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Roxanna

I am a full-time artist, intrepid traveler and a voracious reader. I discovered Audible and audio books through my son Corey, who is a narrator of several Audible books.

Olympia, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Flashman and the Mountain of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    This ninth volume of The Flashman Papers, faithfully edited and transcribed by Fraser, finds that Sir Harry Flashman is back in India, where his saga began. This time, our hero is sent by Her Majesty's Secret Service to spy on the corrupt court of Lahore, on India's Northwest Frontier. Flashy's most challenging exploit yet is as politically shrewd and thoroughly lewd as ever.

    L. Mansfield says: "Flashy is Magnificent, Narration is Superb!"
    "Flashman and the Mountain of Amazing!"
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    I cannot say enough about David Case's narration of the Flashman books. I discovered my first one a few months ago and was intrigued and then completely addicted. I am a studio artist and Flashy is my 'ear candy' when I'm working on a project.

    When I finish listening to one of these books, I have a hard time returning to the 21st century. I find myself reeling around Victorian England using obscure phrases and puzzling my friends. In this case, the mountain of light is the diamond Kohinoor and the story circles loosely around the stone. Case treats us to the voices of a seven year old maharajah, his amoral maharani mama, a flock of stiff upper lipped Englishmen, a few Irish and Scots soldiers, Indian nabobs and generals,Queen Victoria, and all the riff raff that were a part of the battles for India in the 1840s.

    The descriptions and scene setting are superb and I cannot believe reading these would be half as much fun as listening to Case's drawling Flashy describe the world as he sees it.

    For anyone who wants to experience military history up close and personal--and the Flashman's unique take on it, these books are wonderful. There is enough ridiculous hilarity and Flashman's scrapes to balance beautifully with the gore and horror of the wars in which Flashy seems to be constantly landing. Be warned, lots of sex but more the lusty Tom Jones joyful variety than your standard steamy bodice ripper. Flashy has a way with the ladies and trouble seems to find him on a regular basis.

    For a self-described coward he does manage to land in the soup and cover himself with glory five minutes later by accident--and we are along for the ride every blazing step of the way. So much fun to listen to! I'll be downloading another one tonight!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2699)
    Performance
    (1525)
    Story
    (1520)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Behind the mirror"
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    Amazingly personal and strange look inside the world of Keith Richards. I liked the use of different voices and thought it added much to the story although in places it was a bit of s strange transition.

    I was at the first Stones concert in the USA at Swing Auditorium and this is like looking behind the mirror to see what they saw.

    It boggles the mind to hear heroin use as matter of fact and normal ' but the context is so relevant to the story that it fits right in.

    This book is like sitting down for a really long chat with an old friend. It doesn't feel read, it feels relived.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Passin' Thru: A Vintage Store, the Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Winton Porter
    • Narrated By Jones Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Like a well-crafted stage play, Just Passin' Thru delivers one suspenseful scene after another. But in this historic setting a store on the Appalachian Trail called Mountain Crossings the characters who show up are no fictional creations. Like any good drama, there are the good guys (and gals) and the weirdos, too. Some show up once (and that’s enough), and some appear again and again. But all are united by two things: the author’s story-capturing talent, and whatever it is that lures them to attempt (or conquer) a 2,200-mile path that climbs and plummets from Georgia to Maine.

    Pamela M. says: "Well Worth it!"
    "Just Passin' Thru? Come back and tell me more!"
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    Loved this book! It is not nearly long enough but what there is was absolutely charming. Winton Porter does a wonderful job of spinning the yarn of his years minding a store on the Appalachian Trail and the hungry and loopy hikers who show up at his store. I have always wanted to hike a hunk of it but sadly I live nearer the Pacific Crest Trail so must live vicariously through stories like this.

    The descriptions of the trail, the amazing characters who decide to take on the daunting hike and make the commitment to do it, and in many cases do it over and over, are delightful.I could actually picture them like I had been sitting on a stone bench in the sun with them.

    I love the guy on the roof with Oldham flute, just taking life in stride. I admire Porter's wife who just copes with the realities of living in a frigid old stone house year round and rolls with whatever happens.

    This book is a great introduction to the brotherhood and sisterhood of people that are taken/fascinated and addicted to the reality and the dream of the Appalachian trail. The narrator does a wonderful low key job of telling the story in a way that feels very real and like I imagine Porter's actual voice and delivery would sound.

    My only gripe? It was not nearly long enough?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mike Thomas
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Both joyous tribute and serious biography, Mike Thomas' You Might Remember Me is a celebration of Phil Hartman's multi-faceted career and an exhaustively reported, warts-and-all examination of his often intriguing and sometimes complicated life - a powerful, humor-filled and disquieting portrait of a man who was loved by many, admired by millions and taken from them far too early.

    Scott Holden says: "great book..Wish Phil were still around to tell it"
    "I Will Remember You Phil Hartman"
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    You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman is a meticulously researched book that gives a clear and affectionate although unbiased look at Phil Hartman's life.
    I was especially taken with his early days and could relate easily as another California kid growing up surfing and hanging out--with the knowledge that Hartman managed to have a ringside seat and know a lot of the musical icons of the end of the 20th century personally.

    Mike Thomas hits the nail on the head in his narrative about Hartman's learning to inhabit his characters as he grows up. Hartman is ultimately another one of those successes who are only really alive when they become someone other than themselves.

    Listening to this book was like being there in many ways, Hartman was always the good looking glue of whatever he was involved in and gave 100% to his work. His personal life could never match his romantic expectations and that comes across clearly. I would have liked to know more about his personal life but this book focuses extremely well on how his work life and career developed in the unforgiving arena of comedy and television.The book builds a portrait of a complex man who never could quite figure out what the rainbow was that he was chasing until the night it all came apart with his murder.

    Narrator Corey Snow does an excellent job of delivering a plethora of voices that are believable from Paul Rubens to Jan Hooks to Dana Carvey. He never dips into imitation but uses nuance and shading to make his voiced characters believable.

    Recommended to anyone who is fascinated by the comedy/television industry and talent factories of the 1970s to the 1990s, an excellent insider look. My only kvetch is that at times there are almost too many details provided which can derail the narrative instead of providing the provenance they are intended to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2828)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1537)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "At Home and Fascinated"
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    Although I adore Bill Bryson and own everything he has written that is in print today, I would beg him to cease narrating his own books. His voice does not lend itself to being a voice actor and its hard to get past the almost English/almost American accent and focus on the story.

    The story itself if spell-binding. If you ever wondered how the house you live in got that way, this book is for you. It covers the genesis of the way we live now in amazing detail and must have taken years to research. Incredibly well thought out and well written and fascinating for any lover of what we call home.

    My only complaint is the narration which I cannot get over and will next time buy the book an d read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    P.G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly 60 years, from their first appearance, in 1915, (“Extricating Young Gussie”) to his final completed novel (Aunts Aren't Gentlemen), in 1974. These two were the finest creations of a novelist widely proclaimed to be the finest comic English writer by critics and fans alike. Now, 40 years later, Bertie and Jeeves return in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps.

    DCinMI says: "Excellent!"
    "Jeeves and Bertie LIVE!"
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    This was a wondrous romp of a book, and P.G. Wodehouse should be proud. Sebastian Faulks did a lovely job in this frothy English parfait of perfection. I can only hope he writes more but with Bertie Wooster finally settled what's left?

    The story had so many turns and twists I was dizzy but they were hysterical and easy to hang on through the curves. It was fun to see Jeeves with the tables turned masquerading as lord but still dishing advice from on high to down low.

    Julian Rhind-Tutt as narrator did a bang up believable job and I can only hope this team stays together in future. This book will leave Jeeves and Wooster fans sighing with happiness at the perfect ending to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    A final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of fans. Journeying alone, in what he feels will be his last African journey, Paul Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of post-colonial independence movements. Having travelled down the right-hand side of Africa in Dark Star Safari, he sets out this time from Cape Town, heading northward up the left-hand side, through South Africa and Namibia, to Botswana, heading for the Congo, in search of the end of the line.

    matthew says: "The B side of Dark Star Safari"
    "Paul Theroux heads into the African Sunset"
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    This is a sad and eye-opening book about Africa. Theroux is absolutely in love with Africa and absolutely unrelenting in his undressed detail of the darker side of the continent.

    I think it is astonishing and amazing that a man getting up there in years, an older gent by now, would take on a trip like this one. Using the common transportation of Africa, gnarly buses, loud and unkempt trains and his feet, he heads into Africa and makes clear and careful note of all the details. The dirt, the noise, the flies, the people both good and bad. This is as close to an authentic experience as one can get without actually going there.

    Theroux has always had an unstinting and unrelenting eye for detail. After reading a description of travel in China complete with dirt and phlegm, I was cured of any romance I might have had about the country. The same is true for this book. Zona Verde is a BIG book, and takes you from places where the wild life is still wild to places where the wild has been destroyed and only war remains.

    It does lag a bit in places because of the attention to detail, but it really is like being there in his pocket. This book is so worth listening to just to begin to understand what Africa and Africans face as they try to get to the future we aleady inhabit.

    I was not terribly fond of the narrator, he did an okay job but it made the book come across as very stuffy, still its well worth a read/listen because its the candle on the cake of Theroux's travel writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (142)

    Internationally best-selling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long-awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe. The grandchild of Baptist preachers, Robbins would become over the course of half a century a poet-interruptus, an air force weatherman, a radio DJ, an art-critic-turned-psychedelic-journeyman, a world-famous novelist, and a counter-culture hero, leading a life as unlikely, magical, and bizarre as those of his quixotic characters.

    Dubi says: "This Is the Story of Tommy Rotten"
    "Tibetan Peach Pie with a side of Tom"
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    I have read and re-read everything Tom Robbins has written and finding a memoir? Score. This book takes us back to the Beginning. Yes, capped on purpose. Tommy Rotten's early days are hilarious and I found myself laughing aloud at times. Its amazing he lived to grow up given the hijinks herein.

    The story does involve his astonishing and whimsically loopy prose--which is so Tom R. and I bow to the wow of his love for the language.

    For me, it slowed up a bit when he hit the later days of his life, I still enjoyed it but as everything does when it grows up, it has a little darkness, a little slower and a little sadness shows up in the writing.

    Still and all, highly recommended to any fan of Tom Robbins work. If you want to know the back story and he got here from there, give a listen, you won't regret it.

    AND, the narrator is a big part of the picture. Keith Szarabajka with his honey Southern accent made a believer out of me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (489)

    Eleven-year-old amateur detective and ardent chemist Flavia de Luce is used to digging up clues, whether they’re found among the potions in her laboratory or between the pages of her insufferable sisters’ diaries. What she is not accustomed to is digging up bodies. Upon the 500th anniversary of St. Tancred’s death, the English hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey is busily preparing to open its patron saint’s tomb. Nobody is more excited to peek inside the crypt than Flavia, yet what she finds will halt the proceedings dead in their tracks: the body of Mr. Collicutt, the church organist, his face grotesquely and inexplicably masked.

    Donald says: "the best Flavia yet!!"
    "Delightfully Dark Listen"
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    I keep wondering how on earth Alan Bradley has so successfully channeled a 12-year-old girl with some interesting Tendencies--and with the addition of Jayne Entwistle as narrator I couldn't be happier. I have actually rounded up and listened most of the Flavia de Luce novels narrated by Jayne in spite of having already read them. Yes, her narrating skills are that good!

    Flavia de Luce novels are geared to "grown ups" but I would bet a bunch of bucks that they could be enjoyed by tweens just as much. One keeps wondering through the string of books involving murder, mayhem, odd people, British police, a grieving mentally absent father and two snotty sisters, how Flavia does it. Somehow with her chemistry lab and her passion for poison, she stays sunny side with a fillip of the dark side.

    These books are a wondrous look at a vanishing and vanished past, one where the uppercrust is crumbling and the village life is safe and sleepy except when Flavia manages to get involved. I catch myself using English slang for days afterwards and hearing Jayne's delivery in my head. Thoroughly enjoyable detecting where a kid is ahead of the cops at every step but not in a smarmy way. Just charming and common sense and a bit wacky.

    Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler - The Election Amid the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Dunn
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    In 1940, against the explosive backdrop of the Nazi onslaught in Europe, two farsighted candidates for the U.S. presidency - Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, running for an unprecedented third term, and talented Republican businessman Wendell Willkie-found themselves on the defensive against American isolationists and their charismatic spokesman Charles Lindbergh, who called for surrender to Hitler's demands.

    Paul Whiddon says: "Excellent In depth on a critical year"
    "A Fascinating Look Back"
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    I was absolutely fascinated by the tangled web that was politics in the 1930s. I found it riveting to hear the details of how FDR managed to get himself elected for a third term, and it was a serious eye opener to hear about Americans like Ford and Lindbergh who actually liked Hitler and believed what he was saying.

    Its downright scary to hear a story like this that is so well researched, detailed and precise and then compare it to the times we live in. There are so many parallels in history, right wing versus left wing, that its easy to see in hindsight how Americans made then and are making still some blind decisions and some bright ones too.

    Corey Snow does a phenomenal job, pronouncing foreign terms and names precisely and pacing his reading and tone to keep the reader glued to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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