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Frederick

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  • The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Marlena de Blasi
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    From village feasts and rustic tavernas to ancient piazzas and moonlit balconies, the smells, tastes, sounds, and soul of Umbria come alive in Marlena de Blasi's evocative memoir. By turns romantic and sensual, joyous and celebratory, touching and humorous, Marlena de Blasi's account of moving with her husband, Fernando, to Orvieto, the largest city in Italy's Umbria, will appeal to anyone who delights in travel and shares the fantasy of beginning a new life in a very different place.

    Lydia says: "ZZZZZZZZZZZZ"
    "A Terrible Reader"
    Overall

    Even though this book owes more than a great debt to Francis Mayes (one could say it is an Under the Tuscan Sun knock off), it could still be enjoyable to Italophiles and those loving Orvieto if they had given some thought to the reader. This woman "butchers" the Italian language. This is not excusable in a book that has Italian words sprinkled liberally on almost every page! One could excuse the hard stuff like pronouncing gli as "glee" but when simple words are mispronounced (piccolo is pronounced "pee cho low") it just gets too much to bear. At every turn, the reader chooses the wrong place to put an accent. Why choose a reader who has no knowledge of, or affinity for, the Italian language? A missed opportunity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By Lars Mikaelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (207)

    In this highly anticipated follow-up to his blockbuster New York Times bestseller The Amateur, former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein delves into the rocky relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons. An old-school reporter with incredible insider contacts, Klein reveals just how deep the rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons runs, with details on closed-door meetings buttressed by hundreds of interviews.

    DS Ells says: "Fascinating!"
    "I Could Not Stop Listening!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    It exposed the inner workings, behind the scenes and the rotten underbelly of today's politics.


    What about Lars Mikaelson’s performance did you like?

    The performance was even handed and engaging....a very good narator.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy politics this book will engage you at every level.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2108)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (534)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "A Great Read!"
    Overall

    Engaging, thought provoking and very exciting. I kept me totally engaged-start to finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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