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Judy

jazkibbe

East longmeadow, MA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nancy Isenberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Generations have been told that Aaron Burr was a betrayer: of Alexander Hamilton, of his country, of those who had nobler ideas. But that version has been shaped by historians and writers from the 18th century on who were blinded by tabloid reports and propaganda created by Burr's political enemies during his lifetime. It is time to discover the real Aaron Burr.

    Amazon Customer says: "Correct your history"
    "disappointed"
    Overall

    I think I might like the book very much but after an hour and a half i can not listen to Scott's exagerated inflections any longer. I loved him in The Company and he was a large part of my wanting to listen to this one. But his tone here doesn't match the text so it is just annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4215)
    Performance
    (2748)
    Story
    (2777)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "fascinating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    i loved it. why is there a minimum of 15 words required? word word

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11835)
    Performance
    (10246)
    Story
    (10225)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "fabulous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    a great listen. I found fascinating. wish I didn't need to write so many words....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Natural Woman: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carole King
    • Narrated By Carole King
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn to her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A Natural Woman chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing listeners into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful number-one album Tapestry, and into her journey as a performer, mother, wife, and present-day activist.

    Marie says: "Hearing it is even better than reading it!"
    "a bit tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Perhaps a professional reader. Carole is an awesome talent but reading isn't one of them. she sounds like a little girl.


    Any additional comments?

    I did learn things I didn't know and found interesting

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • New York: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (896)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (494)

    New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

    Chuck says: "Stunning"
    "loved it"
    Overall

    Every now and then I love a book and can't wait to drive somewhere to keep listening. This was one of those times. Fascinating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27497)
    Performance
    (14099)
    Story
    (14148)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "loved it"
    Overall

    fascinating

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10277)
    Performance
    (4730)
    Story
    (4745)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "liked it a lot"
    Overall

    great reader

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Audition: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Barbara Walters
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    "Young people starting out in television sometimes say to me: 'I want to be you.' My stock reply is always: 'Then you have to take the whole package.'" And now, at last, the most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us that "whole package", in her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than 40 years of interviewing celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.

    Shaddi says: "Absolutely Incredible Listen!"
    "fascinating."
    Overall

    i loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3664)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1189)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "really interesting"
    Overall

    I liked the book a lot. Made me think. I might have interpreted some results a little differently here or there -- but so what. still compelling. I was not a fan of the narrator's accent -- but that is a nit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2566)
    Performance
    (1036)
    Story
    (1036)

    Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

    Ms Discus says: "Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline"
    "I enjoyed some of it -- but not much"
    Overall

    The reader, Scott Brick, is very talented -- but I thought the book a real bore except for a small part toward the end...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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