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Anchorage, AK, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 221 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Elizabeth says: "Loved everyone minute!"
    "A story of nature versus nurture"
    Would you listen to Catherine the Great again? Why?

    Yes I would and I I did listen to parts more than once to better understand the details of the Russian history. I was very interested in how people react to treatment and surroundings during their formative years. It questions why some become bitter and self serving while others survive and learn from childhood experiences. It seems that Catherine was forged into a strong, wise woman while her husband was badly damaged and could not overcome the challenges of his early life.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catherine was my favorite character as she learned from each challenge she faced and overcame. She was able to control her emotions and behavior and observe rationally. In the end she was able to use all that she learned and did impact the country positively. I did feel that Elizabeth groomed Catherine to rule after she became aware of the failings of her nephew. Catherine did not become bitter as she struggled to survive the hardships but rather became a very wise person with conviction and certainly courage. She was a strong, intelligent woman who earned respect and ruled well.

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

    I just enjoy listening to stories being told. I don't know if I would have felt any different if I had been reading the book.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was not a moment but I was moved by Catherine overcoming her treatment and becoming a great ruler in her own right and ruling with intelligence and grace. Her attempting to free the serfs and seeing that it was wrong showed why she was a great ruler.

    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the book once but stopped many times and went back to earlier passages and listened carefully. It was a history brought to life and a story well told. The author was able to make you feel her as a living, breathing person living her life as best she could.

    Rather than dwelling upon the unfairness or cruelty, Catherine filed it away and moved on to what she could affect positively. She knew the difference between the things she could change and the things she had to accept and could not change at the time. When her time came to rule, she was indeed a competent and able ruler in all ways. Was she born to rule or did she learn to rule as she faced her childhood challenges?

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  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "I want to live in this fantasy world."

    I listened to A Storm of Swords after I listened to Game of Thrones because I had to find out what happened to each of the characters. I became so engrossed that I ordered the other books and listened to them.

    I journeyed with the characters and lived in the vivid descriptions of the scenes and the story kept me engrossed. The entire adventure is well written, very exciting and when I finished the fourth book, I spent days pondering the fates of several of the characters as if they were living beings.

    This will be in my top ten of my favorite books of all time. I had to listen to all of the books and wish there was a fifth book. Love them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pale King

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff

    The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has. The Pale King remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death....

    T. C. Pile says: "David Foster Wallace Lives"
    "Too much disconnected information."
    Would you try another book from David Foster Wallace and/or Robert Petkoff?

    Don't think I would.

    What was most disappointing about David Foster Wallace’s story?

    Never quite got to a point to pull my interest. Each time I got into the story, it wandered away.

    What three words best describe Robert Petkoff’s voice?

    Long, long descriptions.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jeff Ashton
    • Narrated By Jeff Ashton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It was the trial that stunned America, the verdict that shocked us all. On July 5, 2011, nearly three years after her initial arrest, Casey Anthony walked away, virtually scot-free, from one of the most sensational murder trials of all time. She'd been accused of killing her daughter, Caylee, but the trial only left behind more questions: Was she actually innocent? What really happened to Caylee? Was this what justice really looked like?

    Wade says: "The Casey Anthony Saga - required reading"
    "Just the Facts...told simply w/out blame"
    What did you love best about Imperfect Justice?

    No excuses by Prosecution for not guilty verdict. It appeared to be the telling a story of a sad event and nobody won. Although he commented on his feelings about Jose Baez, he did not dwell on him. A good read.

    What other book might you compare Imperfect Justice to and why?

    Can't think of any.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are no favorite scenes for me. Just sadness for the family, especially the parents who grew this child. They birthed, raised a monster and the family lives with her actions every day.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Reading the description of the parents of Casey on the stand struggling to help her and yet knowing she was responsible for a death. I know they knew she did it. But they did not want to send her away.

    I do believe that the state did not offer the proper charges and do not feel the death penalty was needed. I think the death penalty was the biggest factor in the innocent verdict.

    Any additional comments?

    This book was a report of the events as seen through Jeff's eyes.

    I believe we always fear and hate events like this where there is NO apparent reason for this behavior except evil and/or narcissim . We do not want people to go unpunished if they commit a horrible crime of any kind.....but especially a helpless baby.

    The very fact that this a child can disappear for 31 days and no one is held accountable for this is very, very sad.

    I don't see how Casey Anthony can contribute anything to society. She did not do the right thing, nor did her family in the death of this baby.

    I don't think we should ever lock up the jury again. I think it creates a small society where people become friends and there are leaders and followers. I believe it creates too close a bond with the other jury members.

    I honestly believe that when given such a challenge people can listen to the facts and make a decision. I believe people take justice seriously and will make every effort to judge based on the facts they have to rely upon as stated by the court.

    The charges are very important in murder cases. I believe the death penalty should not have been on the table.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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