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Member Since 2011

  • 12 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 107 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014

  • Culture and Imperialism

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Edward W. Said
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim

    A landmark work from the intellectually auspicious author of Orientalism, this book explores the long-overlooked connections between the Western imperial endeavor and the culture that both reflected and reinforced it. This classic study, the direct successor to Said's main work, is read by Peter Ganim (Orientalism).

    AnthonyStevens says: "BRAVO, AUDIBLE!! WE NEED MORE SAID!! REAL BOOKS!!"
    "The audio equivalent to watching paint dry."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A plot, a narrator who didn't speak in constant uninteresting monotone and a more interesting subject matter.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something fiction, perhaps.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was monotone and uninteresting.

    What character would you cut from Culture and Imperialism?

    All of them, or none of them. I don't know. I kept falling asleep, which is not good because I was driving.

    Any additional comments?


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Dress

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rachel Hauck
    • Narrated By Eleni Pappageorge
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Charlotte owns a Birmingham bridal boutique. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress - or feel certain she should marry Tim? Then Charlotte purchases a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new, shimmering with pearls and satin, hand stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress.

    Pamela Dale Foster says: "God Directs Who Wears the Gown Next"
    What disappointed you about The Wedding Dress?

    The storyline was Harlequin Romance Novel predictable. I couldn't stay interested in the main character long enough to pay attention to the story.

    What could Rachel Hauck have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have preferred that she stick with the historical fiction. The current-day characters seemed too stiff, predictable, boring and totally fabricated.

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

    no. She was enjoyable.

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


    Any additional comments?

    glad it was a cheap book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Follow the River

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Alexander Thom
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mary Ingles was 23, happily married, and pregnant with her third child when Shawnee Indians invaded her peaceful Virginia settlement in 1755 and kidnapped her, leaving behind a bloody massacre. For months they held her captive. But nothing could imprison her spirit. With the rushing Ohio River as her guide, Mary Ingles walked one thousand miles through an untamed wilderness no white woman had ever seen.

    Marie says: "Amazing tale of survival"
    "Amazing story, but just a little too long."
    What did you like best about Follow the River? What did you like least?

    The characters were engaging and the story developed very quickly. I found myself horrified at Mary Ingalls' ordeal and wanted desperately for her to survive with her children. The first half of the story was filled with awful circumstances, but the strength of Mary's will was inspiring. But, somewhere deep in the second half of the book, it became excruciatingly boring. Too much detail about the trek back to her home left me wondering if I could even finish it. I found myself forwarding through entire sections to find the storyline.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Follow the River?

    The entire book was an amazing tale of the human spirit.

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

    This was my first with him as narrator, but I really enjoyed his performance and will look for others by him.

    Did Follow the River inspire you to do anything?

    It renewed a sense of pride in our forefathers and pilgrims here in America. Their strengths were tested on a daily basis and their sacrifice was very great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This book is Moore's most personal to date - and will be irresistible to fans and foes alike. A sort of anti-memoir, Moore breaks the autobiographical mode while he hilariously presents 20 far-ranging, irreverant vignettes from his own life. This book is a wild, revealing, take-no-prisoners ride through the early life of Michael Moore. Alternately funny, eye-opening, and moving, this is a book Michael Moore has been writing - and living - for a very long time.

    Amazon Customer says: "So that's how he got that way"
    "Only Michael Moore."
    If you could sum up Here Comes Trouble in three words, what would they be?

    What comes next?

    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is actually a compilation of stories about Michael Moore's life. He has led an interesting one, for certain. He is a fantastic story teller. I love the story about his meeting Bobby Kennedy. I found most of the stories very interesting and entertaining.

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

    None besides his movies.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life is stranger than fiction and a heck of alot more extraordinary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    JDB says: "Not as good as I hoped."
    "Dan Brown delivers again."
    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    I doubt that I would listen again, but not because it wasn't a good story. There are too many books, so little time.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The scene that unfolds in the hospital and the pursuit that follows.

    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He was a good narrator with perfect inflection and timing.He was skilled at bringing each of the characters to life.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not especially. Overpopulation sounds a little scary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Total Control

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sidney Archer has the world. A husband she loves. A job at which she excels, and a cherished young daughter. Then, as a plane plummets into the Virginia countryside, everything changes. And suddenly there is no one whom Sidney Archer can trust.

    Rachel says: "Go back to your old narrator!!"
    "Good story, TERRIBLE narration."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Good plot, compelling characters. Had it not been for these two things, I would have stopped listening after the first paragraph. The narrator seemed completely amaturish, pausing in the wrong places, inflection displaced throughout the entire reading. I felt like I was listening to my 10 year-old nephew read. I truly wish I had just purchased this one in print.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Really good plot and decent twists and story development. A little predictable and some of the characters were overdone.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Marosz’s performances?

    NO, It was terrible all the way through. I will avoid his performances.

    Was Total Control worth the listening time?

    I suppose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Eudora Welty
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Jessica Almasy, Victor Bevine, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This complete collection includes all of the published stories of Eudora Welty. There are 41 stories in all, including those in the earlier collections A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, The Golden Apples, and The Bride of the Innisfallen, as well as previously uncollected stories.

    Yennta says: "Too Good For Audio"
    "It's a rollercoaster ride, Eudora."
    What did you like best about The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty? What did you like least?

    The collection is exhaustive, covering her entire portfolio. It is purposefully inclusive of her impressive span of writing. That being said, Eudora tends to leave her story endings as wide open as her eyes always were. Short stories with great characters and fantastic depth play across the pages, make you care who they are, what they feel. Then, snap, Eudora changes stories and her characters are left hanging in the air. I suppose even that is the mark of a fantastic story-teller. What's better than a lively character who is unresolved? Well, perhaps a lively character who is resolved. Still, she makes you come back for more.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Eudora Welty? Why or why not?

    Yes. In fact, I have several volumes of her works in writing.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    Some of them. Others were not enjoyable at all in context with a SOUTHERN writer. A southern drawl is completely necessary when reading Eudora Welty aloud...

    Do you think The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    She did plenty of that.

    Any additional comments?

    Would be a great tool for teachers, if teachers are still allowed to teach creative writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Defending the plot may be more difficult...."
    What did you like best about Defending Jacob? What did you like least?

    The story had compelling characters with great potential for the storyline. However, the longer the story went on, the less I was impressed. It became difficult to tell who was the main character, Jacob or his father. I suppose I might have forgiven the muddled character lines had I been enticed to care about Jacob at all. There was never interjected any insight to his character. Only a steady stream of reflections by the narrator, Jacob's father.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The initial intrigue of the murder was a draw in the first part of the narrative. The boy had been accused of the most horrible crime and his life was hinging on his father's determination to prove him innocent. However, Andrew Barber, attorney at law, cannot seem to separate himself from his son. He goes on and on defending his son, but the story is really about himself. It becomes a lengthy exercise in self-awareness and guilt-mongering which never reveals Jacob at all. Perhaps the plot was designed to leave the reader uncertain, but it only made me less interested as the story played out.

    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    The old Irish thug, Father O'Leary. He was a minor character, but at least he was mysterious enough to be interesting.

    Was Defending Jacob worth the listening time?

    No. I would not recommend it.

    Any additional comments?

    In fairness, I am not a fan of this type of story. It was told me that William Landay's writing was very John Grisham-like. I can't see that comparison at all. The story was not a complete flop, but had I not been vested with hours of travel time with the audio, and had I been reading the novel, I likely would have tossed it aside well before I reached the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Okay, but too much detail about little things."
    What did you like best about 1776? What did you like least?

    It was interesting at first, but slowly took on too much weight in small, seemingly insignificant details. I enjoyed reading about our separation from England and learned quite a bit along the way, but as the book moved along, it became thick with small details and less a story of the people who fought for our release from tyrany. I wanted to know more what George Washington's soldiers might have been feeling that statistics about uniforms and how long it took to dig lavoratory holes. I just felt myself getting bored in the end.

    Would you recommend 1776 to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably, but only friends truly interested in early American History and not for entertainment.

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

    I would like to sit down and have a real conversation with him. He is very knowledgable. obviously. At times he added some life to his own narrative. It became like listening to your grandpa tell about "old times": endearing, but way too much information.

    Was 1776 worth the listening time?

    Most of the listening time was okay, though I admit to fast forwarding a few times.

    Any additional comments?

    George Washington REALLY was the man. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

    CyndiLooWho says: "Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!"
    "Prolific and lovely devotion of father and son."
    Would you listen to Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son again? Why?

    Absolutely. I absolutely love both of these actors. Their story is both interesting and entertaining.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Alternating points of view. Chapters alternate between father and son, which was fantastic, because truth is often relative, and in this case subjective. It was fun to hear the stories from the different points of view. It develops into a very interesting and telling relevation of one of Hollywood's best known families. I found myself laughing and even crying with them.

    What does Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I believe I could imagine their voices in my head as I read, but it was nice to hear their unmistakable inflection and the truth in their voices.So very entertaining. I love to be entertained on screen by each of them and am excited to find this new audio avenue.

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

    Yes, I often took the long way home when listening in the car and would finish chapters while doing housework before going to bed. I plan to also purchase the written version.

    Any additional comments?

    Hope that the duo continue to collaborate for a long time. LOVE the Sheen family. They came up the hard way: no Hollywood pretentiousness. Very humble and down to earth. Thanks so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Tom Hanks, Stephen Colbert

    The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life. "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
    —Stephen Colbert

    Phillip says: "It might be inspirational."
    "Fun, but silly"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    What's to change? It is what it is.

    Which character – as performed by Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert (introduction) – was your favorite?

    Tom Hanks

    Could you see I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It's called "The Colbert Report"

    Any additional comments?

    Hanks is really funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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