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HeyHeather

I have been reading since before I started school. I am not sitting in front of a book someone is reading it to me!

Ocean Park, ME, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (377)

    Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

    K. Knutsson says: "Best book ever!"
    "You have got to read this!"
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    Laura is an amazing author. The research and time that she puts into writing these books is unbelievable. The quality of the writing keeps you interested in the book as you just relax and get to the story cause you aren't worried about other distractions.

    I loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1212)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Wonderfully written"
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    I so enjoyed this book. The story the scene and then triumph over adversity, sometimes raises the hair on your neck and at others brings tears to your eyes. I rank this among my top 100 books of all time. I am going to be reading this over and over and over again.

    The narration is exemplary. Get this book and keep reading till you can't read anymore. You will love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2377)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1395)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Lots of Laughs"
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    This was a fun read. I laughed out loud so many times. Interesting story and nice history of computers. Nice to see the personal side of growing up as a computer engineer.

    The performance was good. The story was good. I was always interested in the back story that never made it to the mainstream.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12827)
    Performance
    (5190)
    Story
    (5230)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "The Best!"
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    Loved very second of this book. Couldn't stop reading this book. Stayed in the car, didn't answer the phone when reading.

    I was sad when the book was done. I will and have gone back to read it again, and again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Company of Cheerful Ladies: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1663)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (889)

    Readers everywhere have become entranced by the New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, from acclaimed author and award-winning wit Alexander McCall Smith. Each charming book in the series is a masterpiece of comic subtlety and a window for viewing the distinctive culture and landscape of Botswana.

    Nancy says: "Great Listen"
    "Boring"
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    I have yet to be bored by a book till I read this one. Not sure exactly where this book was going most of the time. It was way out of sync and the reader was not able to engage me in the book. Thankfully it was a short book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2949)
    Performance
    (2120)
    Story
    (2128)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "Interesting"
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    Interesting to see the way google works. Not something that I would read again. Once is enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8127)
    Performance
    (4836)
    Story
    (4824)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "At first I a was worried."
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    I had read Pillars and was afraid that this was going to be not enough of a story to keep me involved. Forget about that worry, off and running. I was engaged from the minute that the book started till the book finished. Many times I would wait in the car till I reached the next chapter.

    John Lee is a great narrator and he has all the accents and the variations of dialect. What a great way to read a book about an era that I was little or none informed about.

    The writing is well done, not surprised by Ken Follett. He carries all the characters through and is very good at crafting a story based on actual events.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rod: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rod Stewart
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (105)

    Rod Stewart was born the working class son of a Scottish plumber in north London. Despite some early close shaves with a number of diverse career paths ranging from gravedigging to professional soccer, it was music that truly captured his heart - and he never looked back. Rod’s is an incredible life, and here - thrillingly and for the first time - he tells the entire thing, leaving no knickers under the bed. A rollicking rock ’n’ roll adventure that is at times deeply moving, this is the remarkable journey of a guy with one hell of a voice - and one hell of a head of hair.

    Ninotchka says: "If you think he's sexy - or not - give it a go!"
    "Oh my gosh!"
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    What disappointed you about Rod?

    The story was terribly written.


    Has Rod turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, actually I read a lot of this genre.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    He had a great voice, and command of the essence of Rod Stewart.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed with quality of the writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Given the material that he had to pull from. He wasted so much time on the drugs and the alcohol. I doubt that I will ever listen to an autobiography of another performer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4329)
    Performance
    (2007)
    Story
    (2035)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "I wished it was better"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If could have been a bit more enchanting.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything else but this.


    Do you think Wicked needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Never.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was terrible from the outset. Hard to follow and difficult to listen too. I had to find other things to read in between. I am not sure that this explanation of all the background was worth the time it took to finish this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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