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Judy

Reviews written by Judy and Judy's husband Richard Davies

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 217 titles in library
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  • Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alexandra Fuller
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (176)

    Alexandra Fuller tells the idiosyncratic story of her life growing up white in rural Rhodesia as it was becoming Zimbabwe. The daughter of hardworking, yet strikingly unconventional English-bred immigrants, Alexandra arrives in Africa at the tender age of two. She moves through life with a hardy resilience, even as a bloody war approaches. Narrator Lisette Lecat reads this remarkable memoir of a family clinging to a harsh landscape and the dying tenets of colonialism.

    Cynthia says: "Captivating"
    "Wonderful memoir of a childhood in Africa"
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    Thanks to Lisette Lecat's spirited narration, this is a book that may well be better listened to than read in hard copy. Fuller remembers the richest of childhoods, led during a time of struggle and war in Rhodesia - now Zimbabwe, and later in Malawi and Zambia. Her mother could be dismissed as a bitter, depressed racist, and a drunk. But no! this woman was Alexandra Fuller's mum. And she has an intense of love of family. The book is timely touching and funny: truly out of Africa. Beautifully written and told with wit and wisdom. Spend some time with this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (2041)
    Performance
    (1815)
    Story
    (1832)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Flash Boys: A Great Book. OK Narration"
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    Michael Lewis has done it again. When I heard him say "the stock market is rigged", I was skeptical. Thanks to his book I changed my mind. The story is compelling with some very well drawn characters. But I was disappointed by the narration. Perhaps the publisher should have used a journalist to read this book… not an actor. There was too much emphasis on too many words! The narrator should not shout. He is speaking to me in my headphones and is not on a stage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ari Shavit
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts.

    Jan Ziff says: "Great book - unbearable narration"
    "Brilliant history, authentic narration"
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    Part memoir, part history, part provocation, this well reported book is a brilliant account of Israel's past, present and future. "My Promised Land" is deeply personal and moving. It is written by Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit who has deep knowledge and love of his subject: Israel. And yet he is also alive to the blindness of so many Isrselis when they ignore the other: their Arab neighbors. Shavit can be cold-eyed and clear about his nation's many enemies who deny its right to exist. A note about the narration: Paul Boehmer brings an Israeli voice and true authenticity to the production. His nuance and pronounciation are first-rate. He speaks in the voice of the author, just as he should. Listening to this book was a rich and rewarding experience. - Richard Davies

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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