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Jeannette

Hope Valley, RI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 1775: A Good Year for Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kevin Phillips
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    What if the year we have long commemorated as America’s defining moment was in fact misleading? What if the real events that signaled the historic shift from colony to country took place earlier, and that the true story of our nation’s emergence reveals a more complicated - and divisive - birth process? In this major new work, iconoclastic historian and political chronicler Kevin Phillips upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution by puncturing the myth that 1776 was the struggle’s watershed year. Mythology and omission have elevated 1776, but the most important year, rarely recognized, was 1775.

    Jeannette says: "An audio trip through history"
    "An audio trip through history"
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    What made the experience of listening to 1775 the most enjoyable?

    The story held your attention and went way beyond the history I missed in school.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reasearch and accuracy of the historical content was well researched and presented.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5117)
    Performance
    (2902)
    Story
    (2940)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "OUTSTANDING! Unable to stop listening"
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    Would you listen to The Forgotten Garden again? Why?

    Yes


    What other book might you compare The Forgotten Garden to and why?

    I have now listened to all Kate Mortons books and by far this one was the best. Although I must confess, I cannot wait for her next to be released!


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

    Her narration is a large part of the story. Her narration is supurb and just entices you to not stop listening.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Forgotten Garden and why?

    Cassandra and Nell. Although they were the major characters in this novel you felt as though they were alive and you were within there life.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keepers of the House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Shirley Ann Grau
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (141)

    Abigail was the last keeper of the house, the last to know the Howland family's secrets. Now, in the name of all her brothers and sisters, she must take her bitter revenge on the small-minded Southern town that shamed them, persecuted them, but could never destroy them.

    Chimigi says: "very enjoyable"
    "HMMMM....."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Really couldn't get into this one. At times it was just the story and others it was just the monotone voice of the narrator.
    Unfortunately didn't finish this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4322)
    Performance
    (3821)
    Story
    (3811)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Lorrie says: "LOVE THIS"
    "The "fiery", Fiery Cross"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fiery Cross the most enjoyable?

    The never ending interaction with characters from novel to novel


    What other book might you compare The Fiery Cross to and why?

    I think this series stands above a lot of them, the pairing of the story and the performance is a perfect "marriage".


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

    Yes, in previous Gabeldon novels. I think she carries on the previous performances through this book and does an outstanding job!


    If you could take any character from The Fiery Cross out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Claire. What a strong bold character, and someone who you can easily look to for strength.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6898)
    Performance
    (4865)
    Story
    (4854)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Captivating"
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    What did you love best about The Kitchen House?

    The characters come alive and evoke so many emotions it's almost as if they are real.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were so many strong characters to identify with it would be very hard to choose one.
    Lavinia would be my first choice.


    What does Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There voices put so much character into already strong characters, it really added to an already amazing story.


    If you could rename The Kitchen House, what would you call it?

    It should not be renamed, it is perfect.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jonathan Harr
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    An Italian village on a hilltop near the Adriatic coast, a decaying palazzo facing the sea, and in the basement, cobwebbed and dusty, lit by a single bulb, an archive unknown to scholars. Here, a young graduate student from Rome, Francesca Cappelletti, makes a discovery that inspires a search for a work of art of incalculable value, a painting lost for almost two centuries.

    Jeremiah says: "an incredible and complex story unfolds seamlessly"
    "A very interesting life behind some exquisite art"
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    If you could sum up The Lost Painting in three words, what would they be?

    I have listened twice! (More than 3 words......)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it was told through the eyes of the young historians pouring through old materials in an elderly ladies villa to find their answers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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