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Susan

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  • Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God an English Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Teems
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    The English Bible was born in defiance, in exile, in flight, and in a form of exodus, the very elements that empowered William Tyndale to bring the English scripture to the common citizen. Being “a stranger in a strange land,” the very homesickness he struggled with gave life to the words of Jesus, Paul, and to the wandering Moses. Tyndale’s efforts ultimately cost him his life, but his contribution to English spirituality is measureless. Even five centuries after his death at the stake, Tyndale’s presence looms wherever English is spoken.

    Susan says: "Inspiration"
    "Inspiration"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tyndale the most enjoyable?

    I think the author did a good job of filling in the background of the time


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is true! I view my precious Bible in renewed light!! Tyndale was awesome and a great servant of God.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I always appreciate a good reader with goo inflection and good pace


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

    Tyndale was betrayed by a horrible man and sent to prison. He died..twice...well..that wasn't really possible, but it was clear that his enemies wanted him dead. He was strangled and burned.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Eisenhower, Julie Nixon Eisenhower
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (15)
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    (15)

    After President Dwight D. Eisenhower left office in 1961, he retired to a farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Living next door was his teenage grandson, David; they would be neighbors for the rest of the decade. Based on personal stories, letters, diaries, and the reminiscences of Eisenhower’s closest friends, Going Home to Glory is both an intimate chronicle of the elder statesman’s final years and a coming of age story.

    Ken says: "Wow - Living History - Right Before Our Eyes"
    "American Problems in Government Began in 1960?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I really was struck with this first person account although it may be less than objective. It was a sadder day in 1960 with the promotion of Federal involvement in education and healthcare,especially,due to the unbridled socialistic tendencies of the day and blatant disregard for the checks and balances left in place to prevent another New Deal debacle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I got a different perspective on Mamie. She seemed like a boring sort especially in view of Ike's affair with Kay during the war. She played a lot of solitaire but, with the inception of the great TV awakening, the emphasis in the household switched. It is hard to imagine this former first couple eating dinner on TV trays. Mamie had to adjust to having Ike around so much. It was also insightful to realize that the original grub stake was from Mamie's family. She bought the farm. Her true allegiances were made clear at the end of Eisenhower's life.
    Incarcerated in the Walter Reed Presidential Suite as doctors"saved his life". She ensconced herself in a small room next door separated only from Ike by a small partition.
    Perhaps she was still worried about the pretty nurses??


    Which scene was your favorite?

    During the last few decades Eisenhower is not polled very highly. His care for his grandson,David,is obvious. When he felt like the grim reaper was calling after several false attempts, he still maintained his care for David as an individual and lived to see him married to Julie Nixon which helped him to die in peace.


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

    No, it was the overall experience of the first-hand account.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to admit that I was skeptical of this book because of it's "Favorite Son" author, but it was an intimate portrait of a man that very few knew intimately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse in Scotland's Western Isles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mary J. MacLeod
    • Narrated By Gwen Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Tired of the pace and noise of life near London and longing for a better place to raise their young children, Mary J. MacLeod and her husband, George, encountered their dream while vacationing on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides. Enthralled by its windswept beauty, they soon were the proud and startled owners of a near-derelict croft house - a farmer’s stone cottage - on “a small acre” of land. Mary assumed duties as the island’s district nurse.

    Sara says: "A 1970's Visiting Nurse on Rural Scottish Island"
    "Superb Writing and a Great Memoir"
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    If you could sum up Call the Nurse in three words, what would they be?

    Sorry it ended!


    What other book might you compare Call the Nurse to and why?

    Dr. Mutter's Marvels and other stories like Working Stiff that actually take you to the workplace.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of finding Bitty,although very grim, reminds me of what is still happening today. People get lost by the world although they are still very much alive. Sometimes there is no call for help before a chainsaw or ax or knife or gun or bomb takes lives.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I had to digest some parts of it and go back to it to listen again. This book could use a sequel since I am sure the stories could go on and on!!


    Any additional comments?

    One of the very best books ever!! It actually describes a community which is remote enough to be dependent on the others in the community. We would be fortunate to find such a community today in a time where our remoteness may be technological.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Don't Cry out Loud: The Lily Isaacs Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lily Isaacs
    • Narrated By Lily Isaacs
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A talented daughter of Holocaust survivors, Lily Isaacs is a woman who has felt pain and loss, and found the incomparable joy of a life with Jesus Christ. As a new Christian believer, she became estranged from her Jewish parents because of her faith, yet she never walked alone, always clinging to the hope she found in Christ. Throughout her music and that of her children, who together form the beloved and multi-award winning group The Isaacs, you hear the resonating inspirational legacy of this family's faith journey.

    Susan says: "Catharsis Should Sometimes Stay Personal"
    "Catharsis Should Sometimes Stay Personal"
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    What would have made You Don't Cry out Loud better?

    If the book had been much shorter it may have been more tolerable.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lily Isaacs before, how does this one compare?

    Nope, never heard of her,before.


    What didn’t you like about Lily Isaacs’s performance?

    People normally shouldn't read their own books.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I suppose"hope". Although I was not overly impressed, if this story helps even one person who may be stuck in the past, I suppose it was worth publishing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Your Sister: A Searingly Honest and Inspiring Memoir of Family, Love and Unicycles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Connie Johnson, Samuel Johnson
    • Narrated By Connie Johnson, Samuel Johnson
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    How far would you go for someone you love...on a unicycle? Brothers and sisters often dare each other to do things – it's what siblings do. However, when Connie Johnson dared her brother, Samuel, to embark on a one-wheeled odyssey around Australia, she knew it was a big ask. But Connie knew exactly what she was doing and was sure he wouldn't say no. Not this time. Born a year apart, Connie and Samuel Johnson have always been close.

    Susan says: "Inspiration Personified"
    "Inspiration Personified"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Love Your Sister to be better than the print version?

    A million times better because the reading by brother and sister made the book alive and very real. Great idea!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is hard to pick one favorite. Connie is the star in many ways, but the support of her family and others, not even personally acquainted, was the real inspiration taken from this book. We have come to believe, in this age, that one person or small group of people can not make more than a little ripple in a very small pond. Em and Hilda are just as bright in the realm of stars although they had supporting roles.


    Which character – as performed by Connie Johnson and Samuel Johnson – was your favorite?

    I can not choose. They were both spectacular and honest. This book should be mandatory reading for everyone in the world.


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

    I can not even imagine Sam going along a path of gravel for miles on a unicycle. I hope he continues to do better even after his sister dies.


    Any additional comments?

    As a Christian, I obviously was dismayed at the lack of spiritual clarity of the people in this group coalesced by the threat of mortal death. It is rare to know you will certainly die, shortly, and I think that preparation for the eternal life that surely must come after the demise of our mortal tents would certainly be foremost in my mind, if faced with the same circumstances. I can not think of how it would be to live without reliance on the God, our maker and the ruler of the world. I hope maybe that they do have faith in God and His promises for the hereafter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2145)
    Performance
    (1902)
    Story
    (1914)

    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

    Tom says: "Really Disappointing and not about what you think."
    "A Bad Reader Spoils a Good Book"
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    Would you try another book from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and/or Bill O'Reilly?

    The book was not too badly written. It was an interesting subject. I knew that Patton was wary of the Russians when everyone else in the war was sure they were our friends. If some of his suggestions would have been followed, Europe may have had a better outcome for its people. He thought that it would be best not to have big war tribunals,etc.
    He felt that the behavior towards those who had been Nazi's should have been more forgiving (Grant/Lincoln like forgiveness). His death was mysterious. Yes, I would probably skim another O'Reilly book but not if he was the reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Patton?

    Patton supposedly died an accidental death although a great many details of that "accident" were left unrecorded or "lost". There were many enemies from Ike to the Russians who would have preferred him to be dead.


    What didn’t you like about Bill O'Reilly’s performance?

    HE IS JUST AN EXPRESSIONLESS READER.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No. I have to admit I did not endure the whole laborious, monotonous performance.I had to skip to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Denise Kiernan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (320)

    At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.

    CBlox says: "Important story of this secret city"
    "Tales of the Oak Ridge Mud Flats"
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    If you could sum up The Girls of Atomic City in three words, what would they be?

    Ants with purpose


    What other book might you compare The Girls of Atomic City to and why?

    No book that I have personally read.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Yes, she did an excellent job!! You really got the first person narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was enthralling and well woven. It might have taken two sittings!!


    Any additional comments?

    I am thankful for the exploration of the contribution of this bustling community to the war effort. I wish there would be more followup of whether atomic energy has done more good than bad!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1777)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1583)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "Speaking Bad"
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    What did you like best about One Summer? What did you like least?

    I loved the idea of zeroing in on a particular time period. I've read some other Bill Bryson and liked it ok. I haven't seen the book which I hope to get from the library. I can't believe it was written as badly as it was spoken.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Summer?

    It was amazing to think that back in those days tens of thousands of people would come out for a celebration of a "hero". I also liked the descriptions of Fordlandia!


    How could the performance have been better?

    A better reader would have done wonders for the book.


    Did One Summer inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. It inspired me to look up Sacco and Vanzetti and perhaps someday(way down the list) to delve into Hoover(Herbert and J.Edgar).


    Any additional comments?

    Bill Bryson should be informed that he is not a reader!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (116)

    Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord.

    Rick says: "Another Fantastic Story by Philbrick"
    "Stellar Delight"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bunker Hill the most enjoyable?

    I thought I knew a little about this piece of history.....NOT REALLY! Things were not always as our 5th grade history books said they were. This book served to fill in a few holes but may have caused some bigger ones!! The truth of history is like the layers of an onion or a box of chocolates, if you prefer! Chris Sorensen is a seamless reader and the writing is superb. It was not a good idea to start listening at night!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bunker Hill?

    The death of Dr. Warren, the Adams' own family physician has always stirred an emotional response and gut wrenching remorse at the untimely demise of such a stalwart and useful member of society? Now, i wonder if he was such a man or a horse of a different color?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Poor Josiah Quincy sailing back and forth to England in such a precarious state of health!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes....I almost made it but it is long. I wonder why I am a little tired today!!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that every high school student should absolutely read! (and everyone else mature enough for the true stuff of war).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gary Greenberg
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    For more than two years, author and psychotherapist Gary Greenberg has embedded himself in the war that broke out over the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM) - the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) compendium of mental illnesses and what Greenberg calls "the book of woe". Since its debut in 1952, the book has been frequently revised, and with each revision, the "official" view on which psychological problems constitute mental illness has changed.

    NYNM says: "Disappointment"
    "The Book of Whoa!"
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    What would have made The Book of Woe better?

    The fact that Gary Greenberg is only a psychotherapist and not a psychiatrist immediately raises the red flags that he has his own agenda to promote. He does. He has divorced himself from the whole sorry mess and does not use any codes or bill insurance companies. He does say that he tries to be benevolent in his billing scale. He further advocates for boys who want to be girls and vice versa and helps his patients to rationalize whatever behavior they choose.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Gary Greenberg again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Drummond’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Book of Woe?

    This question is not really applicable to this book, but I suppose that I would have found the book more acceptable, if he hadn't pushed his own agenda so obviously.


    Any additional comments?

    I agree wholeheartedly that the DSM-5 is a book that no one really needs to buy and that the entire practice of psychiatry and psychology is pseudoscience.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fred Anderson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (128)
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    Apart from The Last of the Mohicans, most Americans know little of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years' War, and yet it remains one of the most fascinating periods in our history. In January 2006, PBS will air The War That Made America, a four-part documentary about this epic conflict. Fred Anderson, the award-winning and critically acclaimed historian, has written the official tie-in to this exciting television event.

    Michael says: "A thorough and absorbing history"
    "History Trumps Fiction"
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    If you could sum up The War That Made America in three words, what would they be?

    This book masterfully tied up some loose ends in my knowledge of pre-revolutionary North American History


    What other book might you compare The War That Made America to and why?

    It was written in the woven style of Chernow in Washington: A Life. George was a key figure in the French and Indian war,also.


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

    Simon Vance should be cloned. He is an excellent narrator who moves to French with ease and whose cadence is perfect.


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

    Blood and Gore for a Winning Score


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate the intrigues of the Iroquois League much better. What better way for Quakers to fight than to have Indians do it for them!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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