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Millie

Helotes, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 160 titles in library
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  • The Edge of the Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christina Schwarz
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In 1898, a woman forsakes the comfort of home and family for a love that takes her to a remote lighthouse on the wild coast of California. What she finds at the edge of the earth, hidden between the sea and the fog, will change her life irrevocably. Trudy, who can argue Kant over dinner and play a respectable portion of Mozart's Serenade in G major, has been raised to marry her childhood friend and assume a life of bourgeois comfort in Milwaukee. She knows she should be pleased, but she's restless instead, yearning for something she lacks even the vocabulary to articulate.

    Diana says: "Irritating characters, good setting, great reading"
    "Not worth the time!"
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    This story was so flat and uninteresting! I really can't believe people have rated it so high. The characters are blah and the story lacks depth and complexity. Don't waste your time and money here!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Little History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By E. H. Gombrich
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    E. H. Gombrich's world history, an international best seller now available in English for the first time, is a text dominated not by dates and facts but by the sweep of experience across the centuries, a guide to humanity's achievements, and an acute witness to its frailties.

    Edward says: "an enlightening book; very well read"
    "You must listen to this!"
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    This book is amazing! It brings together all the major events in history and weaves them in a seamless, beautiful story. Say goodbye to all those historical fragments in your head and welcome a cohesive, entertaining history of the world in only a few hours of listening. The narrator is also outstanding! I was very sad when the book ended. Well done!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Officer and a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (246)

    Paris in 1895: Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus' guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military.

    Ryan says: "Top Notch Historical Fiction"
    "The best!!!"
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    I have listened to hundreds of books and without a doubt this is one of the best stories and narration I have ever listened to! I truly did not want the story to end. Amazing job by the narrator! I wish all audible books were like this one!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5861)
    Performance
    (5082)
    Story
    (5072)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Should I go on?"
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    I just finished the first part of this audiobook and I must say two things: 1. I dont like or care for any of the characters and 2. Nothing happens!! For the entire duration of the first part, nothing has happened!!! I barely know the characters because they are very shallow and I do not know the direction the story is taking. I actually could not tell you what the story is about! I am seriously thinking about giving up and reading another book. I don't want to lose my money but neither do I want to waste my time. Should I stick with it or give up?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (191)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "A wonderful book!"
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    At first I had reservations about reading this book. It is long and I thought, what is so remarkable about Julia Child? the truth is I loved it! The performance is flawless, one of the best I have listened to. I cried at the end when Julia died because by then I felt she was a good friend instead of a stranger. Wonderful book and narration! Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Time In Between: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Maria Duenas
    • Narrated By Zilah Mendoza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    The thrilling, internationally bestselling novel about a haute couture seamstress who becomes an undercover spy for the British Secret Service during World War II. #1 bestseller in Spain with more than 1.5 million copies sold, The Time In Between has taken readers by storm with its unforgettable tale of adventure, tragedy, love, and war. Readers will fall in love with MarÍa DueÑas’s dazzlingly inspiring heroine, Sira Quiroga.

    Sarah says: "terrible narration"
    "Please help me!"
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    Please someone tell the reader of this book that in Spain, the "s" does not sound like a "z". Only the "c" sometimes and, of course, the "z". It is driving me crazy. Her name is Sira, not "Zira". This might seem trivial but she does it every time she reads words containing the letter "s". As you can imagine, this is very often. Right now, even though I am enjoying the story, I do not know if I can continue to listen. I wish I had bought the book instead!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (734)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "Good but too long!"
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    I enjoyed the first half of this book. The second half got repetitive, especially the part when the narrator reads entries from a journal. Every day the same thing, dust storms, dead crops, hopelessness, and despair. A couple of entries would have been ok to make a point, however, too many entries with the same descriptions were definitely unnecessary. By this time, I was hoping the book would end but it still dragged on. Sometimes authors get so involved with their subject, they don't know when to stop and bring things to a close. Sadly, for this book, less would have been better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Hazel Rowley
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt’s marriage is one of the most celebrated and scrutinized partnerships in presidential history. It raised eyebrows in their lifetimes and has only become more controversial since their deaths. From FDR’s lifelong romance with Lucy Mercer to Eleanor’s purported lesbianism - and many scandals in between - the American public has never tired of speculating about the ties that bound these two headstrong individuals.

    Millie says: "My favorite!"
    "My favorite!"
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    Of all the books I have listened to from Audible, this is my favorite. I loved he way the story was told and I learned a lot about FDR and Eleanor. This is one of those books that inspire you to read other books about the subject. If you are an expert on FDR, you might not appreciate it as I did but if, like me, you want to learn about FDR's presidency and family life, this book brings it all together beautifully in a cohesive, entertaining way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6276)
    Performance
    (5578)
    Story
    (5574)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Terrible story!"
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    When I found out this book was narrated by Jim Dale (narrator of the Harry Potter books). I did not hesitate to buy it. As expected, the narration was superb; however, the story is terrible! The characters are flat and you never get to truly know them or care for them. The story is weird and amateurish. Nothing much happens and the endless descriptions of the circus are very repetitive and boring. I regret spending time and money on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (1403)
    Story
    (1387)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Nothing happens!!"
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    This boook is just boring. I have been waiting for something to happen and so far (I am almost finished) NOTHING of any depth or importance has happened. This book was highly recommended by a friend and I will now have to tell her that I truly hated it. My advice is: skip this one! Yes, the book transports you to the 1930's but then abandons you there with nothing interesting or challenging to do or learn. You just get tired of the endless martinis, cigarettes, and dead ends in the story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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