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  • The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Wallach
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    No woman in the Gilded Age made as much money as Hetty Green. At the time of her death in 1916, she was worth at least 100 million dollars, equal to more than 2 billion dollars today. A strong believer in women being financially independent, she offered valuable lessons for the present times. Abandoned at birth by her neurotic mother, scorned by her misogynist father, Hetty set out as a child to prove her value. Following the simple rules of her wealthy Quaker father, she successfully invested her money and along the way proved to herself that she was wealthy and therefore worthy.

    K says: "On The Edge Every Minute"
    "Narrator has a grating drone."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Hetty Green was an incredibly fascinating woman who was well ahead of her time. I would have enjoyed listening to the account of her life had it not been for the narrator's very poor performance. From the beginning, she speaks in a quick monotone that flies over the text with nearly no inflection. Repeatedly, significant events in the book are spilled out with little affect. It was as if the narrator was reading the book for the first time as she was recording, with no interest in the subject matter whatsoever. I abandoned the book one third of the way through in order to read the hard copy myself.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Private Arrangements

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sherry Thomas
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    When Lady Tremaine petitions her husband for an end to their civil but loveless marriage, Lord Camden agrees on one scandalous condition - she must give him an heir within a year. Their early attempts to fulfill this delicate arrangement are marred by cold detachment, but soon sparks of passion and long-forgotten lust begin to be kindled anew.

    Yuefang says: "Well Developed Plot And Characters"
    "A MUST READ!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Private Arrangements to be better than the print version?

    This story is a delight from beginning to end. Moreover, the author's writing style is sophisticated and captivating. By far, my favorite read so far. How I wish it were part of a series!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Roosevelts

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Peter Collier
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Filled with drama and anecdote, presenting familiar characters in a penetrating new light,The Roosevelts is a soaring tale of triumph over heartbreak and frailty. But it is also a daunting story of the vanity of human wishes.

    Wendy says: "Excellent content with disappointing delivery"
    "Time Well Spent"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Roosevelts the most enjoyable?

    This is a richly narrated account of a fascinating American family. The book not only takes into account the deeds of the two Roosevelt presidents, it opens the curtain on their first and most intimate relationships.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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