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Halena

Artist in Northern Kentucky. Loves listening to books. My likes are history, mystery and some , and mostly writers of the twentieth century

Alexandria, KY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 21 reviews
  • 91 ratings
  • 358 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (511)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "Empty"
    Overall

    Doesn't offer anything to think about. His writers must have been on strike when he put this out. Love the show.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Susan Denaker, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    This magisterial collection of short works by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner reminds listeners of his ability to compress his epic vision into narratives as hard and wounding as bullets. Among the 42 selections in this audiobook are such classics as "A Bear Hunt", "A Rose for Emily", "Two Soldiers", and "The Brooch".

    I. Aleksandrov says: "A nice way to get the feeling of Faulkner"
    "Too Chopped"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I couldn't make the transitions from one story to the next, one author to the next very well. Didn't complete the listening. I use it sometimes during the interim of waiting to purchase a new book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2342)
    Performance
    (2182)
    Story
    (2200)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Why did I Wait So Long?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After watching the movie countless times, I decided that I would listen to the book. It's a slightly different story and so well done that it was very enjoyable to listen too. Little changes made it not so predictable that added to it's engagement. One of King's best!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (698)

    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Melinda says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
    "As Always!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love the intrigue and the intelligent manner of presenting the mystery. Never shoddy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2354)
    Performance
    (1144)
    Story
    (1142)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "Only Capote"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After watching the movie and then listening to the book then watching the movie again did I understand Capote's involvement with the murderers' stories. Very intriguing!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Crockett: The Lion of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michael Wallis
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    His name was David Crockett. He never signed his name any other way, but popular culture transformed his memory into "Davy Crockett", and Hollywood gave him a raccoon hat he hardly ever wore. Best-selling historian Michael Wallis casts a fresh look at the frontiersman, storyteller, and politician behind these legendary stories.

    Michael says: "Author is very bias."
    "The Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Not fair for me to write about it -- I didn't finish it. It's a very adolescent book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3600)
    Performance
    (2069)
    Story
    (2083)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Very Informative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book has given me an insight in many different areas that I couldn't have gotten elsewhere....Thanks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6123)
    Performance
    (2294)
    Story
    (2317)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Ambivalent"
    Overall

    I did enjoy listening to this book but the ending did it a disservice. I was intrigued by the shifting periods, cultures and classes but I felt the writer became somewhat lazy in the numerous contrived character summations. I was a little relieved when the book ended.

    The narration was excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Idiot

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    In The Idiot, a saintly man, Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man."

    Daniela says: "Dostoevsky does it again"
    "True analysis of human character"
    Overall

    It's amazing to see the different directions people will go to in their conceptions of a another person's behavior.

    Truly enjoyed this book -- Narrator did a great job!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Jay Gatsby is the man who has everything. But one thing will always be out of his reach. Everybody who is anybody is seen at his glittering parties. Day and night his Long Island mansion buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing, and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby---young, handsome, and fabulously rich---always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, though no one knows what for.

    Amy says: "Brilliant book and perfect narrator"
    "Great Classic!"
    Overall

    Wonderful use of the English Language!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan, the Japanese Navy's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mitsuo Fuchida, Masatake Okumiya
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    This landmark study was first published in English by the Naval Institute in 1955. Widely acknowledged for its valuable Japanese insights into the battle that turned the tide of war in the Pacific, the book has made a great impact on American readers over the years. Two Japanese naval aviators who participated in the operation provide an unsparing analysis of what caused Japan's staggering defeat.

    Amazon Customer says: "Edge of your seat history"
    "Great Classic!"
    Overall

    Very intriguing. Want to learn more about the war in the Pacific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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