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Linda R. Brown

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  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (360)

    Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

    K. Knutsson says: "Best book ever!"
    "Horse race the jockey fell, each healed. Repeat."
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    What would have made Seabiscuit better?

    Seabiscuit would have been better as a short story. After the first part when reporting on the life of the jockey, it was repetitive and dull. I couldn't wait for it to be over. Additionally I felt sorry for Seabiscuit. The owner, trainer and jockey just wouldn't let the horse rest until it stopped winning


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I may listen to the second book of Hunger Games.


    What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

    Performance was o.k. Not much emotion but then not much emotion wasn't needed.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Seabiscuit?

    I would have cut details of each race and each of many times Seabiscuit was cut from the race because of rain.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you are especially fond of horseracing, I'd pass this one up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Given Day

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (170)

    The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

    D Jay says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "Loved the characters and the story"
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    Would you listen to The Given Day again? Why?

    I would listen to a story like this one in the future.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Given Day?

    there were many memorable moments - I always enjoy when characters who lead separate lives come together and become part of the same story, when people of diverse cultures find more similarities than differences.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Boatman – was your favorite?

    There were a lot of fav characters.


    If you could rename The Given Day, what would you call it?

    It's a good title


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, 1830-1900

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring - and until now, untold - story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    Barbara says: "Terrific book, terrible abridgement"
    "I didn't finish it."
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    Would you try another book from David McCullough and/or Edward Herrmann?

    no.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    don't know, didn't finish it.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to others and probably won't I had expected more interesting people and more intrigue, relationships or plot. Seemed like a book of short stories of not so interesting people.


    Do you think The Greater Journey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'd expected a book about the great artists who gathered in a Parisian café and to hear their conversations, see their lives and relationships. This read like a history book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    Overall
    (2955)
    Performance
    (2686)
    Story
    (2696)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Before me Everyone"
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    Would you listen to Me Before You again? Why?

    No. But I can't remember when I've ever done that.


    What other book might you compare Me Before You to and why?

    Codependency No More. The primary character puts the needs of everyone before her own.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Whenever she stood up for herself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    a love story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yellow Birds: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kevin Powers
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    "The war tried to kill us in the spring," begins this breathtaking account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. Bound together since basic training when their tough-as-nails sergeant ordered Bartle to watch over Murphy, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

    Buzz says: "Sad and Unforgettable"
    "how to develop post traumatic stress disorder"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Yellow Birds to be better than the print version?

    probably because I don't like to read anymore


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the main character. he was the "I"


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great listen.


    If you could rename The Yellow Birds, what would you call it?

    how to develop post traumatic stress disorder


    Any additional comments?

    I work with veterans who won't or don't talk about their experiences. This story helped me understand some of what they might have experienced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reivers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    One of Faulkner's comic masterpieces, The Reivers is a picaresque story that tells of three unlikely car thieves from rural Mississippi. Eleven-year-old Lucas Priest is persuaded by Boon Hogganbeck, one of his family's retainers, to steal his grandfather's car and make a trip to Memphis. The priests' black coachman, Ned McCaslin, stows away, and the three of them are off on a heroic odyssey.

    Halena says: "Nice Listen"
    "old south thinking but cute story and well read."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Reivers the most enjoyable?

    the reader


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the major character, a 12 year old boy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't think of one. Worst scene was child abuse at the end.


    If you could rename The Reivers, what would you call it?

    how to not treat a child or women or anyone


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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