to one of the other reviewers, I thought this one was perfect on audio. I never had any confusion because this wasn’t in video form. And I find I make much more progress on Great Courses that are in audio since I’m not tethered to the TV.

    I’m surprised to see the negative reviews, because I really enjoyed this. I’m sure it is aimed at a listener like me who lacks a deep knowledge of jazz and jazz history. Given the length, it was more a sampler of topics in jazz history, including ragtime, blues, and swing. I think some of the negative reviewers may have been looking for a comprehensive survey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voltaire and the Triumph of the Enlightenment

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Alan Charles Kors
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Discover why intellectuals and historians alike consider Voltaire to be one of the most intriguing, influential, and elusive thinkers of the modern world. Focusing on the deepest, most enduring aspects of Voltaire's work and thought, but never losing sight of the colorful, fascinating man himself, these 12 lectures sketch for you a vibrant, thought-provoking vision of Voltaire as "the father of the Enlightenment" and one of the great literary personalities of all time.

    Emily says: "Enlightenment ideas still relevant today"
    "Enlightenment ideas still relevant today"
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    This was one of my favorite Great Courses. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. My only real exposure to Voltaire before this was reading Candide in high school. The professor has such passion for the topic, and manages to pass it on to the listener. I felt I learned so much about not just Voltaire but the times he lived in, especially about the forces in French society that led to the revolution, and the figures of the Enlightenment that continue to impact us today.

    I thought Prof. Kors was one of the best professors in the Great Courses series -- I always looked forward to listening to him.

    I also thought this one was perfect on audio. I never had any confusion because this wasn’t in video form. And I find I make much more progress on Great Courses that are in audio since I’m not tethered to the TV. That said, anyone new to the Great Courses should realize that they sound like a professor lecturing (which is what it is) and not like a narrator reading an audiobook. I actually find that more engaging, but I realize some listeners prefer a smooth narration, rather than someone lecturing from a podium.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War, Terrible War: A History of US, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joy Hakim
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (9)
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    (9)

    Riveting, moving, and impossible to put down, War, Terrible War takes us into the heart of the Civil War, from the battle of Manassas to the battle of Gettysburg and on to the South's surrender at Appomattox Court House. Follow the common soldiers in blue and gray as they endure long marches, freezing winter camps, and the bloodiest battles ever fought on American soil.

    Emily says: "Civil War history for tweens and teens"
    "Civil War history for tweens and teens"
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    My 12 year old and I have really enjoyed this Hakim history series. He actually finds it his preferred listening before bed. Although I was a US history major decades ago, I enjoy re-learning about events in US history. I’ve been encouraging my older son to listen as a way to bone up on US history before he heads off to college.
    This installment was especially good. The civil war is such an interesting and sad time in US history, filled with great and memorable stories. Both my son and I learned a lot from it.
    In terms of perspective, I think it is fair to say that Hakim has a center left orientation, not dissimilar from the commentary you would see in a PBS documentary or a national park museum. Although I share her politics, it is sometimes a bit disconcerting to me that she digresses into judgments on the beliefs or behaviors encountered. I wonder if that is in part driven by the middle or high school audience and what she perceives as their need for guidance about the events she covers. I would have preferred not to have the commentary, but I think it is a minor flaw.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frederica

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Clifford Norgate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (509)

    Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

    Carol says: "Frederica"
    "One of the best Heyers"
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    This might be my favorite Heyer. I adore both the hero and heroine, but also her adorable family. I have a real weakness for the little boys of Heyer’s books, and how in this one they bring out Alverstoke’s best side. Writing this review makes me want to reread this one!
    Unlike some Heyers, the main couple are onstage for almost all of this book, and the book is written mostly from the hero’s perspective, both of which I enjoy.
    The only negative for me was the narrator. He is an excellent narrator, but he sounded much older than the characters in the book, which for some reason is disconcerting to me. This book should be narrated by a man, since most of the characters are male, but I think it would be better to have one who could voice younger characters convincingly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Football 101

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Gilbert Klein
    • Narrated By Jack Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    This is an entertaining, informative beginner's guide to understanding football. Also, I guarantee* that this is the most enjoyable introductory audiobook ever about football, and that after listening to this audiobook you will know and love the game.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "A great introduction to football"
    "Decent intro to football for the near-novice"
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    Overall, I thought highly of the book. I bought it for my teen and tween sons who've recently gotten interested in watching football with me. They have very little overall knowledge of the game and I think they got a lot out of it, though they said they did have trouble paying attention at times (and they are die hard audiobook listeners). I got it on the Daily Deal and at that price it is hard to go wrong.

    I did have two negatives about it. For me, a long time (but not serious) fan, it didn't do much to help me with all the questions I have when watching the game, so I'm not sure someone like me is the target audience. More importantly, I don't think this is the best medium to learn how to follow a football game. Watching a game with commentary -- or watching the pregame show for the Superbowl right now -- does more to explain what is going on, since it comes with visuals.

    In sum, I think this book works best for a near novice, who wants to listen something to understand the basics when not watching a game. For a person who doesn't want to interrupt the fans in their life with dumb questions, this might be perfect.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Liberty for All?: A History of US, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joy Hakim
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Early nineteenth-century America could just about be summed up by Henry David Thoreau's words when he said, "Eastward I go only by force, but westward I go free." It was an exuberant time for the diverse citizens of the United States, who included a range of folk, from mountain men and railroad builders to whalers and farmers, as they pushed forward into the open frontier. And all their hopes and fears are captured in Liberty for All?

    Emily says: "Great survey of pre-Civil War US history"
    "Great survey of pre-Civil War US history"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Liberty for All? to be better than the print version?

    My 12 year old and I are certainly enjoying the audio version better than we would the printed text. We find the narrator engaging and we get more covered since we can do other things while we listen. Some people have been concerned that the format wouldn't work on audio since there are sidebars with information in the text. It seems pretty seamless to us on audio.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series. Aimed at middle and high schoolers, I certainly have learned a lot as an adult. It would work well for an adult who is new to American history, but it also helped me brush up on facets of American history that I had forgotten.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Sophy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sarah Woodward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (896)
    Performance
    (797)
    Story
    (797)

    Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

    Carol says: "The Full Sophy"
    "One of Heyer's best; wonderful narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Grand Sophy to be better than the print version?

    Until I listened to it, I would have thought that pretty unlikely, but now I'm a convert. The narrator is superb and it is helpful to hear the pronounciations of some of the words in an English accent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Sophy is one of Heyer's great characters. As a teen, I didn't appreciate Charles, but encountering TGS anew, he's one of my favorites as well. In the best Heyer's, the minor characters are funny and recognizable types, and this novel is no exception.


    What about Sarah Woodward’s performance did you like?

    She has a pleasing voice and characterized the different players well. It moved at a good pace, and the humor was very present.


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

    A bit long for that, and I like to savor a good Heyer. That said, I felt no desire to turn it off, other than it was past my bedtime.


    Any additional comments?

    Very much recommended. These a great books for teen girls, and I'd recommend them over a lot of the YA titles out there now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Key and What it Opened

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
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    (3)

    This suspenseful novella focuses on the dark secret that haunts the aristocratic Trevlyn family since the untimely death of Sir Richard Trevlyn. His widow keeps the key to the mystery inside a locket, which she never takes off. When a charming stranger with ulterior motives gains access to Lady Trevlyn and her young daughter, will he unlock the family secrets along with their hearts? Fans of Alcott’s Little Women and her heroine Jo March’s racy stories will delight in this Victorian sensation novel.

    Lynette says: "Great Novella"
    "Unusual mystery from Alcott; wonderful narration"
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    Would you listen to The Mysterious Key and What it Opened again? Why?

    Yes, it was a fun listen. The mystery kept me engaged and yet I also found it relaxing to listen to the story.


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

    Yes, she is a favorite narrator of mine. She has a pleasing voice, and also does wonderful accents and characterizations for the different people in the story. I would recommend her as a reliably excellent performer.


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

    Yes, I wasn't able to but it was a good length to listen straight through. It would make a good one to listen to on a drive.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a "typical' Alcott but I'm glad that I have heard it. Definitely would recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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