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Warnie

Plano, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Mummy Case: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (628)

    The indomitable Amelia Peabody and her husband, known to many as "the Father of Curses", are into archaeology and mischief again. This third in the series brings the reader once more into Egypt and the shady world of black market antiquities. The winter excavation season has hardly yet begun when Amelia stumbles onto what looks suspiciously like a ring of thieves.

    Fay says: "The Emersons and the mummy case - a must listen"
    "So Much Fun"
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    This hasn't typically been one of my favorites in book form, but man, Barbara Rosenblat's narration kind of made this magical for me. I had a difficult time with her at first, but with this third book, it's obvious she's grown into the characters, and now the voices she uses for Peabody, Emerson and Ramses just seem perfect to me. It's really been great fun listening to this series instead of reading it, and I can't wait to start the fourth book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lion in the Valley: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (508)

    Amelia Peabody, archaeologist and woman extraordinaire, should have greeted the approaching excavation with transports of joy. Nothing in the world could compare with exploring the muddy, musty corridors of some bat-infested pyramid. And at Dahshoor, to which she was headed, there existed some particularly fine specimens.

    Coffee Lover says: "A Delicious Confection"
    "Another fun book in the series"
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    Once again, very fun to experience this story again on audio, but in this case, I definitely still prefer the print version, mainly because the voice Barbara Rosenblat uses for Sethos is awful. At least in my opinion. Ah, well. Other than that, totally enjoyable though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (1445)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (733)

    Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

    Chris says: "Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance"
    "Shenanigans in Ancient Rome"
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    Much more entertaining than I thought it would be going in--I mean, I should have known, right? Political intrigue, murder, forced suicide, voluntary suicide, torture, poison, banishment, war...those ancient Roman emperors kept themselves busy! I liked hearing the story from Claudius' point of view--I found him very likable, and the narration for the audiobook was great (other than a couple brief moments when he slipped into what sounded suspiciously like a Southern drawl). I assumed going in that, though I was interested enough to read this first book in the series, I wouldn't want to continue with it. But...I'm definitely considering it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1809)
    Performance
    (810)
    Story
    (818)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Charles says: "Inspiring book, HORRIBLE reader."
    "Funny Feynman"
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    Very entertaining--Feynman's stories are pretty much always amusing--there's a child-like quality about him here, in his love of pranks and his ability to throw himself into whatever topic he might be curious about. There's also something childish about him at times--in his way of handling authority or rules or events he doesn't like. I can't decide whether I would have loved this man had I known him in real life, or whether he would have driven me absolutely crazy. Maybe a little of both. Anyway, this is definitely well worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2941)
    Performance
    (1711)
    Story
    (1704)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "An all-time favorite"
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    I've read this book sooooo many times already, but when I saw the audio version on sale for $5.00, I just couldn't pass it up. Though it took me a little while to get used to the narrator (she just sounded so much older than 34, which is Amelia's age when she writes her story down, describing events that took place in her 32nd year), but once I managed to distance myself from the voices for the characters that I've always heard in my head, I really enjoyed her delivery. It's a little bit of a different take, on Peabody and Emerson especially, than I'd imagined; it will be interesting to see if any of the audio version creeps into the in-my-head version the next time I read this in print! Anyway, in the end, I think the narrator did a great job, and I had just as much fun listening as I always have reading it. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (2066)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (954)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "Surprisingly smitten"
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    Oh, man, this was so much fun! I totally didn't expect to like this so much, but Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pretty much immediately sucked me in, and Patrick Tull did a fantastic job narrating. Friendship, adventure, plenty of nautical battles...I am definitely looking forward to their next one. 20 more books to go--ha!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3355)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1840)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "Definitely compelling"
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    I didn't really expect to like this much at first. I'm not generally real big on westerns, and it's super long, and the first hour or so of the audiobook didn't grab me. But before too long, I found myself totally sucked in, and the 36+ hours of audiobook flew by.

    Sure, I had a few complaints here and there. Early on I got pretty tired of the "woe is me, I'm in love with a whore" business from half the men in Lonesome Dove, though I did like Lorena herself well enough. And sometimes it felt like things just sort of...happened, without there really being much of a reason for it. I guess maybe McMurtry was going for real life there--sometimes you meet people and some stuff happens, and then they die, the end. But I guess part of me was expecting certain characters to actually serve some purpose within the story, rather than just being there for awhile and then disappearing almost entirely. And the end felt really...abrupt and kind of anti-climactic and left some pretty major loose ends left hanging. So, no, I by no means thought this book was perfect.

    Still though, I absolutely fell in love with several of the characters, and loved how real and flawed they seemed, Gus especially. And I had a hard time disengaging myself from the story, and ended up doing things like sitting in the car once I had arrived at my destination in order to listen a little longer, or like listening on my headphones at work between phone calls (shhhh!).

    So in the end, I consider this a pretty great book, despite its flaws. I'll probably even read it again at some point, and I'm definitely planning on watching the movie as soon as I can find the time.

    The idea of reading the sequels scares me though. We'll see...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Blixen
    • Narrated By Julie Christie
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    After the failure of her coffee farm, Karen Blixen returned to Denmark, where she wrote this classic account of her experiences. Out of Africa is a celebration of her life there and her friendship with the various peoples of the area. Her sympathetic response to the landscape and animals are drawn with warmth and unusual clarity.

    Mark says: "Transported there"
    "Not my fave"
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    Well, I thought I would love this one as much as I did West With the Night, but...no. Sure, there are some really beautiful descriptions here and there, and a couple of really compelling stories. But I got really tired of hearing "all natives do/think/act in this way" and also of hearing them compared to animals and white people to God. Yes, I realize it was a different time, but for whatever reason I had a much harder time with the way she talked about the Kikuyu people than I've had with any other book ever written during that time. I just couldn't bring myself to like her. In addition, there seemed to be a lot of the story that was alluded to but not actually talked about, and towards the end there were a bunch of little...anecdotes...that didn't really go anywhere. Still, there were enough great descriptions of the land and of her adventures with friends and of leaving the farm that I can't write it off entirely. I actually did enjoy a large part of it. Just...with reservations.

    I don't know, I guess it's possible it was partly the narration that annoyed me. I didn't love the accents Julie Christie used. But I think it's really that I just found Blixen offputting. I'll be interested to read some of her works of fiction though.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Widow and Her Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tom Keneally
    • Narrated By Beverley Dunn, David Tredinnick
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    When Grace married Captain Leo Waterhouse in Australia in 1943, they were young, in love - and at war. Like many other young men and women, they were ready, willing and able to put the war effort first. They never seriously doubted that they would come through unscathed. But Leo never returned from a commando mission masterminded by his own hero figure, an eccentric and charismatic man who inspired total loyalty from those under his command.

    Jan says: "Summary misleading."
    "Very good"
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    Looks like not everyone's been terribly impressed by this one, but I really enjoyed it. I'm not entirely sure what folks were expecting, but having read another of Keneally's books (Victim of the Aurora), I knew I was probably in for a quiet and very convincing piece of historical fiction, and I wasn't disappointed one bit.

    80-something-year-old Grace tells the story of her life with Leo, from courtship to marriage to widowhood, and of Leo's involvement with one Major Doucette and his obsession with dangerous missions to Singapore. It's a story of love and war and heroism and, maybe, about how the ghosts of your past can follow you for the rest of your life, if you let them.

    As for the narration, Beverly Dunn, who was the voice of Grace, was fantastic--I absolutely loved her. I had a much more difficult time with David Tredinnick's narration for Leo's parts, because he just sounded so much older than I pictured Leo being at the time, and I could never quite reconcile the voice with the words. But there really aren't a whole lot of Leo bits, so it wasn't enough to really detract from the story as a whole.

    Anyway, I definitely consider myself a fan of Keneally's at this point, and look forward to reading more of his work!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Ann Patchett
    Overall
    (3092)
    Performance
    (2559)
    Story
    (2574)

    We are excited to present our members with a gift that is truly unique: an original essay, available exclusively here at Audible, written and voiced by best-selling author – and fellow listener – Ann Patchett. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a very real love story, and one that is much more about the journey than the destination.

    Lee says: "Was this our holiday present?"
    "Meh"
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    This was free, and that's really the only reason I listened to it. I've never read anything else by Ann Patchett, although I know a lot of folks really love her. I'd be open to trying something fictional of hers at some point, but I wasn't really all that impressed with this essay about her marriages.

    First of all, is it just me, or did it seem kind of weird and slightly unbelievable that this woman has known two people that were so ridiculously hot that they like, couldn't go out in public without strangers throwing themselves at them? Maybe the 70s were a really different time, but...bag boys randomly attempting to kiss her mom in the parking lot? She says it like this happened all the time, which...just...whaaaaat? Who behaves that way? I didn't buy it. Either she's really exaggerating, or there was something very different going on there than she realized as a child. And people constantly calling the hospital where her future husband worked in order to ask him out? And the restaurant scene where the lady pretends to have heart palpitations and then just horns in on them at their table in order to drape herself all over him? Really?

    Yeah, okay, that's totally not the point of the essay, but that stuff really bothered me because it just felt so made-up somehow. Maybe I just haven't ever known any people as ridiculously hot as those two? Well anyway, moving on...

    I also had a very difficult time of relating to just about anything in her story about marriage, other than the "does he make you a better person?" question. That question makes a lot of sense. But her journey to being able to answer yes to it just seemed so far removed from what I've experienced, or from what anyone else I know has experienced, that I just came away from this feeling...irritated and judgmental. Which I'm sure is not at all what she was going for. I couldn't quite bring myself to like Patchett, is the thing. And that made it hard for me to appreciate much of what she was saying here. Sorry, Patchett fans.

    I don't generally feel like a super cynical person, but I felt more so after listening to this, for whatever reason. Make of that what you will.

    At least it's really short!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Barbara Mertz
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    In this updated version of the classic of popular Egyptology, Barbara Mertz combines her doctorate in Egyptology at the famed Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with a life-long enthusiasm for ancient Egypt. Her love of the subject is contagious and makes her the perfect guide to ancient Egypt for the student, the layman, and those who plan to visit or have visited the Nile Valley.

    Ethan M. says: "One of the best history books on Audible"
    "Really Enjoyable"
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    I liked this one even more than I did Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, probably mostly because while Red Land, Black Land covers the daily life of Regular Joe ancient Egyptians, this book covers the monuments and tombs and personalities I was already familiar with. Also, I will admit that I was mostly familiar with the aforementioned monuments and tombs and personalities from reading the author's Amelia Peabody series--heh! It was fun to go back and visit places Amelia and Emerson had been in those books--the Bent Pyramid at Dahshur, Deir el-Bahri, el-Amarna... And like I said about Red Land, Black Land, Mertz lends the same sense of humor to her non-fiction books that she does to her fiction, and I found her ocassional sarcastic or snarky or tongue-in-cheek comments amusing and delightful. Well worth a read, for Peabody fans, or for anyone interested in ancient Egyptian history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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