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Robert Schwarzkopf

Member Since 2006

  • 6 reviews
  • 81 ratings
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  • 41 purchased in 2015

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel begs to be read aloud, and Ruby Dee answers the challenge with utter perfection, capturing the wide range of characters and their diverse accents with grace and power. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    Leslie says: "a pleasure"

    Narrator Ruby Dee made this book come to life in a variety of voices, emotions, and moods. This book is poetry with a complex main character. It's a definite "must read" for book clubs.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mirror

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marlys Millhiser
    • Narrated By Lynda Evans

    On the eve of her wedding in 1978, Shay Garrett peers into the antique mirror in her family's longtime home, the famous Victorian Gingerbread House on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado and falls unconscious only to wake in the body of her own grandmother Brandy on the eve of her wedding in 1900. The virginal Brandy, in turn, awakes in Shay's body in 1978 to discover herself pregnant.

    K Cornwinkle says: "Fun time travel"
    Where does The Mirror rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Way up there

    Did Lynda Evans do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The performance seemed a bit flat. Good job between men and women, but not so much between Shea and Brandy. The female voices were a little confusing at times.

    Any additional comments?

    A cracking good story. This time travel story fully explores characters, while offering an insight into history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fever 1793

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Narrated By Emily Bergl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out. Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie's world upside down. At her feverish mother's insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.

    Amazon Customer says: "Educational and enjoyable"
    "interesting history, but..."
    Would you try another book from Laurie Halse Anderson and/or Emily Bergl?

    not sure

    What does Emily Bergl bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    personal insights

    Any additional comments?

    It seemed to be aimed at a young adult audience, rather than mature ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam

    January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

    Madeleine says: "Incredible!"
    "dark, intimate"

    Jeremy Northam is superb in his narration. Most of the text is in the main character's mind, rather than spoken aloud. Northam's take on this book really brought to light the idea that the character is speaking to himself. The narration brought this book to life.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"

    This is an intricate and interesting story, giving me a much better understanding of the causes, events, and repercussions of the first world war. John Lee is a marvelous narrator, with a lot of variety in the voices, accents and emotions of he characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Savage River Valley: A Story of the Hudson

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Pamela De Leon
    • Narrated By Shawna Windom

    Clara, an ordinary woman from modern-day New York, lives a life haunted by memories she cannot understand, memories of a life not her own. When she finds herself overwhelmed with sadness for the true love she only remembers but has never met, she finds herself thrust by a wise old woman onto a journey to find enlightenment and peace. Taken as a spirit to the year 1601, Clara becomes a spectator for a Mohican funerary service - the funeral for the wise old woman. What is Clara's connection to the past?

    Robert Schwarzkopf says: "narrator, no, thanks"
    "narrator, no, thanks"

    I couldn't get too far into this book because of the narrator, who mispronounced words, read too fast, and had a rather high feminine voice. It's too bad, because I didn't want to continue the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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