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Julia

chesapeake, VA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1626)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1452)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "I'm listening a second time."
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    Where does One Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books I have listened to, and I have been a member for many years. Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh and many people I have never heard of. Who would think to write about an executioner? But it's all woven together beautifully. And I love the author's delivery. Not all authors should be reading their own books, but Bryson is perfect. I plan to listen to One Summer again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charleston's Elegant Sinners

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Terry Ward Tucker
    • Narrated By Terry Ward Tucker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    If Charleston were wine, it would be a dry claret. Smell it, savor it as that first sip blooms on your tongue like a red, red rose. Do you feel the warmth as it seeps into your bloodstream? If you do, you've just had your first deception, for Charleston will entertain you, entice and seduce you, but she will never, ever warm you. It is here in the moral ruins of the Holy City, that Arlena Prince loses everything, only to find loss can bring redemption.

    Julia says: "Only Bill Bryson should narrate his own work"
    "Only Bill Bryson should narrate his own work"
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Charleston's Elegant Sinners?

    Monotone narration. Couldn't distinguish among various characters. Implausible story line. Chose this title because I'm planning a trip to Charleston, and was hoping to pick up some history or, at least, some place names.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Ward Tucker again?

    Certainly nothing that she narrates.


    How could the performance have been better?

    With a different narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I do have an hour left on the book, and plan to finish listening, so I suppose something is drawing me. Right now, I can't put my finger on it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hot Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    Carl Webster, the hot kid of the marshals service, is polite, respects his elders, and can shoot a man driving away in an Essex at 400 yards. Carl works out of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, federal courthouse during the 1930s, the period of America's most notorious bank robbers: Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson...those guys.

    S. Casazza says: "A great book, an even better listen"
    "Maximum Bad"
    Overall

    I saw "Elmore Leonard" and bought it. What a waste of a book credit! The reader is boring, and so is the subject matter.

    5 of 19 people found this review helpful

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