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Vienna, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 9 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 161 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • BBC Radio Shakespeare: Richard II (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Joss Ackland, Full Cast

    BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

    Laurie says: "Hard to tell which character is speaking"
    "Hard to tell which character is speaking"

    This is beautifully recorded by the BBC, but without knowing the play well, it gets confusing -- who is talking now. Perhaps a cast with audio might help, an audio legend of sorts. Nonetheless, I am glad to have visited this wonderful play again, with a fine cast and great tempo.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Historical Fiction with the spice of Time Travel"

    As one who loves learning through the window of Historical Fiction literature, when I stopped being able to read due to increasing blindness, it took me a time to "get used" to listening to my books. Also, I had to find out what I liked to listen to. I "came of age" as a consumer of audio books and downloaded books when I came across both Diana Gabeldon and Davina Porter. What masterpiece. I get it now. The prose-poetry of Gabeldon read by the incredibly talented actress/reader Porter was not just a replacement for the reading that I loved, but something more, or certainly as good. In its own category, the way Storytelling professionally is different from seeing a live theatre production. Not really something you can compare apples to apples... It is wonderful to have people who are firmly a part of the ages they live in plus the views and experiences of Claire and Brianna especially, but others who have lived both placesI have been engrossed in the lives of Jamie Fraser and Claire... almost a day by day account of the lives of people 200 years ago in many countries, many races, socio-economic levels for several weeks. I have listened to the abridged versions of the two books in this series that are caught up in red tape for the unabridged versions, I would very much like to know if/how Jemmy and Rodger get back or not to Brianna! I am looking forward, fingers crossed, that Gabeldon and Porter will bring the world of Jamie and Claire, Brianna and Mac and Ian Murry (Jr.) and his mother and so forth back into my world for another several hundred hours if at all possible! Listening to books read well is not something I'd considered, anymore than was writing by dictation into a computer. However, the silver lining of any problem is great learning if one is open to it. What a gift it is to find an art form that is in its relative childhood, with many ways to grow, that moves me in a new way. Thanks to the writers, readers, producers and to!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Fine story, fine listen"

    Really something, a thriller that takes place, for at least one half the story in one place. The sense of place, the two phases of the book, the illuminated characters and the point of view are so "essential" and excellent. I could hardly stop listening to do my work. Compelling,

    0 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

    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!"
    "One of the best titles I have experienced!"

    Wow, just finished my "time" with The Help, wish there were a sequel. The characters, the readers, the story, the relevance to our times. As one who was raised by The Help (although not in the South, but lots of it is similar) it was exciting, illuminating reading (listening). Nothing outweighed the story, set in the midst of the Civil Rights demonstrations, etc. and it shows how humanity might become civilized over time... it is a book of great truth and great hope. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isabella: The She-Wolf of France

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat

    Here is the first full-length biography of a much maligned but astonishingly colourful Queen of England. In Newgate Street, in the city of London, stand the meagre ruins of Christ Church. On the same site once stood a royal mausoleum set to rival Westminster Abbey in the 14th century. Among the many crowned heads buried there was Isabella of France, Edward II's queen - one of the most notorious femme fatales in history. But how did she acquire her evil reputation? And is it justified?

    Wallen says: "Excellent"
    "Weir is an historian, but not great audio material"

    I've read most of Weir's books, both historical fiction or like this book, fiction/history. Alas, I must say that I would rather have read than heard this very methodical review of everything everyone wore, ate, wrote, etc. Better read than heard in my opinion.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Reaching for Glory: Lyndon Johnson's Secret White House Tapes, 1964-65

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Beschloss
    • Narrated By Lyndon Johnson, Michael Beschloss

    Reaching for Glory lets us eavesdrop on LBJ's private, often tortured thoughts during the most crucial year of his presidency - when his dreams of being hailed as the equal of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt were destroyed by the war in Vietnam. These original recordings, presented side by side with the stories behind them, offer unprecedented insight into the Johnson presidency.

    Jonah says: "An intimate glimpse into history"
    "Interesting slice of history! An Audio treat"

    If you want the intimate details that can only come from listening in on recorded telephone conversations and the audio journal of Ladybird J, this can't be beat. I found that it was especially rich in audio, and it never would work as well just to read the book. It is a bit slow at times, and kind of meanders a bit, but in all, a worthy way to experience that time more intimately.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Renowned for her highly acclaimed and bestselling British histories, Alison Weir has in recent years made a major impact on the fiction scene with her novels about Queen Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey. In this latest offering, she imagines the world of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the beautiful twelfth-century woman who was queen of France until she abandoned her royal husband for the younger man who would become king of England.

    E. Willaims says: "Why the Negativity?"
    "Weir and Landor are great, but perhaps better read"

    I found this historical fiction somewhat tedious which is interesting to me as a fairly new audiobook listener, and a long-time Weir reader... I would recommend reading this wonderful illumination of an amazing woman in history rather than wading through the whole thing read. Weir is an historian, and can get very detail oriented, better to skim over some of the elaborate details than having the plot bogged down in aspects of less interest to various readers. Still, A+ book, no question.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Got the point, but is perhaps overkill in audio..."

    Hitchens makes his point well, although I actually don't agree with it all, but I am not sure that I needed to listen to this book, I think I would have enjoyed it more as a read. Still, worthy subject, good author and nice voice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "So Much Richer to Listen to!"

    I've read this book a number of times over the course of my life. But this was the first time I HEARD the poetry of Hemingway. Sutherland does a wonderful low key read, and of course it is Hemingway at his finest, arguably anyway. I can't recommend this enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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